Hang them

MP calls for death penalty in the wake of St George double murder

Shattered by the gruesome killing of two of his constituents, Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland wants the killer or killers to hang.

Sutherland was a close friend and business associate of Vincent Robinson, 80, the owner of Prerogative House in Prerogative, St George, who, along with the caretaker, Guyanese Tony Singh, 49, was slashed to death at the property sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Robinson’s body was found at the front door of the guest house in a pool of blood, while Singh’s body was discovered upstairs in a bedroom.

Two Son’s Funeral home removing one of the bodies from the murder scene.

While Robinson’s daughter Joan Smith, who made the horrific discovery, was much too distraught to talk, a clearly upset Sutherland said it was time to revisit the issue of the death penalty – which remains in the statute books – and hang those who commit such monstrous crimes.

“I think that people ought to pay for these murders. You can’t just feel comfortable to sit down at Dodds Her Majesty Prison for 17 years and then return to society after a crime such as this one,” the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) legislator said in an apparent reference to the release of convicted killers who  have spent time behind bars.

Parliamentary Representative for St George South Dwight Sutherland

Last year of Arleigh Hector James, who had been found guilty and sentenced to hang in 1996 for the murder of his wife and stepdaughter two years earlier, and Adrian Fitzgerald Peter Bradshaw, who had once terrorized Barbados in the 80’s along with infamous criminals Winston Hall and David Oliver, and was incarcerated back in 1985 for the brutal murder of 74-year-old plantation owner Cyril Sisnett, were released from jail to the dismay of many Barbadians.

“I think stiffer penalties must be enforced on persons who are found guilty of these acts of murder and if it takes bringing back hanging to restore our society then I am all for it.

“I don’t see nothing wrong with bringing back some level of peace and quiet and allowing our citizens to feel comfortable and not be afraid that when they close the doors at night that someone is out there lurking around,” Sutherland said

The parliamentarian also called on both Government and Opposition to join forces in the fight against rising violence, which has gripped the country in recent times.   

“These are some serious times; it calls for unity and it calls for policy initiatives and it calls for us to sit down as citizens and forget the politics. Let us unite as the citizens of this country to return Barbados to a place we can be proud of in terms of a violent-free and incident-free country,” he added.

The quiet and close-knit community was horrified when news broke that the bloodied bodies of the two men were discovered in the quaint two-storey guest house known for hosting weddings, family functions and other events.

Joan Smith, daughter of the deceased Vincent Robinson being comforted by friends and family.

Smith was numbed by what she found when she arrived at her father’s residence around 10 a.m. Sunday.

While friends tried to make sense of the share butchery, Robinson’s daughter hugged herself and simply stared into the house.   

Mike Hayde was one of Robinson’s close friends who rushed to the murder scene as soon as he got the news.

Mike Hayde, close friend of the deceased Vincent Robinson

Hayde told Barbados TODAY he was at a church service when his friend Cyril Codrington rang him.

He missed the first call, but realized something was amiss when Codrington rang again.

“When Cyril called me a second time I had to get up and finally come outside to answer. Cyril told me we have some serious problems here at Prerogative House. He said someone broke into the house and killed Vincent and Tony,” Hayde said, his breathing betraying a mix of pain and anger.

Just last Friday the three men had gathered on the same porch, at the same window that was smashed and possibly used by the killer or killers to enter the building.

The men often spent their evenings relaxing on the veranda, engaging in conversation until the sky darkened.

Hayde said he failed to understand why someone would commit this heinous act against such a kind and generous man.

“Vincent is such a nice guy that if you wanted to have a function here, he would just offer you the place – especially a wake after a funeral – without any charges or anything. He is a very friendly guy.

“I still cannot come to terms with why a person would want to do something like this to Vincent. And the hurtful thing about it is … he just went to America to bury one of his siblings,” he said.

“We have to have this killing stopped somehow or the other. If you do the crime you should pay the penalty and I strongly believe in that,” he aded.

Cyril Codrington, childhood friend of one of the deceased

Codrington also was just as conflicted.

He said he and Robinson had been virtually stuck at the hip from the time they were children.

“To talk about it now is not easy because if it is somebody in the district that got killed it hurts. But this is personal, very personal. I am hoping to God that they do get some finality in this murder because it seems as if they can catch these fellas and find some excuse for them.

“Until we get the person who do these crimes punished and punished to fit the crime, it is going to happen all the time” Codrington stated.


37 Responses to Hang them

  1. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry July 3, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Who does that? Yes hang them

  2. Sam Alleyne
    Sam Alleyne July 3, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Hang them YES! I would take the job without pay.

  3. Anna Spink-Pitcher
    Anna Spink-Pitcher July 4, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Bring back thee death penalty

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 4, 2017 at 3:05 am

    POLITICIANS IS WHO get this place like that. Unless they start to hang these CRIMINALS. BARBADOS is going to get WORST . They will only get serious when certain types of people family start getting killed. The people have the power. To Rebel against the state once the government is not doing what they want. Now that Election is closed. No one should be VOTING until the government start back HANGING

    • Gearbox1964 July 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Some of the politicians want hanging too in my opinion.

  5. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata July 4, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Hang all killers

  6. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor July 4, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Hang them now its your close friend! Wunna too like to be pun stage…. All kinda ppl friends and family get kill and we ain’t hear u repeatedly calling for the killers to get hang……We gine be hanging as soon as wunna get in fa mismanagement of funds, tek it light!

  7. Rhonda Simpson
    Rhonda Simpson July 4, 2017 at 4:18 am

    They fell to pressure from amnesty international and changed hanging. Lethal injection is less inhumane, either way crime has to come to a halt. When people stop coming to Bim then they will see.

  8. Julian Reifer
    Julian Reifer July 4, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Why is the call for hanging so strong now it is the wealthy that is murdered? This place will never change. Why is the outcry so low profiled when poor people are murdered? People are saying here that it is a robbery gone bad, What if it is a drug deal gone wrong, because make no mistake it is the people higher up in society who are bringing in the Coke and guns. poor people don`t have the wealth or means, and they are not invisible when coming through the customs. Go and watch at the airport, and you will see who comes through without being search.

    • Leroy July 4, 2017 at 6:52 am

      I understand your sentiment but this aint no drug deal gone wrong.
      Just opportunistic and someone/s will be caught.

  9. hcalndre July 4, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Look! Barbados don`t have anything to lose should they bring back the death penalty for these heinous crimes. Amnesty international has not stop the US from putting a man to death after 20 plus years, a few weeks ago. They have all the time to appeal and what ever and at the end they still have to go and if a person is condemned and spends 4 or 5 years on death row in Barbados they say that he can`t be put to death and in another 10 years he is on the streets again, the deceased family only knows through the media. That`s how Barbados do things because they really are not ready yet. “Not on my watch” is enough to send this man packing when ever the bell rings because he is not serving any real purpose.

  10. Barbados Citizen July 4, 2017 at 6:09 am

    It is a real shame, balanced with some hope now that the deterrent can be used. Why is it shameful? because two friends of friends in a position to influence lawmakers can make this happen….

    As a people we continue to be reactive not proactive. This is demonstrated in homes, families, social communities and even a policy making levels

  11. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 4, 2017 at 6:26 am

    This is a horrible crime and whomever did it must be held accountable but let’s be real MP Sutherland no one is ever going to be hang in Barbados again.

    • hcalndre July 4, 2017 at 7:46 am

      @Rawl Spooner, if a politician like the AG gets in the way, vote him out next time around, you know they like the niceness being an elected politician.

  12. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley July 4, 2017 at 6:27 am

    im all for the death penealty, if the family of the victims, have to do it, in front of the convicted murderer’s families…..if they cant then life in prison with no parole

  13. Jack Hanma
    Jack Hanma July 4, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Ohh now that it close to home hang them………. No wanna got to feel the poor man suffering too rich can’t get off as they feel like all the time so

  14. Jay July 4, 2017 at 7:08 am

    The death penalty has never lowered the violent crime in any country ever, FACTS. Horrible crime, I feel for the family butthe only way to fight crime is to increase opportunity for the people.

    • J. Payne July 5, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      The death penalty hasn’t been applied widescale in Barbados in recent history to compare it too.

  15. Krystal Moise
    Krystal Moise July 4, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Well well welll….these people soooo bias.
    De man was a close friend and associate ta de MP so hang him. If it didnt hit home, yes he might have still been shaken up but ya wudda never hear no talk bout hanging.

  16. Fry Head
    Fry Head July 4, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I said before that ain’t going to solve nun cause look at other countries they got hanging, chair, lettal injection and people still ain’t scared find a better solution

  17. Carson C Cadogan July 4, 2017 at 7:52 am


    This is really amusing coming from a member of the Barbados Labour Party.

    It was the BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY govt. who secretly signed Barbados onto the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) which mandated the abolishing of the DEATH PENALTY in Barbados in June 2000.

  18. Donild Trimp July 4, 2017 at 7:57 am

    @ Julian Reifer –
    “Go and watch at the airport, and you will see who comes through without being search”.

    You are very observant and may I add quite smart.

  19. hcalndre July 4, 2017 at 7:59 am

    @Fry Head, if they`re not scared why do they appeal and appeal to save their lives. In some states of the US when all they appeals are exhausted, don`t care if its 10, 20 years, how ever long it takes they still have to go. They should face the consequences like a man and go quietly. You will see the difference in Barbados if they put one fellow to death so give it a try, then bring the argument,

  20. Taitt Marcia
    Taitt Marcia July 4, 2017 at 8:04 am

    He now wake up and want people hang cause its his friend seriously. Look how much persons lost their lifes and where are the persons that committed these crimes either out on bail and left dey country or in jail waiting to be set free in 15 or 20 years

  21. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow July 4, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Everyone talking about hang with “who will bell the Cat” mentality…How many of you have ever slaughtered a chicken for dinner?

  22. Valdene Lucas
    Valdene Lucas July 4, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Have no idea why they stop hanging …

  23. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan July 4, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Set up the lethal injection. It works in the good old USA. And apparently it’s not inhumane.

  24. alison B July 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Does anyone think they will catch the murderers?? I don’t

  25. Patricia Alleyne July 4, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Suppose this killings turned out to be a case of the two turned on each other?what then ?just asking .

  26. joan Worrell July 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Too many defense lawyers are in the House of Assembly. They defend the same murderers when they lose their seats. Let us get some people in there who aren’t lawyers. Grenville Phillips , do you care to comment?

  27. PiscesQueen July 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I agree that the penalties should be stiffer. In most instances the killers are young men between 17 and 30 who will be out in 15 to 20 years, still in very good health to enjoy a life denied their victims. I do not look forward to the day my son’s killers(19, 25 at the time three years ago) are released. Life should mean life 50 years and more so that they leave old and bend or die in prison.

  28. Margaret Ross-Salavarria July 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Too many deaths in our 166 square miles and a smile wide island, already. Looks like one or more per month, and half the year is over. Something has to be done ASAP. We don’t want to be afraid to come to the island of our birth, with our children and grand children. All this is putting fear in us, if this is not brought under control. Beautiful Barbados.

  29. Phil. USA July 5, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Barbados is the only country I know of where a person can commit murder and In ten years or so they are back on the streets walking around freely. What about the victims. Our lawmakers needs to make the punishment fit the crime. An eye for an eye. Please don’t wait until the horse gets out of the stable to close the door.

  30. Deborah Richards July 5, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I agree with you Jack Ryan get the lethal injection what are you trying to imply Patricia alleyne I’m not getting you

  31. Boycetrev July 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Some of you talking a whole lot of shit and don’t know Bro.Robinson at all, he is not a wealthy man just an ordinary every day person trying to get along like us.a man who will give and do with out, l had the pleasure to spend time with him here in New York and in Barbados when I visit,and YES we need the death penalty not only now but long before

  32. nanci July 5, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    barbados just as bad as trinidad and jamaica, when someone could smash your windows and come in to kill you in such a heinous way, what is the minds of these people. Lots of robbers walk around at night casing homes to see who they can rob. These poor men didnt even had a gun to job shoot them dead. Those robbers were watching and casing that house. Some humans like snakes and lions these days, they like wild animals. I hope these people get caught, and I hope the right people get caught. Most likely they didnt get much. If people think you have money they coming to kill you


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