Police appeal to public to stay clear of crime scenes

Police has expressed concern about public contamination of crime scenes, following videos of the scene of a recent murder in Todds Land, St George, circulating on social media.

The Royal Barbados Police Force’s Public Relations Officer, Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler issued a statement today, on the heels of yesterday’s discovery of the body of 48-year-old of #1 Poole Land, St John resident Kenrick Adolphus Spooner, which had chop wounds to the head.

Lawmen said they have seen video clips of the murder scene and “the behaviour of curious onlookers at the scenes of crime is a major concern for the Force”. “There are instances when civilians converge on scenes before the arrival of police officers,” Cobbler said.

“We are strongly appealing to member of the public who arrive at a crime scene before officers to desist from congregating or walking in the immediate area. This behaviour is likely to have a negative impact on police investigations, since it may result in the crime scene being destroyed or contaminated. As a consequence, evidence which may assist with the investigations may be damaged.”

Police also reiterated their appeal for persons to desist from “posting such horrific incidents on the social media, taking into consideration the emotional trauma it will have on family members.”

7 Responses to Police appeal to public to stay clear of crime scenes

  1. Rickie Nurse July 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I posted similar sentiments on open Facebook today about this practice today reiterating what Ag Insp. Roland Cobbler is stressing here. It is absolutely ridiculous and reckless in actions, not only to the Police investigation of the homicide, but the lack of empathy for the relatives of the deceased person. Persons have to understand that they can be charged and prosecuted for such practices if caught, or there is reasonable doubt that their actions have impede the investigation of the crime.

  2. Tony Waterman July 14, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    “”Police appeal to public to stay clear of crime scenes””
    WHY????? are they NO Laws covering this Scenario ???.

    why do we even have an Attorney General, if He/She are going to be so Incompetant.

    (1) First off it should be an offence to approach less than 100 Yds from any Crime Scene, wether or Not the Police have arrived on the scene as yet.
    (2) is should be an Offence to Take any Photos of an Official or perceived Crime Scene, unless authorised to do so, by the Lead Investigating Officer.
    (3) If any Photos of any Crime Scene Perceived or Actual, is posted to the Internet (,Youtube,FB, Instagram, etc) By Law the The Police, should have the LEGAL Right, to Collect the IP Address (192.168.XXX.XXX) and Residential Address of the Person who whose Site has that IP Address. so that Charges can be Laid against that Person whose site has the Photos.

    Fines for Contravening the proposed Laws should be VERY STEEP, and Repeat Offenders should NOT be allowed to have an ISP after X amount of Charges/Convictions against them.

    Anyone who does that here in Ottawa, would have Charges laid against them Immediately.

    This is NOT about anyone knowing better than anyone, this is about Bringing OUR Laws into the 21st Century.

    • Davwin July 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Tony Waterman you should not mislead persons of what obtains in relation to this issue in Ottawa. You and I know that the laws you are proposing for Barbados would never obtain in Canada.
      Tell the public what happened in the case of “Tara Tailfeathers” who was recently murdered in Canada.

  3. Sarifa Patel July 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    It is sad that bajans have lost all morals ,respect and decency when it comes to the privacy of others. They don’t seem to care but just want to post these things on social media. Bet you though if it was them they would do a cuss if people treated them in this manner. At least respect the law. If I had something to do with it I would suggest locking them up for interference

  4. Ernesta Catlyn July 14, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I appreciate and understand the appeal made by the police. However in this case, the family called the police because they knew something was wrong because and age-old pattern was broken – he did not come home for lunch that day. They could not get him on the cell and it was unlike him not to call. By afternoon, he still had not made an appearance. You call the police and they tell you to wait 24 hours – WORLDWIDE THE 24-HOUR WAIT NO LONGER OBTAINS. You examine the circumstances and make a rational decision. Almost the entire district with the help of dogs decided to search for the man themselves. RBPF, the crime scene was contaminated from the onset because you forced the public to do your job.

  5. hcalndre July 14, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    If this person was missing, police were called and they gave this 24 hour wait and see, the family and friends decide to do the searching and found their love one, now the people want to lock up people, how did you think the found him? by helicopter or by foot, others want people banned from using their cells etc., people are being protected by law and if some of you have a problem with cell phones ban them from Barbados, Tony Waterman you can keep those laws in Ottawa.

  6. Tony Waterman July 15, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    @Davwin!!!!! PLEASE!!!!! First off I did say OTTAWA, I did NOT Say CANADA, i cannot speak for even what goes on in other parts of Ontario.
    Next this occoured in Calgary, Alberta, out west 4h 48min away from Ottawa, by Air.
    and the scenario was NOT, NOT the same as what is and always has occoured in Barbados. the Internet Photos were attained differently in Calgary, because the person who took the Photos was someone who was a visitor to the ROOM that Ms.Tailfeather rented. he was the one who found her Dead on one of his Visits.

    As Reported:Ms. Tailfeathers was found dead on April 3 in a room she was renting in Calgary. The man who found her curled up beside her bed told The Globe and Mail he took photographs, including at least one of emergency medical service personnel examining her belongings and of a police officer near an empty gurney.

    Come on People, the Laws here are the same as in Barbados, the only difference is that here they are respected and followed, and in Barbados they are not. please don’t Castigate me for saying it as i and many others see it. you will do that just until it come to your door step, want to hera what you will say then.


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