Brathwaite under fire in the wake of double homicide

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite is facing intense political pressure following last night’s double homicide at Marley Vale, St Philip.

The man shadowing Brathwaite for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Dale Marshall, and the leader of Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) Neil Holder are of the view that Brathwaite is asleep at the wheel while the country’s safety and security careen towards a precipice.

Police reported that 21-year-old Kyle Rico Sad Boy Burgess and 23-year-old Renaldo Gittens, both of East Point, St Philip, were shot and killed sometime before 8 p.m. last night. The men were liming with a group when gunshots erupted, causing the crowd to flee in panic. It was not immediately clear who was behind the shooting.

Burgess and Gittens were later found lying motionless on the ground.

Last night’s killings took to five, the number for the month of August, and 25th for the year so far, surpassing the 22 murders for all of last year. All but four of this year’s homicides have been through shootings.

Brathwaite recently announced plans to introduce legislation to combat the rising gun violence, before stating later that Government would call in the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) to aid the police in bringing calm back to the society, which many feel is under siege by gunmen.

However, with no visible signs of action from Government’s top legal advisor, Holder today called on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to fire the attorney general if he refuses to step down.

“Tonight I am calling on the attorney general to resign. I am calling on you to step down and do the honourable thing and remove yourself from that high office which we once esteemed to be one that maintained law and order in our country. Under the AG’s watch there has been chaos, crime and violence and it seems as though his boss, Mr Freundel Stuart is happy with his poor performance. We the citizens of Barbados are not happy with the AG’s performance, so the Honourable Freundel Stuart needs to find an interim attorney general who is willing to fight crime,” Holder said in a recorded statement to the media.

Marshall also delivered a damning indictment of Brathwaite’s handling of the recent spate of shootings, describing the attorney general as a “mere spectator” who continued to remain silent while the country was facing a crisis.

“We cannot expect the police force to share operational details with the public, but the country needs to hear from the leadership on what is being done to deal with these issues and what role we can play in the fight. The attorney general also has to stop being a mere spectator in matters for which he has legal responsibility and which he has the duty to initiate,” Marshall stated in a press release.

The former attorney general accused Government of abdicating its responsibility at a time when the country is in need of reassurance from its elected representatives.

“I am gratified that two former Commissioners of Police have been moved in recent weeks to add their voices to the debate. Both highlighted the fact that one of the major challenges for the proper functioning of our police force was the absence of leadership at the highest level. It would therefore not be surprising that the Prime Minister of Barbados, who was on the scene of the Marley Vale murders last night, declined to make any comment.

“The Government must give leadership to this battle, and a battle it has now become. To deny that in recent years there has been a tremendous upsurge in firearm usage in Barbados would be to bury our heads in the sand,” Marshall stressed.

25 Responses to Brathwaite under fire in the wake of double homicide

  1. Darson August 30, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Attorney General :
    Crime Fighter ?,
    What policy would he ,you .or anyone else Implement that would solve the problem .
    Stop being political and let the relevant authorities do the job : if the public knows what is being done to solve the problem ,the perpetrator would know as well.
    what is it you really want him to do? pick up a gun and go after them ,
    how is the police to know when,how,where,who,what ,they will do next?
    we have opened the country to too many potential Criminals and We need to pay more attention to excons ,foreign and domestic.
    Do not underestimate anyone , the style has changed but this has a pattern to it .

  2. hcalndre August 30, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Hey! you`ll know very well that the PM is not going to fire no one, he is very satisfied with the performances of his ministers. At this time they are no more turns so he will wait it out for those last days.

  3. Darson August 30, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    So what is he to do? the Big Guns are on the streets in the hands of Assasins , People who cant afford food but can buy ,rent ,or acquire guns and ammunition , they seem to fear not , and care less about law and order , anyone of anything else .

  4. Randolph August 30, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Didn’tRonaldJones recently agreed with Adriel Brathwaite talking about giving these criminals a second chance?Now he is huffing and puffing talking about serious justice.The man who talked about shooting and cracking heads.How could the people in his constituency vote for him again?

  5. Darson August 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Stop you Rubbish ,what does voting have to do with anything , do you really see this as a political issue .
    what does one have to do with the other.
    Ronald is an educator and would like to see everyone given a second chance .
    This real life not the puppet show .Harsh Justice and no Reprimand of the Police in the discharge of duty , internal trials and no more public hearing on our Force .

  6. Lori August 31, 2017 at 12:12 am

    The people in barbados need to let the police do their job
    Saw a social media video today with persons clearly disrespecting the police ..same police that if someone break into their house they will run to..I say put the defence force alongside the police and there will be a change..some of these people need roughing up..what second chance what Mr attorney general. ,don’t you see how they behave when they leave the court.,,,,sigh

  7. Jennifer August 31, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Let some disaster happen bout here and you will see some real trouble. Cow boy style.

    • Jennifer August 31, 2017 at 2:13 am

      Bunch of lame ducks.

  8. Johnathan August 31, 2017 at 6:51 am

    @darson you just come town have not a clue and working hatd to impress. None of tbe points you made make sense to the biggest clown. Like you Adruel Brathwaite has not a clue and should resign. He should encourage the PM to call an election in the interest of the people of this country. They are simply enjoying the ride and are a shameless uncaring bunch.

    • harry turnover August 31, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Well said Johnathan. The AG doesn’t have a CLUE ,doesn’t know what to do either.The POWERS that be DON”T WANT outside help EITHER because PROMINENT PEOPLE WOULD BE EXPOSED.

      To date the AG and the Government has come up with NOTHING …DONE NOTHING to get behind those who are importing the GUNS

      • Jennifer August 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

        Oh yes Harry. Who out of jail should be in for crimes against this people. Like that one,……. Pure sluge.

  9. Darson August 31, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Johnathan , I am not in town , I am not trying to impress anyone I make my points , and I read every one of yours and others .
    I hope you try to impress as well .
    It takes nothing to find fault ,But it is a different matter finding solutions and implementing them .
    please note (what you write can be seen all over the World )
    so I think before I write .
    Maybe you should try that .

  10. Alex Alleyne August 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

    The AG is LOST in his Job, so someone told him to bring in the BDF to work with the RBPF which I support to the max. In doing so which was long over due , not one of his party members or even the opposition came out and support him on this “great move”. A super large haul of “white powder” just got hold and not a name or place was listed. Here in BIM it is said that the Gin violence is link to DRUGS/GANGS.
    Was that “powder” for BIM , or was it just passing through ?????.

  11. Alex Alleyne August 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Everyone in their right mind know clearly that the AG is clueless in his position and should be removed long time ago. I must say tho, that he call in the BDF to work with the RBPF to help with the crime situation which I supported. Sad thing about that move that I have not heard not one of his party members or anyone on the Opposition side supported him on this great move. If all the Politicians care so much about BARBADOS I would have thought that some of them would have given support about finally something is being done.
    First out the blocks should have been the PM giving the AG the “high-five”.

  12. V.I Till I Die August 31, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Bajans Lend Me Your Ears. So let me get this right. If I flew to Barbados and commit a crime that neither political party is aware of we must blame the attorney general. How can attorney general be the one to blame about a killing that occur miles away that he is completely oblivious too? Bajans Lend Me Your Ears

  13. milli watt August 31, 2017 at 9:34 am

    this AG might be on to something……..let’s have a look at this mathematically. let X represent the AG doing nothing and Y represent the Bad Boys doing something. Now if doing nothing equals doing something then the equation equals 0.

    X – Y = 0. This is what we want zero murders. I got to admit this is the best work I have seen this AG undertake in 9 years. He got my vote

  14. Head shots August 31, 2017 at 11:37 am

    You know things bad when a government got to tell big people dont kill each other,the people are part of the problem too because we see things happening and don’t speak out about it but want complain when it land at your door step ..Bsjans don’t have no love for each other everyone angry before they try and use that same energy to do good they rather kill and steal no government could save some one who don’t want be saved and bunch of jokers look at the others races in Barbados do you see them killing each other because they understand that when you work together you get more done and you have more power and influence

  15. Carlisle norville August 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    to all of you who made your comments, how about this one( as an Ex Lance Corporal of the Barbados Coast guard, I can tell you that
    all the police have to do, & may be doing, is gather all the information they can, about certain individuals, then make an arrest,& under interrogation extract from him, or her all relevant information( interrogation is the key to getting all the information you need & problems solved.!

  16. Biscuits August 31, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    What a pity some would seek to make every issue a political football! It is so easy and cowardly to point fingers at others…something we Bajans are becoming rather adept at nowadays. A far more admirable action, would be for those who are so critical of the AG et al, to seek to put their solutions forward for the benefit of the country.
    WE …all ah WE…have contributed to the situation we now find ourselves in.

  17. David Hall August 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    The current Attorney General is useless!

  18. Sheron Inniss August 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    If I am to believe the flies, corruption in high places, as the small fries are not paying for the guns coming into Bim. This may lead me to think that those in the know are covering their tails to keep themselves safe. Therefore, I pray to THE I AM to keep me and mine safe each and every day, hour, minute, second. Yuh all understand where I am coming from.

  19. Kevin August 31, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    This why nothing gets done in this country. Instead of placing first blame on the criminals and their immediate family and neighbourhoods, people will instead blame a politician. Smh.

  20. teasingbow132 August 31, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    AG will do something when it happen to his family or someone dare to him. so we are wasting our time talking.

  21. jrsmith August 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    @,Alex A, hail,hail, your (8:00 ) good shot all on the button , may I add ,…. the AG is clueless and should be remove long time ago , but not only him but all of the government ,….. my point which I keep shouting , we have no way to remove any politicians in barbados fro office whether they are good or bad , thats why they do what they like , they say what they like ,they behave how they like , treat our people like****e and we like it or lump it…………..

    My take , we have a government for 9 years and they cant tick any of the done by government boxes…. Our people need to take our barbados back from our politicians ,who is out of control these people show no real concern for our black masses…….
    ………….We need an act of parliament , namely so the (Accountability Act 2017 ) which would automatically be enforced to use the same votes , which were used to put the (MPs) in office be used to remove them if they are not working for and on behalf of our people ……
    Why should our people go through years again of pain knowing that if politicians fail , the only way to remove them is to take the burden for 5 years before the chance to vote and may be remove them, all our voters seems to do in barbados is to secure politicians jobs for political periods all they do get they pay as failures , bajans, this must stop , we have no bargaining power against our politicians good or bad……………….We cannot challenge them , our people is backed into a corner……..

  22. Lorenzo August 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Darson seems to be a clown who now come town,who is to lead the the charge against this lawlessness the opposition?The DLP is the elected Government of which the AG is responsible for policy,so Kevin come again.This AG once reportedly said no one will be hung under his watch,therefore there will be no effort to resume hanging while he is the AG.Afterwards he speaks about giving youth a second chance,to do what kill more innocent people,he is too soft on crime and needs to resign or be fired,as he seems to be a social worker not interested in crimefighting whatsoever.This calls for a joint response of the police and the BDF immediately going into these blocks and doing complete searches.The cat of nine needs to be brought back as well as a few lashes with the cat wwould straighten up a lot of thes wannabe thugs.


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