Shock and horror over Hinkson’s death by fire

When a group of friends dispersed yesterday from a neighborhood shop in St Elizabeth, St Joseph, the last thing they expected to hear was that one of them, 62-year-old Glen Hinkson, would soon be dead.

The charred remains of Hinkson, a former policeman and photographer of Sunbury, St Philip, were discovered by lawmen around 10 p.m. on the steps of what is believed to be a family home. No foul play was suspected in his death.

Police were responding to reports of a person on fire when they made the discovery.

Peter Foster remains in shock after the sudden death of his cousin Glen Hinkson (inset).

When Barbados TODAY visited the area today, many were reluctant to speak. However, some of those with whom Hinkson was liming mere hours before he died, expressed shock and sadness at his death.

“I’m very shocked to hear what happened. It made me cry man. He just came back from Canada last week. He told me he was going to be here for four weeks, now this happen. It’s just sad,” Hinkson’s cousin Peter Foster said in disbelief.

In recounting their last interaction, Foster said: “He shake my hand and say, ‘cuz’, and we stayed here for a while. But I went home and left him. I wasn’t in the mood for drinking yesterday. When I heard, I cry boy. Water rolled out my eyes.”

The details surrounding Hinkson’s death remained sketchy, and Foster said he would not speculate.   

“You don’t say things you don’t know. But I’m just hurt by this. I tried calling his brother today to speak to him but I didn’t hear him. I’m pretty sure he’s upset by all of this. I don’t understand it. I don’t even know why he came up here. He was staying with his brother. I don’t want to get involved in it though,” he added, going on to confirm that Hinkson had two sisters and three brothers.

Another neighbour who requested anonymity said he was still in shock.

“He was alert and well. He was good when I left him. We took a bus to Speightstown together yesterday. Only this morning I heard that he was on fire and died last night. It sounds funny to me because he is not a foolish man. But I really don’t know what happened,” he said.

Police said they were continuing their investigations into the matter.

32 Responses to Shock and horror over Hinkson’s death by fire

  1. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome September 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    What de hell is this?

  2. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow September 28, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Accidental or murder

  3. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype September 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Rest in peace Glen.

  4. Sheena JB Twyman-Musgrave
    Sheena JB Twyman-Musgrave September 28, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Chen Griffith

  5. Hyacinth Mayers
    Hyacinth Mayers September 29, 2017 at 3:55 am

    RIP GLen
    How is this an accident BPF do you bloody job and investigate.

    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed September 29, 2017 at 8:01 am

      You read the part that said” investigations are continuing??”

  6. Margaret Haywood
    Margaret Haywood September 29, 2017 at 6:35 am

    i don’t understand ‘no foul play’ . Is it normal for people walk around and suddenly catch afire?

    • Biscuits September 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      My thoughts too…hope they get to the bottom of this!

    • Reg September 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      It is rare for people to catch afire, but it happens. It is called,” Spontaneous Human Combustion.”

  7. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 29, 2017 at 6:53 am


  8. Olivia Howard
    Olivia Howard September 29, 2017 at 7:16 am

    So sad R I P

  9. Melissa Applewaithe
    Melissa Applewaithe September 29, 2017 at 7:37 am

    A voice note came around saying he went to burn down his sisters house accidentally got the liquid on himself and as he lit it he was caught on fire as well.

  10. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell September 29, 2017 at 7:41 am

    R.i.P it’s a funny thing

  11. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 29, 2017 at 8:47 am

    There is no love amongst some families. They always fighting for DEAD LEFT LAND. Right now I know that they are sorry that they lost a family member that way. Who knows them would be telling the public a lot of stories about the family. RIP.

    • Jennifer September 29, 2017 at 9:22 am

      “There is no love amongst some families” – why you think so ????? Angus

      • charjoy September 29, 2017 at 9:30 am

        Jennifer don’t you that also?

  12. charjoy September 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Jennifer don’t you think that also?

    • Jennifer September 29, 2017 at 9:39 am

      @Charjoy – very much so, but why.

      • Jennifer September 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm

        The MAJORITY of this people do this sort of bad stuff to each other and can’t get along shi* due to mind destruction and a LACK of identity. Base line thinking. Simple.

  13. real vexx September 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

    A stranger in the street does treat you better than family…. Don’t talk bout when you start to show progress in life, family is the head ones that get red eye….dem feel that dem one should got….

  14. Eve Harewood
    Eve Harewood September 29, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Ort wait I think I read this correct this man went by a family member to burn down where dis person live ,wait correct me if I Rong n burn up heself instead ? How very sad seems like a dose of karma to me I guess some ppl just dont understand

  15. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett September 29, 2017 at 10:29 am

    We brought nothing in this world and we take nothing….I’m yet to see a casket with shelves to take material possessions to the great beyond!!!!!!live laugh love everyday like it’s you’d last…Why fight

  16. Christina September 29, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Can you all stop speculating family issues. Please let me uncle Rest In Peace. Thank you very much.

    • Hewers of wood September 29, 2017 at 11:29 am

      This is a public blog first of all. Your family have publicized the issues which is all over Barbados already. And no one ain’t stopping him from resting in peace. People will talk even at his funeral dear. That is just how it is.

  17. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke September 29, 2017 at 10:36 am

    May his soul rest in peace.

  18. Christina Donovan
    Christina Donovan September 29, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Can you all stop speculating. Please let my uncle Rest In Peace. Thank you very much.

    Thanks for the sincere condolences.

  19. Helicopter(8P) September 29, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Was this what we call spontanious combustion where when a humanbeing ignites from internally?

  20. Gearbox1964 September 29, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Certainly he should have known that even if he was successful in burning down the house and walking away, that he would have ended up in prison. Or ex-police doan guh prison in Barbados?

  21. Donild Trimp September 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    @ Jennifer –
    A friend sent me a picture of this house.

    Don’t worth dying for sssttteeewwwwppppsss!!!!!

    Meaningless death. RIP nevertheless.

    • Jennifer September 29, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Donild, maybe it is the land in need. Burn the house.

  22. sungoddess September 30, 2017 at 7:08 am

    RIP Glenn, my old colleague.

  23. Helicopter(8P) September 30, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    He would now be one less person the Royal Mounted Police would have to protect!


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