Living in fear

Community shaken after elderly woman attacked and robbed

Residents of one St Philip community say they are living in fear, following a “horrific” early morning aggravated burglary last weekend that left one elderly resident hospitalized with broken limbs.

Police have confirmed that 83-year-old Colleen Jackman of Harmony Lodge remains warded at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she is being treated for various injuries about the body following Sunday night’s brutal attack by two unidentified perpetrators, who apparently made off with an undisclosed sum of money.

This is the home of 83-year-old Colleen Jackman which was invaded by aggravated burglars in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The incident is the latest to occur in the southern division, which remains a hotbed for crime, with Superintendent in the Southern Division Eucklyn Thompson reporting just over a month ago that at least 16 of the 28 murders this year had occurred in that division, in which over 50 young people were also charged with serious offences such as aggravated burglary, theft, gun related crimes, illegal drugs and rape.

With over 86 cases of gun related crimes, 24 cases of serious bodily harm and 440 cases of illegal drugs said to have occurred in the southern communities this year, residents of Harmony Lodge were nonetheless caught off guard by last weekend’s attack.

“I born out here, I am 59 years [old] and nothing like this never happen out here. This ain’t that kind of neighbourhood,” said one resident, who was still in disbelief over Sunday’s incident.

In fact, he suggested that Jackman, who lived abroad but has been back home for over two decades, was not the type to even harm a fly.

“She would come here and get she hair plait and would talk to everybody good. You could have asked her for anything,” he told Barbados TODAY this morning while scratching his head for answers as to why anyone would want to harm the woman.

The distressed resident, who did not want to be identified by name, said while Jackman lived alone and has no close relatives on the island, “the community was her family [and] we does look out for each other”.

However, as soon as their backs were turned on Sunday morning, Jackman’s home was invaded sometime around 3 a.m.

While details of the incident are still sketchy, neighbours today reported that the senior citizen was left bloodied and bruised following the attack in which the thieves ransacked her home in their quest to find cash and other hidden valuables.

Today, another neighbour, who also did not want to be identified by name, said he was particularly concerned because Jackman was still recovering from a stroke.

“She had not too long come out the hospital and the side she suffered the stroke on is the same side they [the assailants] broke her leg on. It’s broken in two places. They brek she up,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that when he visited Jackman at the QEH this week her face was still swollen and her mouth was bleeding.

However, he said despite the incident, the elderly woman, whose lone daughter resides in the United States, was eager to return to her St Philip home.

“We just come from cleaning her house because she couldn’t come back home to that. In there was a mess, every last thing was scattered. Every drawer overturned and there was blood all on the bed, on the floors, on the walls. I still can’t believe it,” he said, shaking his head to emphasize his disbelief, adding that the incident had left the neighbourhood fearful.

“Everybody had their lights on last night, whole night. Everybody is more cautious now. Place lock up tight, tight. They are scared, and it is sad,” he said.

17 Responses to Living in fear

  1. Milli Watt November 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    sign of the times and what is to come…….

  2. luther thorne November 7, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Employ private Security Guards in the Community.
    In other parts of the Caribbean , in some areas each house has a private security guard on duty. Persons in Communities need to band together and employ security. That time has arrived in Barbados because the authorities are lazy and indolent and are not dispensing justice . They are not bringing criminals to court soon enough and they are not punishing enough. Public floggings should return. Barbados is a small place. You only have to get serious with a few and the rest will fall in line and if they dont, deal with them too.

    • John Everatt November 8, 2017 at 1:08 am

      Get real. you think that these people can afford to hire private security? They depend on the RBPF to help them be safe. They pay taxes just like everyone to support this system. But maybe they just are not getting the service they pay for.

  3. Lee November 8, 2017 at 7:42 am

    The situation will get worse as we slide unless we find a way to reintroduce Quick and Sharp justice of course . . . but mental health treatment is needed as well. Does a sane perpetrator really think he will go far on the prizes of burglary in rural Barbados?

  4. luther thorne November 8, 2017 at 8:25 am

    You need to get real. Joh E. You are wishing and hoping and dreaming. I am actually proposing a solution
    This is what you call creative imagination. The Police cannot get the job done. Private Security must be employed. Let me explain my proposal. If there are 100 households in an area, each household can contribute money per week, you can decide the amount. Private security can be employed to patrol the area at the most vulnerable times. Two guards in a patrol vehicle patrolling an area , safeguarding an area at particular times. With the assistance of a CCTV network, its a slam dunk all the way from back court to low post. In any case get together and decide on the package you want. Stand there and wait pon de police
    I wish you luck with that one Stand there and say you paying taxes and the police this and that. Dont try to help yourself.. Wake up and smell the coffee. Barbados change. Imagine attacking an 83 year old WOMAN. Do you know what this signals ? John Everatt, you need to take note. I do hope you understand what I am proposing. It would be extension of the nieghbourhood watch with a professional twist when we employed Security. I was not talking about every single house having a security guatd but households getting together. If you take places like Kingsland and West Terrace as examples, my proposal deserves a try. Have a good day !!

    • Belfast November 8, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      You mean similar to how we had plantation watchmen in the community, and not a fellow dare breck a cane, steal a sweet potato or cut a piece of massa’s sour grass for his stock.
      51 Years of independence and we are still marking time down at the plantation yard gap.

  5. Helicopter(8P) November 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

    The perpetrators had enough information about this lady and her financial affairs. “Point blank”! People on Face Book need to keep their affairs on Private forgetting to do so, can be detrimental to your comfort zone! Infrared security cameras are not that expensive especially if you have friends and family living in the New York or Washington D.C. area who can actually bring or post the set home for you. Not much of a thing to have installed. Persons who are residents of the village should be aware of suspicious vehicles and persons at specified times of day especially during fore-day period. Yes! It has now come to that level of security;my friends of Barbados.

  6. JM November 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    @ Luther Thorne (11:08pm)….” Public floggings should return “…….What comic book did you jump out from? Maybe you need to replace this ’emotional approach’ with one that makes a lot more common sense…

  7. Thunder November 8, 2017 at 11:09 am

    This whole situation is an inside job, trust no one this lady was being monitored,why did they choose her house?don’t worry they will be caught, the problem is at 83,she should not he living alone,at this age she is vulnerable, also there needs to be stiffer penalties for robbery.
    I feel as though there was a conversation about her,these men didn’t just target her so, they are playing with their lives,because they will rob the wrong house,and they will be shot dead.
    However we need to get back to prayer, too much evil is taking over this island Barbados, we need the protection of God.

  8. luther thorne November 8, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Comic book ?
    That is the trouble with your type of view. Criticise but offer NOTHING whilst eshewing what works. Public flogging on the Garrison and see how all the foolisness stop one time. These are things that worked. What have you replaced them with other than cuddear he is a good boy. Steupse!!

  9. bajan at large November 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    One solution I will suggest is CCTV cameras, as well as an alarm system being monitored. These systems work for you ( 24/7/365), unless there is power outage.

  10. Colleen E Harvey November 8, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    She has a nice home and being a returned national they think she has a lot of money among other valuables so they decided to attacked while the community is sleeping to prey on that old lady. At that age she should not be alone but some people like the idea of living alone or they are far from family members. Whoever did this horrible act needs to have their foot broken or their hands and punished for their act. Hope she gets better soon and return to her home.

    • Breadfruit. November 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Dem time gine come!! De best place fuh dem now is prison or duh own home. Once IDed duh better check duh backs at all time. Duh want reap wha duh aint sow but duh gine also reap moh than what duh sow.

  11. Belfast November 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    St Philip, the home of the RH Prime Minister, the Minister of Water and Agriculture,(if he is still on the job). The Minister of Finance, The Minister of Transport and Works, and last and by all means the least, the ” we -gun -do- this- ” Attorney -General and Minister of Home Affairs.
    One would think that there would be more security in this parish than St John has weeds

  12. Jennifer November 8, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    gesus krist what ever happened to respect your elders. Boy, the destruction of a people.

  13. Bobotheclown November 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    These home owners are the onesthat should be carrying guns ,because these criminals don’t respect age or gender.I would like to see some of these low lives blown to bits.Allow the recipient of these attempted roberies the opportunity to own firearms for their protection.Barbados has become one lawless society ,and Criminals are springing up from any and every where,not out of necessity ,but our of greed and the benefit of having the authorities responding on a spine and gutless manner.

    • Jennifer November 8, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Oh yes. The wrong people got the guns, for sure. Mind you the ones with the guns is not being attacked – I wonder why. And we also need to be aware of whom we are allowing to know our info. In my area a man son friend broke into his home twice. Get 8 channel (and up) CCTV inside house and out as a possible deterrent. Our “own” continues to attack us, just goes to show how ingrunt they really are.


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