Confessed killer gets life

Confessed killer Ryan Antonio Oneal Bullen has been sentenced to life in prison for the death in 2007 of 14-year-old Kalifa Downes.

Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius handed down the maximum sentence this afternoon in the No.5 Supreme Court saying there was a need to protect society for the convicted man.

Bullen pleaded guilty to manslaughter in February this year, ten years after the Lower Burney, St Michael teen had gone missing on April 18, 2007.

His plea came a little over three years after he was arrested and charged after admitting to police that he had raped the teen before fatally stabbing her.

Downes’ body was found in the Pine pasture near Pine Hill Dairy, two days after her father had reported her missing.

The case had gone cold and was unsolved for six years. However, police finally got a break when they tracked a SIM card that had been taken from the dead girl’s mobile phone, which Bullen, 35, at the time of the killing, was found to be using.   

The killer, who was diagnosed with “psychological and behavioural deficits,” has an extensive criminal record, including rape, theft, robbery, assault and criminal damage.

36 Responses to Confessed killer gets life

  1. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan December 12, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    This is one of the reasons why people are always concerned when we hear a young girl is missing…. Evil walks among us.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 13, 2017 at 12:32 am

    This man should be sentenced to hang. Life what. He killed an innocent girl and was walking around looking for some one else to kill. If she was my daughter I will commit a crime .just to go to prison to kill him.

    • O. Walrond December 13, 2017 at 8:19 am

      The maximum sentence for manslaughter is life.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Angus Benn they don’t hang in Barbados and it’s never going to ever happen again in fact it will be taken off the books.

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 13, 2017 at 12:33 am

    After 20 years he will be walking around looking for some one to kill again. This is the type of system we have to deal with.

    • hcalndre December 13, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Angus Benn; 20 years on death row would not be an excused not to put him to death in some States. Barbados always get it wrong when they follow other organizations.

    • Arlington Andrews Farley
      Arlington Andrews Farley December 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      one of these days people will hire an equalizer to take care of this type of thing,

  4. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull December 13, 2017 at 1:13 am

    He already spent 10 yrs so he would be able, appealed his sentence.

    • Krystal Maynard
      Krystal Maynard December 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      No he hasn’t. The article says the case was cold for 6 years

    • Taurus Bull
      Taurus Bull December 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Krystal Maynard ,you are absolutely correct.

    • Taurus Bull
      Taurus Bull December 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      I will withdraw my comment afterwards.

  5. BIGSKY December 13, 2017 at 1:56 am

    If this was my daughter his sentence card would be read at Westbury Road.

  6. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry December 13, 2017 at 2:01 am

    No worries…they will deal with him in Dodds. Daily. For life. And in Dodds the men have marbles.
    May the young lady Rest In Peace. Peace on her family and friends.

  7. archy perch December 13, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Remember which party got our hands tied when it comes to hanging, the cooked fork-tongued BLP. It was the fake lawyer who signed on to the international agreement. It was Tom Adams the BLP leader who last had someone hanged for murdering his – Tom’s- grandmother IN 1985 i believe.

    • O. Walrond December 13, 2017 at 8:21 am

      You are quite wrong. The BLP had nothing to do with our inability to hang. It is the British Privy Council that outlawed execution after a certain period has elapsed.

  8. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis December 13, 2017 at 5:13 am

    I hope this gives her father some relief.

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy December 13, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Would it if you were her father??? Chuppseeeee

  9. Sandra December 13, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Being incarcerated is not going to solve the problem this young man needs psychological HELP .

  10. Aquarius Caddle
    Aquarius Caddle December 13, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I don’t care what he was diagnose with give him a glass of regressing gramozone on ice add a little sugar to it

  11. Yvonne Sealy
    Yvonne Sealy December 13, 2017 at 5:55 am


  12. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 13, 2017 at 8:23 am

    My question is: how do you get to plead guilty to manslaughter after killing a child.

    • Shereace Webster
      Shereace Webster December 13, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Question of the year…cause I don’t understand how a man could rape and murder a 14 year old and then get CHARGED for manslaughter.

    • Arlington Andrews Farley
      Arlington Andrews Farley December 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      My question is, Why did it take 10 years to decide, lots of tax payers dollars down the drain,young life lost , victims family have to live with this and he up there eating 3 squares a day and skinning he mout wid the rest, i say swing all of them who think they can kill and get off

  13. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 13, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Her male family members should have taken care of his sorrow ya know what a long time ago.

  14. Kym Reigns
    Kym Reigns December 13, 2017 at 10:10 am


  15. gsmiley December 13, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Taurus Bull he did 10 yrs where??

  16. gsmiley December 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Olu one would have to prove that he planned to murder the victim.

    Malice aforethought.

  17. colleta December 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Here he (AP) goes again the smudge yard fowl.

  18. Donild Trimp December 13, 2017 at 11:36 am

    @ Olutoye Walrond –
    Manslaughter can be either voluntary or Involuntary. The main difference between the two is that voluntary manslaughter requires an intent to kill or cause serious bodily harm while involuntary manslaughter does not.

    The accused in this case was charged with Manslaughter because he carried out a deliberate killing without planning that does not fall under any of the categories of first degree murder.

    Don’t see anything to challenge with this particular case.

  19. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens December 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    hope the family feels some sort of relieve poor child this world full of crazy ppl

  20. gsmiley December 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Next is the grandfather who raped and killed his grand daughter.

  21. Helicopter (8P) December 13, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Just remember statutes that have been taken off the book can be reinstituted in this fair land if so be it the public citizens request their representatives to have them reinstated for the good of the country in this soverign state.

  22. Don Reuben
    Don Reuben December 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Men like this make all men look bad…cause people generalize!!!smfh.

  23. Tony Waterman December 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Let us all get this Straight and stop the Guessing.
    Hanging is still a Law ib Barbados, it has NOT been taken off the Books as of this time, what has happened is that we have been running aroung the World Trying to Look BIG and feel BIG by signing all types of Agreements willy Nilly, and we did Sign on to the IHRC (International Human Rights Court/Commission) Headquqrtered somewhere in South America, and when you sign on to their agreement, included is a clause that forbids HANGING anyone.
    if anyone remembers two guys who were on Death Row in Barbados and then their Death Sentence was commuted to Life in Prison ?? well!!! it was the IHRC who did that, Not the Supreme Court of Barbados or the CCJ.

    T&T had also signed that agreement, but when they found out that they could NOT hang their Worst Murderer in their History (Worse than Boysie Singh) they reneigned on the Agreement (Took their Signature off)


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