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SVG records bloody month of September


September 2017 has gone down in Vincentian history as one of the bloodiest months ever.

This month’s bloodletting began on Friday, September 1, when South Rivers resident Conliffe Williams’s body was discovered at Upper Richmond Hill around 10:10 p.m. in a car with gunshot and other wounds.

Then, on Sunday, September 3, at Fair Hall, Simonia DaSilva was stabbed to death; on Friday, September 15, Kesroy King of Sion Hill was attacked on Higginson Street in Kingstown and hacked to death at around 8:30 a.m.

Then, beginning Thursday, September 21, the country recorded eight killings in six days, starting with the shooting of 78-year-old Lionel Ashes of Edinboro, who died four days after he was shot.

On Friday night, September 22, Raphael “Snaky” O’Neil was shot and killed in Vermont. On that same night, Andrew “Shooter” Roberts of Ottley Hall was killed during a botched kidnapping.

Keisha Melville was also killed last Saturday. She was shot in the head at Murray’s Village. Ezekiel Robin was wounded by gunshots while driving his car in Fairhall, but survived.

Then, at around 9 p.m. last Monday, in an area of Vermont known as Francois, police responded to a call and on arrival found 35-year-old labourer Irone “G Dog” Bascombe dead in the street and Jason Stephens, alias Godfred Straker, seriously wounded by a gunshot to the chest.  

Also on Monday, Roland Cunningham, a 56-year-old security guard, was killed at his home in Fairbaine Pasture.

The killing spree wasn’t done yet.

On Tuesday, Wendel “Grindy” O’Neil was gunned down in a brazen daylight shooting, in which his girlfriend, Jihan Browne, was wounded. Kelvin Isaac was also wounded in that incident.

Police are also investigating the death of 50-year-old Michael “Bully” Edwards, who was found on Wednesday, lying in the road in an area of Lowmans Leeward known as Spring.

SEARCHLIGHT spoke to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of crime Frankie Joseph, who sent a stern warning to criminals.

“We are relentless in this fight and we want to tell the criminals that we are not going to stop, we are not going to ease up, we are coming full blast,” stated ACP Joseph on Thursday from his office at the Central Police Station.

He is urging persons with information on any of these homicides to call any police station. ACP Joseph said that the information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

He noted also that persons may call him personally at 456-1339 or 496-5233 anytime of the day or night.

“Wake me up at 2 in the morning; I am a public officer,” stressed ACP Joseph.(LC)