There has been a startling development in the case of the killing of the sister of one of the country’s most senior police officers.
Barbados TODAY understands that a probe has been started at District ‘B’ Police Station to ascertain the action taken by officers there before the discovery of the body of Melanese Eversley at Jordan, St George yesterday.
Indications are that an employee of the Barbados Transport Board reported to the District “B” Police Station while on duty yesterday, that he had seen a man beating a woman in the area where Eversley’s corpse was found.
It was not immediately clear what time the report was made, how many officers were present at the time, or if they considered it a matter that required an urgent response.
As a result officers on the morning shift have been asked to write statements as to what action was taken, inclusive of the time of response, if any, to the bus driver’s report, prior to the eventual discovery of Eversley’s body by the Barbados Fire Service.
The 60-year-old Eversley was found about 12.15 pm in a bushy area close to the road at Jordan. She was partially naked and an attempt had apparently been made to burn her body.
Eversley was the sister of acting Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for crime, Livingstone Eversley.
Following the discovery, police detectives accompanied by search dogs, combed the fields for evidence, and as word spread, a large gathering of distraught family members and lawmen gathered at the scene .
Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith promised the Royal Barbados Police Force would do all it could to apprehend the killer.
“We are going to do everything in our power to try to find out who is the perpetrator of the crime and take action. Obviously, my colleague would be devastated and I want to give him my full condolences on behalf of the force,” Griffith said.
Eversley was the latest person to die violently here as the country battles to curb rising crime, most of which are gun-related.
Yesterday’s killing took place on the fifth anniversary of the Campus Trendz fire which claimed the lives of six young women between the ages of 18 and 24, and which was set by two young men who firebombed the clothing store during a robbery attempt.
In a statement to observe the anniversary, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart appealed to Barbadians to support efforts by the authorities to fight “this burgeoning problem” of violent crime, and described as cowards those who exhibit “blatant disregard” for people’s lives.
He observed that in the year since the last commemoration, “an alarming number of citizens” had either died or had become disabled as a result of increasing acts of violence, the level to which Barbadians were not accustomed.
“In view of this, it is vital that all Barbadians lend support to the efforts of the authorities as they seek to tackle this burgeoning problem and to bring to justice those who, through their cowardly actions, have exhibited a blatant disregard for human life. In addition, we must also be resolute in our efforts to convince this small group of individuals in the society that violence does not solve problems,” Stuart said.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has denied that crime is on the rise in the country, less than two weeks after announcing a 13 per cent increase for the first seven months of the year when compared to the same period last year.
A few days earlier, on the final day of his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) 60th annual conference, Stuart also touch on the subject of crime, saying Government would not stand by as Barbadians lived in fear of a reckless small band of gun-toting youngsters.
“The government cannot afford to be, and does not intend to be, a helpless spectator, bound hand and foot while the wanton use of firearms, by a still mercifully small segment of our young men, tears our homes and communities apart,” he said then.
It was at that same conference that Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite denied that crime in Barbados was on the increase, arguing that the statistics showed crime was on the decline, but that Barbadians had a different impression because of an upsurge in violent criminal acts usually involving guns, and misleading information in the media.
The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has appealed to anyone with information on the latest killing to contact the police hotline at 211, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS or the nearest police station.