A pool of blood!
This is the horrific picture that has been flashing before 66-year-old Mitchinson Young’s eyes, ever since he identified the body of his elder brother, 71-year-old Cardon Young, who was murdered outside his Sandford, St Philip home, in broad daylight, last Saturday.
Mitchinson, who is struggling to come to grips with the gruesome manner in which his brother was killed, said though he was now forced to assist in making burial arrangements, he was also feeling hopeful that the members of the Royal Barbados Force would work speedily to apprehend the perpetrator(s).
Around 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, when police entered the premises they came upon the unresponsive body of the elderly man lying in a pool of blood.
Police public relations officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss, told members of the media that the victim had stabbed wounds about the body.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY at his Fryer Hall, St Thomas home this morning, Mitchinson said he could not understand why someone would have wanted to take the life of his sibling, whom he described as a quiet, cool, jovial person who usually avoided confrontations.
“I was at home, and my niece called me and told me that someone said there was a noise by the shop. So I said okay, I would leave and go up there and see what was going on.
“Then after I hang up from her, a good friend of mine called me, and tell me that they killed my brother. So then I called my niece, picked her up, and we went up together. When I got there, he was there lying down in a pool of blood. Just lying down in a pool of blood,” a shattered Mitchinson recalled.
Mitchinson said from what he heard from an eyewitness, his brother, who suffered with health challenges, was attacked.
“He said that he was passing and he saw like a struggle, and somebody was trying to get into his (Young’s) pockets.
“And my brother was fighting back. Then he saw the guy took something out of his pocket, and he started jucking my brother. But the person had on a facemask.
“He said he was frightened because it was an old guy. He said he slowed down, and another car come and stop behind him and he asked the guy if he see what was going on.
“And then they drove down by the pasture to call the police and the ambulance. He was in a wrought iron chair, which he usually relaxed in and that is where he got the attack because a lot of blood was in that chair,” he said.
Young, a father of three, migrated to the United States, where he lived for 24 years before returning to Barbados.
Mitchinson said the deceased established the small bar, at the side of his house, to keep himself busy,
“He was just trying to keep himself busy. The shop doesn’t make much money. It was being patronised by his friends. He would buy two to three cases of beers, a couple bottles of rum, and they would sit down and play dominoes and cards. They would just turn over the money. He bought drinks that same Saturday morning.”
The last time Mitchinson saw Young, his only surviving sibling, was last Tuesday.
“I saw him every week. I would go and sit down and talk and my brother would call me and ask me to take him anywhere. But he would never really go into town. The furthest place he would usually go is Six Roads.
“. . . People were vex and were asking why they killed him. People know that he doesn’t interfere with anybody. He doesn’t have much money because the shop doesn’t turn over that much money,” he said.
Mitchenson said he was aware that his brother was not the first elderly person to be killed in Barbados so far for 2019.
While pointing out that the Police have been busy fighting crime, Mitchenson called on Barbadians to co-operate with the members of the force as they do their work.
“The police are trying their best to do their work, but then they get a lot of pressure. The police doing a good job. I always say that 98 per cent of the times the police hold someone, they are right. I looking forward to them holding who kill my brother. In fact, I would like to hold them myself,” Mitchenson said.
Young’s daughter Jody Nurse, who lives in the US, told Barbados TODAY she was saddened that her father, with whom she had a close relationship, would not receive the opportunity to meet her children for the first time in August, as was planned.
She said she had a video chat with him just Friday night.
“I feel as if I have more questions than answers. My father was in his 70’s. What pride can be taken from robbing and murdering a man of this age, who was in his twilight years?. . .I am still in shock,” Nurse said.
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