Two More Murders

Posted by at 15 February, at 12 : 15 PM Print

Moments after observing 34 years of political independence, Grenada was rocked by two murders which occurred within a 22-hour time span.
The first one happened at about 11:00 p.m. just as a village blocko in New Hampshire, St. George¹s was concluding on Independence night, February 7.
Twenty-two hours later the second murder took place at Black Bay, St. John¹s at about 9:00 p.m. on February 8.
Dead are Ian Whiteman of New Hampshire, and Anthony Audley Frederick of Black Bay.
Frederick, a 58-year old operator of a mini-mart in St. John¹s known as All Class Shopping Centre, died as a result of a single shot to the chest that he received when two bandits staged an armed robbery on his supermarket.
Police were able to apprehend the two bandits and another suspect within hours of the fatal shooting.
Acting on a tip-off from a neighbour who saw when the bandits sped away from the scene in a car parked a few yards away from the supermarket, the police moved into Beausejour and spotted the vehicle, a Nissan through its registered number, PV811.
The driver (Kenny Morain) who was known to law enforcement officers was apprehended a few yards away from the vehicle and taken to the Gouyave Police Station for questioning.
Based on further information obtained, the lawmen were able to pick up the two other persons (Albert Griffith and Che Phillip) to assist them in their investigations.
One of the suspected bandits (Phillip) has been identified as a young man who was born in the vicinity of the supermarket.
GRENADA TODAY was told that the gun allegedly used in the shooting was also recovered by the police. Griffith is suspected to be the triggerman in the shooting.
Frederick, the deceased businessman also operated a mini bus, ³People¹s Choice,² that ply the Gouyave to St. George¹s route.
There are reports that he attempted to intervene when the two bandits with masks over their heads attacked the mini mart and asked the cashier to hand over the money.
An eyewitness told this newspaper that a customer who was inside of the business place at the time tried to accost one of the bandits who was carrying the lone gun that was used in the onslaught.
Frederick who was in another room became aware of the robbery and came out only to be shot by the gun man who turned the gun on him instead.
The injured man was rushed to the hospital by a neighbour who turned out to be the brother of one of the suspected bandits (Che Phillip).
The three accused – Kenny Morain Braveboy, Albert Griffith and Che Phillip – made their first court appearance, unrepresented, at the Gouyave Magistrate¹s Court on Tuesday.
They were all remanded to custody at the Richmond Hill Prison, to return to court on March 3.
Phillip is a 26 years old man presently residing at Grand Anse Valley in St. George’s, while Braveboy is a 34 year old resident of Beausejour, St. George’s, and 26-year old Griffith hails from Grenville Vale, St. George’s.
Information obtained by GRENADA TODAY reveal that Phillip is a criminal deportee from the United States while Morain returned home after living for sometime in England.
Apart from the murder charge, the police have slapped the trio with an additional charge of robbery with violence.
Commissioner of Police, Winston James and the investigating officers have thanked the Black Bay community for their prompt assistance in providing reliable information that led to the apprehension of the key suspects within minutes of the incident.
James was quoted as saying in an official police bulletin that the positive role of the community cannot be down played or taken for granted in this matter.
³With such levels of cooperation with the Police and the Community, Grenada would be a very safe place, the Commissioner added.
In the New Hampshire incident, 30-year old Whiteman died as a result of stab wounds he received from an apparatus of an AK Rifle to the upper left side of his back by Eugene Bartholomew, alias Scabby.
A mason by profession, Whiteman left his house to obtain a movie in the village.
On his way to collect the movie he was informed about an altercation that was taking place between his younger brother, Nielon Whiteman and the murder accused inside of the shop which he operates.
An eyewitness to the incident told GRENADA TODAY that the murder victim pulled out his younger brother from inside of the shop and the younger Whiteman is alleged to have pelted an object inside of the shop which broke a bottle of drink on the shelf.
The altercation intensified between the two men during which time they both sustained stab wounds. Whiteman then fled the scene.
According to the eyewitness, while all this was taking place the older brother walked away and the other one directly involved in the conflict ran away from the scene.
Scabby then reportedly came after Whiteman and inflicted the fatal stab wounds to him.
An eyewitnesses told this newspaper that he heard Scabby  saying: ³You see what your brother do (did to) me…²
Whiteman allegedly told Scabby he did not want to have anything to do with him (Scabby) and his brother¹s business, and that he is not taking part because he has his three children to look after.
The father of thee (one six years old, another three and the other almost two-years) apparently decided against going for the movie and started to walk back to his home when he was then attacked by Scabby.
The murder accused was then quoted as saying: ³You (are) not taking part in me and your brother¹s business, a brother is a brother, the yam is the soup.²

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5 Comments

  1. shinnell nelson, 3 years ago

    it is so sad what happened in black bay with the robbery..i guess friends bring you go but they dont bring you back..i am the mother of albert griffith three children..and in the 8 years that i have known him…he never even been in a fight…untill he started beign around the wrong set of people…his kids they miss him so much..i miss him so much…but i know god will forgive him….cause god is good…so who is without sin cast the first stone,,,no mater how small the sin is

  2. anonymous, 6 years ago

    thats not all the murders yet.a man was murdered in calvigny by his employee and then a guy was murdered after that from coals gap in stdavids valentines day.march 1 has two murders,a lady killed a 69 year old man in paradise and later on the afternoon.a guy killed his brother in darbeau.so you see thats 6 murders for the year already.grenada getting worst.you cant even have a little agruement cause someone ready to chop you and straight for your heart or belly or neck like if they had planned it.to the people of grenada just pray for the country and remember its still beautiful and God will still bless us.cause hey they had to come a time when this things would have happened.nobody expected it so soon.i still love grenada.my land my home my love.and to leah am so sorry but you will never see the country being crime free.people are getting greedy and selfish so they think about themselves and not others.its just a matter of prophesy.last days.these things will happen.am not surprise but i didnt expect it so soon.

  3. Terry Whiteman, 6 years ago

    I am a cousin of Ian Whiteman and i am very hurt to
    learn that his life was innocently taken away by what i would call a mad man. It is just not rational to think that one can take the life of another who did absolutely nothing to you. Ian is a very quiet individual and he as always been that way.
    I have never known him to be the person to be involve in violence or even heard his raise his voice to another. I believe that justice must be serve and i do hope the law provide the avenue for this justice we seek. Ian is taken away from us but his memory remains in our hearts.

  4. Leah, 6 years ago

    I was born and grew up in Grenada, but I am very concern about the level of violence at home, It is time the goverments of the Carribean get together to discuss with the English and American Gov the level of the criminal returnees, why do we have to put up with their behaviour when they return home . These people have commited some serious crimes in these countries and have resided over a long period of time and unfortunately because they did not take up citizenship , they are being returned, that is grossly unfair as these hooligans have learnt their bad habits not in Grenada but where they resided. It is also important on their return they register with the local police station and are made to report at least once a week. The sad thing about it those returnees have been in prison and also have learnt their bad habits oversees for so long they return with nothing to give back to society, that they end up back commiting crimes and the locals are then getting involved,as they see them as PEERS.GO ON KEITH GET THEM TAGGED AND THEIR PICTURES IN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER AFTER ALL THEY NEED TO BE KNOWN TO THE LOCALS and also get the oversees governments who are returning these criminal to make a contribution to their wellbeing it is not up to Grenada government to put up with this rubbish.. I LOVE GRENADA WE WANT IT BACK UNSPOILT, PEACEFUL AND SAFE. MOST OF ALL WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION , INVESTMENT , OLDER AND YOUNGER GRENADIANS RETURNING TO SET UP HOMES..WE CANT AFFORD TO HAVE THE INVESTORS AND FAMILYS GOING ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THE ISLE OF SPICE
    WE WANT OUR ISLAND TO REMAIN CRIME FREE.
    LOVE YOU GRENADA

  5. MOSES (NY), 6 years ago

    I’M HAPPY TO HEAR THAT THE PEOPLE OF GRENADA STILL HAVE IN THEM THE MORALS AND RESPECT OF A COMMUNITY , TO WORK HAND IN HAND WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT IN BRINGING THOSE THUGS AND PREPS TO JUSTICE. THE ONLY WAY GRENADA CAN REMAIN THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF SPICE I KNOW GROWING UP IN ,IS EXACTLY THE INVOLVEMENT OF EACH AND EVERY GOOD CITIZEN OF EACH COMMUNITY. WE AS A PEOPLE MUST NEVER TURN OUR HEAD TO THE VIOLENCE ,BUT INSTEAD SHOW THOSE THUGS THAT WE WILL NOT ALLOWED THEM TO TAKE AWAY WHAT WE ALL HAVE A GIVEN RIGHT TO( PEACE OF MIND ,SAFETY, FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS IN OUR COMMUNITY)..


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