Murder count on the rise
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Apr 22, 2013
Five murders have been recorded in the country since Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade reported that crime in The Bahamas was down 13 percent for the year.
The most recent was the murder of a 27-year-old man who was shot dead outside a nightspot on Baillou Hill Road at about 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, police said.
The victim was identified as Ali Bain, a resident of Baillou Hill Road.
Bain had reportedly gotten into an argument with another man over a woman inside South River Restaurant and Bar, police said.
Superintendent Paul Rolle, officer in charge of the Central Detective Unit (CDU), said police were told the men went outside as the argument escalated.
The man shot Bain multiple times in front of onlookers, police reported.
The shooter reportedly fled the area in a gold Buick Century with two other men.
Police captured a suspect later on Saturday morning, but were still searching for the remaining suspects.
Rolle said that after the shooting, police chased the getaway vehicle, which eventually crashed.
He said officers were searching for “one or two other males” who escaped.
Rolle said they abandoned the vehicle off Carmichael Road.
Police yesterday asked anyone with information on the shooting or the suspects’ whereabouts to contact them.
Bain’s death pushed the murder count for 2013 to 33, six short of the 39 murders that were recorded up to this time last year, according to The Nassau Guardian’s records.
Bain’s killing followed several other murders recorded in the country in recent days.
On Thursday night, Cordero Ferguson, 21, was shot as he stood outside a home in Peardale, off Wulff Road.
Ferguson was taken to hospital by ambulance but died from his injuries, police said.
The night before, Julian Collie, 34, known as ‘Heads’, was chased, shot and killed by gunmen in front of a home in Millars Heights.
Police in Grand Bahama also reported that a man was stabbed to death shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The victim was in the Weddell Avenue area when he got into an argument with a man he knew and was stabbed in the neck, police said.
In another matter, a man who was shot on April 7 died in hospital on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old victim was at his home on Parkgate Road in New Providence when he was robbed and shot. He was taken to hospital via private vehicle.
The killings came days after Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade presented crime statistics indicating crime decreased by 13 percent between January 1 and April 14, 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.
Those numbers show that during the specified period all violent crimes were down except for attempted rapes, armed robberies and attempted robberies.
Crimes against the person decreased by one percent while crimes against property decreased by 16 percent.
Murders were down 26 percent; attempted murders decreased 60 percent and rapes decreased seven percent.
There were 28 murders recorded during the first three and a half months this year compared to 38 in 2012.
Greenslade attributed the overall decrease in crime to good police work, increased saturation patrols and the increased presence of Urban Renewal.