1st Grand Bahama murder of 2019

GUNNED DOWN — Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officials updated the media on January 13 following the islands first homicide for 2019. Pictured from left to right are: Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Terecita Pinder, Superintendent Brian Rolle, Superintendent Kenwood Taylor and Constable Cherubin. PHOTO: VANDYKE HEPBURN

Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officials on the island of Grand Bahama are actively investigating the island’s first homicide for the year.

Portions of East Sunrise Highway, East Atlantic Drive and Tamarind Street were cordoned off by police tape in order to prevent curious bystanders from approaching the crime scene, early Sunday morning.

The scene of the incident, on East Atlantic Drive where the murder occurred, commonly referred to as ‘Gwen’s Plaza’ was inundated with RBPF officials, both plain clothed and uniformed, gathering evidence and seeking information on what transpired.

Patrons of neighbouring establishments, as well as residents living in the vicinity, stated that multiple gunshots where heard prior to the discovery of the male’s lifeless body slumped outside one of the shops located within the plaza.

This daily was represented upon at the crime scene shortly after 1:00 a.m.. Police officials were observed conducting their initial investigations into the island’s latest homicide. While they have not confirmed the identity of the male victim a yet, he is said to be local businessman Lester Adderley Sr.

News of the island’s first murder for the year quickly circulated via various social media outlets, many of which included photographs of a male in a prone position.

Superintendent Brian Livingston Rolle, Officer in Charge, Central Detective Unit (CDU), Northern District, Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), was on hand and provided details.

“Sometime after half past twelve this morning (Sunday January 13), police received information of multiple gunshots in the East Atlantic (Drive) area. As a result, officers arrived on the scene, where they found the body of a male … who appeared to be lifeless.

“A check of the body was done by personnel of the hospital and they pronounced the male dead, at the scene.

“We are in the preliminary stages of our investigation, we would just like to say to the general public that if there is any information that they may know, concerning this matter, to please contact police control room or, contact the Central Detective Unit here in Grand Bahama,” said Rolle.

Following the briefing, Rolle returned to the active crime scene where he and his team continued their investigations surrounding the death of the male, as his lifeless body remained on the ground of the complex. Police were seen taking photographs of the area, and as well, appeared to be searching for evidence in the parking lot and a nearby vehicle where the deceased was found.

Onlookers continued to move about the streets and neighbouring business establishments well into the early morning hours seeking to gain clarity on what had taken place.

The victim, if confirmed to be that of Adderley, was a well-known businessman within the community, and was a close relative of another murder victim who also lost his life to gun violence in 2015.

The country’s latest homicide is the first for the year on the island of Grand Bahama and the third for the country.

The first and second homicides for the year, took place in New Providence on January 1 and January 10 respectively. The victims, both male, were both shot to death. The country’s first murder victim was identified as 19-year-old Terrance Rolle Jr. The identity of the country’s second murder victim has yet to be released by RBPF officials.

In other news from the RBPF Northern Division, officers of the Bimini Division made a significant drug seizure on Saturday January 12.

“Reports are that on Saturday 12th January 2019, shortly before 10:00 a.m., officers of the Bimini Division while patrolling in a police boat, and acting on information, went to an area at the eastern end of South Bimini, and discovered, in mangroves, 58 packages of suspected marijuana.

The area was searched and there were no arrests made in this matter. The estimated weight of the suspected marijuana is 334 pounds, with a street value of $334,000.00.

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