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Dave Powers. (GP) charged! Murder and kidnapping accused Dave Powers (right) being escorted by police to face five indictable charges yesterday at the Holetown Magistrates’ Court. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

By Barry Alleyne | Wed, January 23, 2013 - 1:27 PM

 Security was tightened at the Holetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday when a 42-year-old painter appeared to face murder and kidnapping charges.

Dave Powers, of Block 1G, Division Drive, Eden Lodge, St Michael, was not required to plead to the indictable charges.

He is accused of killing 32-year-old chef Kari Nolan Cumberbatch last week in a daylight shooting at the car park of the upscale CinCin By the Sea Restaurant, Prospect, St James.

Cumberbatch was shot metres away from his workplace, and died slumped over the steering wheel of his car around 10:30 a.m. on January 16.

Along with murder, Powers was also read charges of removing his estranged spouse Alveina Powers from the restaurant without her consent on January 16, and attempting to unlawwfully kill her on the same date.

​Security was tightened at the Holetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday when a 42-year-old painter appeared to face murder and kidnapping charges.
Dave Powers, of Block 1G, Division Drive, Eden Lodge, St Michael, was not required to plead to the indictable charges.

He is accused of killing 32-year-old chef Kari Nolan Cumberbatch last week in a daylight shooting at the car park of the upscale CinCin By the Sea Restaurant, Prospect, St James.
Cumberbatch was shot metres away from his workplace, and died slumped over the steering wheel of his car around 10:30 a.m. on January 16.

Magistrate Barbara Cooke-Alleyne remanded Powers to Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds, St Philip, until Tuesday, February 19.

Along with murder, Powers was also read charges of removing his estranged spouse Alveina Powers from the restaurant without her consent on January 16, and attempting to unlawwfully kill her on the same date.

According to police reports, Cumberbatch, a line chef at CinCin, and Alveina, the restaurant’s lunch manager, were both sitting in the vehicle when he was shot from point blank range.
Alveina was treated for a head wound at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and discharged later that day.

An eyewitness, another employee of CinCin, told the MIDWEEK NATION Cumberbatch had dropped his girlfriend to work when they were approached by a man in the car park, and
the incident occurred.

Powers is also charged with possession of a firearm without a valid licence and possession of four rounds of ammunition without a valid licence.
He was represented by attorney at law Senator Verla Depeiza. During the brief appearance, Depeiza informed the court that paperwork served on her client remained unsigned, and would have to be signed to be considered an official document of the court.

The magistrate assured her the oversight would be rectified.
Police cleared the courtyard just after 9 a.m. when a large crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the accused. People who did not have cases to be heard were ushered outside the gates, and those within the confines of the court were asked to step inside by police.

In addition, members of the Barbados Defence Force arrived around 9.30 a.m. The soldiers, wearing camoflauge fatigues, bulletproof vests and carrying M-16 rifles, were stationed at the front
and rear of the small court.

barryalleyne@nationnews.com

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago


He set out to"Terminate With Extreme Prejudice" as is the CIA terminology.

Will he ever be executed? Not a chance!
The public remains frustrated re. this matter.

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Posted by L V 1 year, 9 months ago
I use to agree with capital punishment years ago, now i wonder if reform isn't a better choice, then giving the person a chance to make some contribution to society.

Even if the contribution is made from inside prison. I have a few ideas on prison reform, but this is not the forum.

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Posted by abotaahir taylor 1 year, 9 months ago
Bim Bum you right. not a chance. L V talks about reform but no one ever speaks about the victim and their families. what do the family or spouse of the victim wants.
if you want to reform people that just kill others for twenty-five cents, for protecting their property whether or not it is a gold chain or their home or for courting your spouse then thats fine. but i think you should talk to the families of the victims and find out what they want in the course of justice.
imagine in today's world a person is the bread winner for his or her home that includes 3 to 5 of their children. now his or her life was taken because some nut job took their life because he wanted to rob them out of their week salary of $150. for me i would not want him facing the death penalty, not just so he can relax in prison, but after he leaves prison "reformed" he will be paying funds through the court to the education and provision of those children.
look people, look at the case of the Arch Cot Terrace cave in. the Firm was held responsible for the desaster leaving that little child with its grannny to support. i am writing under correction but i think the firm had to make a settlement as far as provisions etc for that child. the same should apply with manslaughter or murder oncet he person is found guilty and if there is no death penalty.
from the time amnesty internal came into existence the world has gotten worst. all they care about is the rights of the criminals and negating the rights of the victims.
they say capital punishment dont change a society hinting at Trinidad but i beg to differ. have anyone did an unbias survey or study or have we tried it in the pass 30 years or do have to wait until some elitist of this society suffer the same fate as the rest to see the hangman employed again.

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Posted by Bajan Fishermen 1 year, 9 months ago
There is no room for capital punishment in any society. What right a society has taking a life in the name of the people?
It is barbaric, and never solved any problem. Did having capital punishment ever stop a person from committing Murder? The answer is NO. Do anyone feel that capital punishment would have prevented this crime? Again the answer is NO.
Most of these crimes are crime of passion, as the facts that have been place in the public domain, strictly suggest that this is a love tri-angle issue.
Clearly while we are sad to see such a crime taken place, we must never have knee jerk reactions, to call for barbaric treatment such as capital punishment.
I concur with LV, that it is better to have a person rehabilitated in a correctional facility. Some of us in Barbados, just seem to always want blood and gore by any means.
What really bothers me, is that before the body of the deceased man could be taken away, photos of the crime scene was posted all over the internet.
It is time that those in charge, act swiftly to cover up such scenes, and to secure the perimeters to prevent such distasteful act.
Imagine how the members of the deceased family, felt on seeing such violations on the internet?
Yet they are those of us who are clamoring for more of the same blood and guts details.
DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED, AND may a fair trial proceed.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 9 months ago
I agree with the death penalty for the many wanton killings we've been having in our country, but obviously this is some 'crime of passion.' Didn't anybody, any relative, friend, co-worker, neighbour recognise that this guy needed help? Didn't he confide in anybody, not even the provider of the firearm who now has to live with the guilt too?

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
I would very much would prefer to hear""I hereby sentence you to be HANGED by the NECK until DEAD,May God Have Mercy on you Soul

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Posted by Sam Pope 1 year, 9 months ago
How does being estranged from your wife and you purposefully waiting and fatally shot her partner be a 'crime of passion'. I feel some people just look for some justification for situations which are clear cut in the eyes of the law. There is no, no excuse/reasoning for his actions that could justify them. No matter how hurt you are it is never ok to MURDER someone.

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Posted by Melly Mapp 1 year, 9 months ago
Many on here are talking about "reform and giving the person another chance or talking to the person before they commit the crime." Many years ago as a young officer just out of the RPTC, I was the arresting officer after a murder was committed in my district.

When I arrested and "cautioned" the suspect, the individual addressed me with the utmost respect including the immediate dropping of the weapon but with no apology or regret for the crime he had committed.

Many years later, after receiving a designation as a Registered Practitioner in Dispute Resolution, I have often wondered if I could have prevented the crime had I been aware of the problem these individuals were confronted with given the skills I now have.

Most of us know that threats often times are made in anger but unintentionally, and I do believe if someone indeed has their mind on committing a crime there is nothing anyone can do to stop them. That in itself, makes for a sad commentary.

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Posted by Melly Mapp 1 year, 9 months ago
Many on here are talking about "reform and giving the person another chance or talking to the person before they commit the crime" Many years ago as a young officer just out of the RPTC, I was the arresting officer after a murder was committed in my district.

When I arrested and "cautioned" the suspect, the individual addressed me with the utmost respect including the immediate dropping of the weapon but with no apology or regret for the crime he had committed.

Many years later, after receiving a designation as a Registered Practitioner in Dispute Resolution, I have often wondered if I could have prevented the crime had I been aware of the problem these individuals were confronted with given the skills I now have.

Most of us know that threats often times are made in anger but unintentionally, and I do believe if someone indeed has their mind on committing a crime there is nothing anyone can do to stop them. That in itself, makes for a sad commentary.

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