Police dismiss fire victim’s link to accused
That was what police said yesterday in response to reports on some Barbadian blogs suggesting one of the six victims in the Campus Trendz tragedy at Tudor Street, The City, might have been intimately associated with the alleged killers.
“There is no evidence of that,” head of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Senior Superintendent Haskell Bynoe told the DAILY NATION.
“We have been hearing about the rumour but our investigations have ruled out any such possibility. It’s just one of those rumours making the rounds.”
One of the blogs indicated that one victim might have been in on the planning of the September 3 tragedy.
Another site also suggested that one of the two accused had an intimate relationship with one of the deceased, and further insinuated that that person’s name might have been tattooed on the said accused person.
Police also dismissed blog reports that suicide victim, Red Cross volunteer Aldo Babb, was connected to one of the Campus Trendz victims.
Babb, who assisted with the removal of the body of 18-year-old Shanna Griffith from the crime scene at Tudor Street, was found hanging at his Chalky Mount, St Andrew home two days after the incident.
The development followed Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin’s charge at a nationally televised Press conference over a week ago that people were using the websites to hurt and damage people.
Jamar Orlando Bynoe, 19, of Headley’s Land, Bank Hall, St Michael, and Renaldo Anderson Prescod, 21, of Prescod Bottom, Hindsbury Road, St Michael, have been arrested and charged with the murder of the six young women who died following a robbery and fire at the popular store.
The two are also accused of the aggravated burglary and arson of the Chicken Galore outlet at Bank Hall, St Michael, on August 13.
Barbadians have been paying respects to those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
The victims are Kellishaw Olliviere, 24, of Wellington Street, The City; Shanna Griffith, 18, of Pile Bay, Spring Garden, St Michael; Pearl Amanda Cornelius, 18, of London Bourne Towers, The City; Kelly-Ann Welch, 24, of Montrose, Christ Church; Tiffany Harding, 23, of Upper Collymore Rock, St Michael; and Nikkita Belgrave, 23, of Shop Hill, St Thomas.