COP Responds to Report Posted on Sexual Assault Stats

A recent report shared on Facebook suggested that Bermuda sits 5th in the world in relation to offences of rape. The BPS and many other partner agencies in Bermuda are there to support victims of rape and any sexual offence against them. Rape is a horrific crime for anyone to suffer and causes long lasting and often irreparable damage to the victim, beyond the physical act itself.  Additionally, the number of rapes reported to police and other agencies are far fewer than the reality, not least as many victims are afraid to report or find themselves in situations, for example abusive relationships, where such disclosure would lead to further violent and coercive acts being done to them.    However, the article in question is misleading to some degree, as the data relied upon for Bermuda includes ALL sexual offences and not just the act of rape (attempted or otherwise).  Within this category is included acts such as ‘flashing’ (i.e. with no contact to a victim) or ‘groping’ as well as cyber grooming.  All very serious matters but very different in type and victimisation.    The actual numbers of reported sexual assaults in Bermuda, has ranged from approximately 26 to 58 over the past years, noting that one victim can be subject of a number of recorded offences against them. 

Suspicious Packages Wash Up on South Shore Beach

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that 7 packages containing suspected controlled drugs were seized by police after the items were discovered by a member of the public, floating in the surf just off Southlands Beach at Around 11:30 a.m. on Friday 16th October. Police along with their colleagues from the Coast Guard carried out an exhaustive search of the area, but no other packages were found. The packages are to be forensically examined and the content to be examined to determine whether they contain controlled drugs. Ten such packages have now so far been reported to the police by members of the public, leading to the recovery and seizure of these items. We wish to thank those individuals who have brought these finds to the attention of the police and urge anyone who encounters suspicious packages on beaches or in the nearby waters, to please call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

5th Road Traffic Fatality for 2020

At around 11:50 p.m. on Friday, 16th October, police received a report of a serious single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle, in the area of Windreach, on Spice Hill Road, Warwick. Upon arrival, officers found a 45-year-old man lying in an unresponsive state on the roadway. The officers immediately began performing CPR until the arrival of the EMTs, who transported the victim via ambulance to King Edward Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor at around 12:20 a.m today, Saturday 17th October. Anyone with information on this incident, is asked to call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011. This is the island’s fifth road fatality for the year. 

4th Road Traffic Fatality Recorded for 2020

Bermuda has recorded its fourth road fatality for this year. At around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, 15th October, police responded to a report of a serious two vehicle collision at the junction of Town Hill Road and Harrington Sound Road, Smiths. Information is, a 47-year-old man on a motorcycle collided with a car. The motorcycle rider was thrown from the bike and is reported to have sustained head and chest injuries. He was transported via ambulance to King Edward Hospital for treatment, but sadly, succumbed to his injuries. The 54-year-old female driver of the car, sustained minor injuries including bruising to her face. The area of the collision was cordoned off as Traffic Collision Investigators and the Forensic Support Unit processed the scene.   Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

19 Yr-Old Man Arrested in Connection With Murder of Garrina Cann

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of 31-year-old Garrina Cann. The suspect remains in custody at this time. Miss Cann was shot to death at her residence on Sunset Pass, Pembroke Parish, in the early hours of Tuesday, 9th September, Detective Sergeant Jason Smith the lead investigator in this matter said: “A lot of the credit for this arrest goes to those members of the public who answered our calls for assistance to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.” The Detective Sergeant added: “However, we firmly believe there were other individuals involved in the commission of this crime and the investigation remains open at this time. As such we wish to renew our calls for anyone with information on three motorcycles that were in the area of Sunset Pass, from about midnight to 12.20am, on Tuesday September 29th, to please get in contact with us, as we strongly suspect these individuals were directly involved in Garrina’s murder”. Mr. Smith and his team are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen a man, said to be about 5ft 7in tall, wearing dark clothes and riding a black and yellow motorcycle, in the Sunset Lane area between midnight and 12.30am on that day. Anyone with any information on this incident, no matter how insignificant you think it to be, is asked to call 211, the main police number, 295-0011 or, the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.

Renewed Appeal for Chavelle

Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley - "It's been just about six months since Chavelle was last seen. Six months since her son was held by his mother. Imagine how he must feel. Commissioner Stephen Corbishley commented: “Bermuda is an extremely close-knit community, where we usually would look out for each other. That's why it's so baffling that even with a reward of up to fifty thousand dollars for information leading to the location of Chavelle, still nothing. The BPS is thankful to those members of the public who've been providing lead Detective Sergeant Jason Smith and his team with assistance, it's been most helpful. But there’s someone out there who ultimately knows exactly where Chavelle is and we are once more appealing for you to come forward. Do not let her legacy to her son be that she one day simply vanished, never again to be seen.”  

Daily Report 6th October 2020

Stabbing. Shortly before 2:00 a.m. today, Tuesday, 6th October, police received reports of a stabbing incident inside the Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys. Upon arrival officers observed a male lying on his back at the entrance to Snorkel Park and bleeding from stab wound to his chest.  The victim, has was conscious and breathing.  He was conveyed via ambulance to King Edward VII for treatment to his injury, which was determined to be non-life-threatening.  

BB Gun Recovered

 At around 1:35 p.m. on Saturday, 3rd October, a member of the public contacted police to report the discovery of a firearm near a private dock in the area of Harbour Road in Warwick.  Officers attended the location and was shown the firearm, which was identified as a BB Gun with no ammunition. It was made inoperable, seized and transported to the police armoury.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels wishes to remind the community that BB guns, are unlawful to possess in Bermuda, as outlined in the Firearms Act 1973. He added: “The way that these BB guns are manufactured near-identical replicas of authentic firearms, which makes it difficult for police officers and civilians to recognize the difference, particularly when used during the commission of crime.

Arrests in Savvy Entertainment Probe

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can confirm two people have been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the eight hundred-thousand-dollar government loan to Savvy Entertainment. No further information will be provided on those arrests at this time. In light of recent comments regarding the second arrest yesterday, Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police Stated: “Any decision by the Bermuda Police Service to effect the arrest of an individual, is based on many different factors. However, such action is not an indication of guilt and does not always lead to charges being laid. The decision to do so rests with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.  There are some in the community who would have seen the headlines about the most recent arrest in connection with this investigation.  Whilst it is the media’s role to report and speculate against such matters, we ask the public not to jump to conclusions based on limited knowledge of fact.” Commissioner Corbishley made it clear: “The BPS will act without fear or favour and properly investigate any serious allegation of wrongdoing. To do otherwise, would undermine the principles of natural justice. 

Murder Victim Identified as 31 yr-old Garrina Cann

The Bermuda Police Service can identify the victim in that fatal shooting incident which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, 29th September, as 31-year-old Garrina Cann. Miss Cann succumbed to injuries sustained after being shot multiple times, at around 12:20 a.m. on Tuesday, following an event at her Sunset Lane, Pembroke, residence. Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call the main police number, 295-0011 or, the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477. Police are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen a male, approximately 5ft 7in tall, wearing dark clothes and riding a black and yellow motorcycle, in the Sunset Drive Pembroke area between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday.


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