By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN on bail being electronically monitored became the country’s latest murder victim after he was shot in the head, execution style, on Wednesday night in Saxon’s Way, Mason’s Addition.
According to reports, the deceased, who The Tribune understands is 20-year-old Clarence Coakley, aka “Drops”, was sitting at the back of a home around 9:30pm when a man, armed with a handgun, approached and shot him in the back of the head before fleeing the area on foot. Coakley was pronounced dead at the scene.
In response to the number of murders in New Providence over the past few weeks, the Royal Bahamas Police Force conducted several walkabouts in inner city communities with the latest yesterday afternoon in Mason’s Addition.
Superintendent Stephen Dean, director of the Crime Prevention Office, said the walkabout was intended to reassure residents in the area of the police’s commitment to reduce crime.
“The walkabout was conducted by the Central Division, led by Superintendent Deleveaux. The officers went door-to-door as a follow up to the homicide last night and to let the residents know that the police will do everything they can to ensure their safety,” Supt Dean said.
“The Central Division was supplemented by several Urban Renewal officers who also went door-to-door to offer counselling to anyone. Officers also increased security in the area. In addition we also decided to highlight the government’s approach on crime. We sent over 100 police officers in high crime areas with over 70 patrol cars specifically in areas where there were a high number of shootings and murders.
“So the officers went to Englerston, Bain Town, Kemp Road, Pinewood and Nassau Village. We are flooding those areas with patrol cars. We gave our officers specific instructions to identify prolific offenders, those who are on bail for murder and other serious crimes. They will check and see what they are doing, paying them a visit to ensure they are on the straight and narrow.
“They will also look out for those persons who they suspect are mixed up in crime. We believe that increased police presence in these different communities can assist in reducing the fear of crime.”
This latest incident comes a day after National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage said crime figures, including murder, are down. He said men between the ages of 15 to 25 are responsible for the majority of the violent crimes in the country, including murder.