British man shot dead after armed robbers board his sailboat

A BRITISH man has been shot dead after two armed men boarded his sailboat near Stuart Cove's diving centre in western New Providence on Friday night and demanded cash.

Police report that the man, believed to be an employee at the diving centre, has been resident in the Bahamas for a number of years and lived aboard his boat. Around 10pm two men armed with handguns accosted him and demanded cash. The men fired two shots at the victim before fleeing on foot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have launched an island-wide manhunt for four men in connection with the incident.

The murder - the third in 33 hours since Thursday night - takes the total of homicides for 2015 to 48 according to The Tribune's records.

• Police are already investigating a fatal shooting of a man around 9.30pm on Thursday off Kemp Road when, according to reports, a man was standing outside his vehicle when he was approached by a man known to him and shot multiple times. The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance but died a short time later.

And shortly before 10pm on Thursday, police say a man had just closed his barbershop on Baillou Hill Road South when he was approached by three males. A struggle ensued, which resulted in the man being shot in the head and face. The suspects fled in a waiting vehicle. The victim died on the scene.

More details to follow and full story in The Tribune on Monday.


watcher 9 years, 2 months ago

So sad. And things will only get worse when the criminals finally cause all tourists to stop visiting our islands. Then it's every thug for himself as we cower behind our security bars.

Tommy77 9 years, 2 months ago

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newcitizen 9 years, 2 months ago

This is what happens when succesive corrupt governments spend all the their effort and time trying to rape and steal from the Bahamian people instead of working to improve the education system and social services. And it's also what happens when the vast majority of Bahamian citizen, sit around and do and say nothing about it.

The failure of school system has left most of this country illiterate and uneducated. Citizens lack the basic skills required to do the simplest jobs. Unemployment is at it's current level because the unemployed are not trained to work. This leaves them with little to no options. As crime rises, tourists stop coming and 70% of the economy of the Bahamas will begin to grind to a halt. The longer this is left to fester, as the leaders flip flop back and forth between excuses while the Bahamian people sit around and suck their teeth while doing absolutely nothing, the worse it's going to get.

It is a past time of the Bahamian people to blame others for everything that does not go their way in life, and in this case it is true. The governments of this country have done nothing to help it, but that is the fault of every Bahamian. It is the people who put these corrupt leaders into power and it is the people who refuse to stand up and demand something better for the country. For once we could actually do something, actually demand something of our governments and our leaders.

Honestman 9 years, 2 months ago

Well said newcitizen. You are right on the mark. It's time for politicians to accept that fighting crime has to be a non-partisan issue. That means the AG's office not covering up for the PLP's failings. Crime affects all of us, red shirts, yellow shirts, black or white. We need a concerted and unified campaign to fight these thugs and educate them before they become thugs!

ObserverOfChaos 9 years, 2 months ago

Ya got that right for sure!!!

duppyVAT 9 years, 2 months ago

Soooooooo you are not safe in the ghetto ........... the suburbs ............ and now on your houseboat?????????????? ............... SOLUTION ............ turn every Nassau block into a gated community ..................... like where most of the MPs live today

TruthHurts 9 years, 2 months ago

Boy Duppy.. you see that ey?! I think it's safe to say no where is out of reach for these thugs. Absolutely no boundaries!

Clamshell 9 years, 2 months ago

If the victim was found dead at the scene, how do the police know there were four men and two of them were armed? Was there a witness? So many stories in this newspaper are so poorly written.

EnoughIsEnough 9 years, 2 months ago

He was killed in front of his wife.

Clamshell 9 years, 2 months ago

If so, the story should have said that. Thank you.

TalRussell 9 years, 2 months ago

More crime news that will make i's way around the globe. It is terrible news days like this when we could at least have taken solace that today is the Annual World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD), where our fellow Comrades across the globe are encouraged each year on the first Saturday of May, to tend to our gardens unclothed as mother nature so intended. Did any of you see any naked neighbors this Saturday day doing they gardening?

TruthHurts 9 years, 2 months ago

If I did, I would've called the proper authorities (Sandilands)!! lol

TalRussell 9 years, 2 months ago

Comrade TruthHurts, if your neighbour be peeping over your fence is you a eye catching Adam or Eve Gardner? Finally a group with no political agenda; just for the freedom of they neigbours to do they gardening in da natural nudes, Amen more people's shedding they clothing's - just likes Comrades Adam and Eve!

duppyVAT 9 years, 2 months ago

While yall down there jumping in the stadium and wining on carnival ............ the criminals are having a field day and this is being helped by BEC blackouts.

FNM_Retards 9 years, 2 months ago

So what you are saying is there should be no Carnival, no Junkanoo, Close down Arawak Cay and every night club and bar on this island. YES that actually will reduce the murder rate. In fact the FNM themselves banned GANSTER RAP AND REGGAE in the 90s from being played in public - night clubs and bars could not play it for example - and crime went down. That was only a temporary ban, they should revisit that, and start with the radio stations. Bottom line is don't just get all vexed with the Carnival, there are MANY violence enabling places and events out there to deal with.

TruthHurts 9 years, 2 months ago

I don't think its a matter of being 'vexed' with Carnival as you say. It's the fact that after attending this major event, and bearing in mind the complex issues plaguing BEC right now.. one can only hope that the home front will be in the same condition to which it was left in. This is the real concern of the matter. The disadvantage of forgoing another expense due to petty thieves in these bad economic times, many can't afford. I sure as hell can't! That's why my butt has to opt out, and stay home to protect the little assets I have left and worked hard for. : (

TruthHurts 9 years, 2 months ago

Listen.. I just had this very same discussion couple days ago. After coming to the very same conclusion, I was told that the government plans to bring policemen from other islands to assist at the event as well as other areas of Nassau where ever possible. I don't know how true this is, but it still doesn't make much sense to me no matter where you pull the man power from. I suspect there will still gonna be a whole lot of potential break-ins going on.

FNM_Retards 9 years, 2 months ago

Murders doubled under the FNM - what went wrong in 2011, and why did it continue? BTW this murder sounds like a hit.

linnassau 9 years, 2 months ago

Clamshell my sentiments were indeed the very same.

TalRussell 9 years, 2 months ago

Comrades we didn't have to wait for yet another cold-blooded murder for it to sink-in that crime is the defining issue of our time. When crime only affected the poor, few in better neighborhoods were ready to see curtailing of murders the make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who see the middle class becoming beyond their reach. The stake is no longer about which colour, economic group or class you belong to - but whether this will be a country where the people who can leave will not be prepared to risk their lives to stay? I think we all know people who are thinking seriously of making or exploring exit opportunities.

B_I_D___ 9 years, 2 months ago

Was the boat actually at the dock's at Stuart's Cove? Hearing they had a security guard bound or held while another set went to work on the boat...I also heard the man was killed in front of his wife...so was it 2 guys to secure the security guard and another 2 to kill this guy? I'm thinking that's way more than a robbery plan...that was a hit for one reason or another.

duppyVAT 9 years, 2 months ago

No one really cares when the young black bahamian is gunned down ............ but it becomes a major story when a white foreigner is gunned down............ that is the way its is..

cst 9 years, 2 months ago

What the Bahamians do not realise is that it is a third world country aspiring to have the advantages of a civilised society. Better education is the key. Widespread corruption in the Police service and in politics will never make the country improve. An avuncular dictator is needed to put the country on the right course. Alternatively a return to British Governance or consultancy would do the trick.

jus2cents 9 years, 2 months ago

@duppyVAT - yes that is the way it is.... Even though it is very wrong and stupid to stereotype, it's still a fact of life that Most people (Black & White) presume that a young black person getting murdered is gang or drug related, but not for a young white persons murder. The media and public are both guilty of this prejudice even though we don't like to admit it. Then again, is it statistically/factually the case that most young black men are murdered because of crime related reasons, and are most young white men murdered because they are victims of crime? And who's fault is it that young black men are being killed? Dysfunctional and absent Fathers would be my guess, and the place to start looking for answers on how to stop this bloodshed.

ObserverOfChaos 9 years, 2 months ago

It's come to the fact that "crime" does define this "Bahamian' culture....one in the same....unfortunately.

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