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Saturday, November 26, 2022

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The Latest Development in the Killing of German Man in South Andros

Two men were arrested in South Andros for the murder of the German man killed on Wednesday night.

The men were bought to Nassau on Friday morning after police arrived in the quiet settlement of Kemp’s Bay to investigate the case.

The men, seemingly in their 20’s, were shackled at the wrist and dressed casually, appearing oblivious as they walked the tarmac. One stared into the camera lens as he made his way to CDU for further questioning.

The man, 57-year-old Torsten Wilhelm Hendrick of Geretsried Amselweg, Germany was with two other German nationals when the masked gunmen approached them while they were outside of their summer residence in Kemp’s Bay.

The gunmen flaunted a gun, startling the men. The man ran inside the house when the gunmen fired shots, striking two of the men.

For one day, police canvassed the island and spoke to residents of the area who promised to turn over anyone connected to the case since Hendrick and his family were frequent visitors to the island for more than 30 years.

Residents said they were fond of Hendrick and grieved the loss.

What We Know and Still Don’t Know About the Killing of the German Man in South Andros

Though the murder rate is seemingly rising in the Bahamas, rarely are crimes directed toward foreigners.

On Wednesday around 8 pm, a German man was shot and killed in Kemp’s Bay, South Andros, while another German national was wounded during the attack.

Here’s a look at what we know, and still don’t know about the attack:

How it unfolded

The masked gunman approached three German men who were outside of their residence in Kemp’s Bay. He flaunted a gun, startling the men. They then ran inside the house but the gunman shot in the direction of the men, striking two of them.

The gunman ran away.

The wounded men were transported to the local clinic in the area but one man died. The other victim, shot in the shoulder, was airlifted to Nassau for medical help. His condition is serious.

Motive remains unknown

The suspect is on the loose. It is not known if he is a resident of the Kemp’s Bay settlement, if he is a resident of another settlement and traveled to Kemp’s Bay or if he traveled from Nassau to the island to commit the crime.

Authorities have not provided a motive for the shooting, or whether the attack was a random act. But detectives from Nassau will travel to the island on Thursday to investigate what happened.

Authorities did not reveal the name of the victims and whether or not the men were engaged in a project on the island, only that they lived at a “summer residence.”

Fears of safety growing

Andros is typically a serene island and free of crime, unlike Nassau.

The killing sent shock waves through the community and condemnation from its member of parliament. It underscores fears that violence is directed at family islands and foreign nationals, as Nassau grapples with the increase of guns and murders.

MP Leon Lundy said he is “shocked,” “angered” and “grieved.”

One Wanted Man is Linked to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

The police force in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos are looking for one man who is wanted in each country for murder, drugs and firearm offences.

Brandon Rahming, a 33-year old is wanted by the Royal Bahamas Police Force for drugs and firearms and his last known address is listed as Turks and Caicos.

But he is also wanted in the British Territory of Turks and Caicos for murder, drugs and firearm. The RTCIPF believes that his last known address is a local area, The Bight Providenciales and Freeport, Grand Bahama in the Bahamas.

Rahming is known to frequent the Dock Yard and Kew Town in Turks and Caicos, which have become synonymous with crime.

As the crime wave heightens there, on Tuesday morning, a family was the latest victim of murder in the Dock Yard. A man and woman were found in a car, shot to death. The youngest victim, a 3-year-old boy later died from the gunshots and a 7-year-old girl was wounded during the attack.

Last week Saturday, another man was shot in the crime hotspot area.

Why it matters

Officers from the Bahamas went to Turks and Caicos to help fight crime in the British territory. It was speculated that criminals may be traversing between the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, though authorities have not presented that information to the public.

But on Saturday, Turks and Caicos Commissioner Trevor Botting met with Bahamas Commissioner Clayton Fernander to discuss deepening the relationship between the two countries.

 

Rahming is described as 5 feet, 7 inches of slim build. If you see him, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 242-328-8477.

Turks and Caicos Hit With More Murders Despite the Help of Bahamas Police

Despite a force bolstered with officers from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Turks and Caicos continue to grapple with crime, including a triple murder in which a 3-year-old boy was killed.

The British territory reached out to the Bahamas for assistance when 15 killings in five weeks rocked the British Territory. But has much improved since the arrival of 24 Bahamian police officers?

The latest murders occurred early Tuesday morning when a man, woman and child were discovered in a car in the Dock Yard area. The fourth victim, a 7-year-old girl who survived the attack, was found bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. She is receiving medical care for her injuries.

The 7-year-old girl was injured from gunshots after her family was killed on Tuesday. Photo credit: Magnetic Media

Turks and Caicos Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said his team and officers from the Bahamas and UK are investigating the “vicious, barbaric act” committed by the “heartless” criminals.

“They do not care about life,” he said.

On Monday, a man was found dead in the area of Parker’s Yard, Blue Hills, killed by gunfire.

And Sunday, a woman was shot while driving her vehicle in Millenium Heights, Blue Hills. Another vehicle stopped her and shot into her car. She was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Last week Saturday, another man was shot in the Dock Yard area. He survived the gun attack and was treated for the injuries.

And last Wednesday, one man died on the scene where he and another man were found bleeding profusely suffering from gunshot wounds in the vicinity of James Stubbs, Leeward Highway. The surviving victim sustained injuries to the left side of his body.

Turks and Caicos Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting met with Bahamas Commissioner Clayton Fernander

In October when a US tourist was killed while in a vehicle returning from an excursion, Botting summed it up that the killings were connected to an ongoing gang feud.

As the British territory’s murder rate spirals out of control, Botting met with Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander on Saturday in the Bahamas, to further deepen relations with the RBPF, he said.

Turks and Caicos’ murder count now stands at 32 for the year.

Photo credit: TCIPF

Everything You Need to Know About the 42-Year-Old Woman Killed Before Dawn

The death of a second woman killed by gun violence in the early morning hours on Monday just before dawn, was shocking. Authorities later revealed that the 42-year-old woman was a banker who was shot in the head and back after she was beckoned outside of her house on Johnson Road by a phone call from her cell phone.

Patrice Sawyer was the only daughter of her parents and suffered the loss of her only brother 6 years ago in the area where they lived.

Who was Patrice Sawyer?

Sawyer was an employee of Commonwealth Bank and was a Certified Fraud Examiner, receiving her certificate in June. In 2020, she joined the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) which is considered the world’s largest anti-fraud organization, seeking fraud-fighting skills.

“I remember joining ACFE in September 2020 with intentions of sitting and passing my exams in three months. It seemed like every time I started, I lost focus. Life happens. We lose momentum but never give up. Proud of me. Another one under my belt and one more to go,” she posted to social media earlier in the year.”

The member of Bahamas Harvest Church was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in 2009, which is known to cause infertility, ovarian cyst, irregular periods and weight gain.

Sawyer said her condition improved with the help of a good doctor, supplements and support from her spouse.

“It’s not a death sentence and everything they said I couldn’t do…I did…Every time I’m in my mood my husband asks ‘Think your PCOS acting up?’” she joked.

 

Sawyer also started a business called Body Blush where she made soaps, hair products and oils from natural ingredients.

In tribute to her brother 32-year-old Percy Sawyer was also killed by gun violence in 2016, she lamented, “They took you away but our bond and love they could never…Your love and fun times I will always cherish.”

She leaves behind her mother and father.

Sisters Are Devastated Over Killing of Rock Crusher Woman Hit in Hail of Bullets

Friends and family of the woman killed on Sunday night expressed shock after they learnt that she was one of four victims killed by gun violence in the Rock Crusher area.

The sister of Keithra Stubbs who is believed to be in her mid 20’s, said, “They killed my sister.

“Keithra baby, you cut your big sister deep. I will always love you,” Lashanda Collie said.

Stubbs and others were purportedly in the area, engaging in conversation when two gunmen exited a Japanese-style van and fired assault weapons at the group of people that gathered, hitting the four people.

Stubbs was shot and died on the scene, while another individual identified by social media as Andrew Burrows was also shot, and died while in transit to the hospital.

Keithra Stubbs
Andrew Burrows

People speculated that Stubbs was a partner of Burrows who was on bail for murder before his death, but Collie shot down the rumours.

“…my sister was an innocent bystander walking through her neighbourhood…”

Another sister, Kaylisa Stubbs screamed, “no” in disbelief when police reported Stubbs’ death. “Yall killed my sister. Yall killed me too.”

Cousin Ryesha Johnson said, “My heart is so heavy. Oh Lord,” while another cousin Debra Bain exclaimed, “My heart can’t take no more.”

A friend identified as Woods Neke said, “It doesn’t feel real. I have an empty feeling in my stomach.”

The violent death of Stubbs and Burrows brought the country’s murder count to 112 for the year.

Pastry Chef Accused of Hinsbey’s Death

A pastry chef appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Monday, accused of stabbing Cable Bahamas Manager Marcus Hinsbey to death in his apartment at the gated community Venito Condominium nearly three weeks ago.

31-year-old Felicia Bonimy, the owner of Sweet Indulgence 242, was supported by her mother and sister as she stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson Pratt to face the murder charge.

After the charge was read, Bonimy was hugged by relatives and was whisked away to the Bahamas Department of Corrections until her lawyer Ryszard Humes applies for bail in the Supreme Court.

She returns to court on December 13.

Bonimy has become popular for her sweet pastries and decorative cakes. 

The prosecutor has not revealed how Bonimy knew 60-year-old Hinsbey but investigators suggested that she took his keys and locked the door of his apartment after the crime.

The details revealed in Hinsbey’s death are graphic. He appeared to have been killed by a sharp object. He suffered a slit to the throat while his intestines hung out of his body in the bedroom of his Venito home. Defense wounds were also in his hands, which indicated Hinsbey may have fended off his attacker.

Police were alerted when Hinsbey did not show up for work. They then breached the condominium and found his body inside which may have been there for 24 hours.

Mother Makes It Clear 22-Year-Old Daughter Was Not a Gang Member

The mother of the 22-year-old Jamaican woman killed on Friday night said her daughter was not a part of a gang but was a casualty of a gang war in the neighbourhood.

Mother Natanya Greene told Jamaican media that Tadasha Sears was standing on her porch at an apartment complex in Red Land Acres when a gunman killed her.

“It’s a gang-related incident…she was just innocently sitting on her mother’s couch on her tablet, she wasn’t no part of no gang”.

Greene told the Tribune she was at home when the shooting occurred after 11 pm. She said Sears came to her and said, “Mommy I got shot.” Greene then called emergency services and reassured her that she would be okay to which Greene replied, “Okay mommy.”

But she later died.

Green said she discovered her daughter was shot in the leg and stomach.

“This avenue right here is a target against (the) avenue down there. There’s a set of boys who are down there based in Pinewood. They have rival with boys that be up here on this hill,” she said.

“This is an open yard. I can’t tell people don’t come in the yard. When I’m in my room, I don’t know who is be out here. I don’t know what people be in this yard from all over.”

“So they came and when they came they didn’t see no males. So, they just walk up and open fire on her.”

Greene said officers offered her support. “They’ve been here and they are aggressively honest to bring who’s responsible [to justice]”.

Greene leaves behind a four-year-old daughter.

Donna Vasyli: What You Need to Know About the Retrial in Murder of Australian Tycoon Husband

The trial of Donna Vasyli is back on as prosecutors believe she has a case to answer. They believe she is responsible for the death of her husband Dr Philip Vasyli, who was found dead on March 24, 2015 in the kitchen of their home in Old Fort Bay.

Though a date has not yet been set, nine jurors have been selected and she will stand before Justice Bernard Turner.

Who was Philip Vasyli?

Philip Vasyli, 59, was a well-known Australian podiatrist who was the founder of Vasyli International, later changed to Vionic Group. He invented a line of orthotics known as Orthaheel in 1991 and was from the city of Sydney. He owned two homes in Old Fort Bay, Nassau Bahamas and established a medical office in Old Fort Bay Towne Centre.

Philip established three sports podiatry clinics in Sydney and was known to friends as a ‘born healer’.

Friends said he had a passion for making orthotic treatment more affordable and accessible to people in need of pain relief.

The orthotic technology is used in shoes and inserts sold in 25 countries including the USA and the UK.

What happened in 2015

The doctor was found stabbed to death in his Old Fort Bay home. Philip was found lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the guesthouse kitchen. A single stab wound was found in the chest, estimated to be 14 centimeters deep.

The pathologist said the knife cut his sub-clavian artery. It was likely he was stabbed while sitting on the patio, and then he stumbled into the kitchen where he died. A worker found him seven hours later.

What happened at Donna Vasyli’s Defense Trial

Donna, married to Philip for 34 years, was charged with his murder but her defense team never admitted guilt only claiming that the marriage was in ruins caused by domestic abuse and Phil’s alcohol and cocaine abuse.

Donna was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

However, her sentence was squashed in 2017 by justices in the Appeals Court. She was released and ordered a new trial.

Vasyli then went to the highest court, the Privy Council to appeal the justices’ decision.  

Her first retrial order was squashed and was ordered a new appeal. She was eventually granted a new trial. The final decision was made and she was ordered to stand trial for her husband’s death.

 

Man Cuts Off Ankle Bracelet After Killing Mother and Son

Police are looking for a man who managed to cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet after killing a mother and son on Sutton St, Kemp Road on Friday morning.

Keiron Brown shot the mother and son in the vicinity of a residence as the two were engaged in a conversation. Police believed the mother and son had an argument with Brown earlier in the morning before he returned shortly after 10 am firing gunshots at the two relatives, police said.

The son in his 30s died on the scene and the mother in her 50s was carried by private vehicle to the hospital where she died.

Brown whose address is unknown, was on bail for a previous murder and was being monitored by the ankle bracelet. At last indication, he was in the area of Eastern New Providence before he removed the ankle bracelet.

Police are appealing to the public to help locate Brown.