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Jahcari Francis Murder Investigation Remains Active 7 Years Later

Fri, 2024-07-19

Today, Friday, 19th July 2024, marks seven years since the murder of Jahcari Antoni Francis. At the time of his death, Jahcari was 20-years-old.

He was fatally shot around 10:40pm Wednesday, 19th July 2017, inside an Upland Street, Devonshire home. At that time, three other persons were inside the residence with Jahcari. Those individuals were fortunate to be uninjured.

Shortly after this callous killing, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) made an appeal for any witnesses that lived in the area, who might have heard the gunshots and/or saw the shooter, who was on a motorcycle, to come forward.

Once again, as in previous years, we are renewing our appeal on the date of Jahcari’s murder.

The investigative team is still looking to speak with two persons. One of them drove by seconds before the shooting and saw a motorcycle parked at the driveway to the residence where this homicide occurred. The second person was standing at the gate of Upland Street and Middle Road, Devonshire. This is critical to certain lines of enquiry.

The investigation remains active and the BPS thanks the public for all assistance received so far.

This ongoing appeal for more assistance is to help confirm key information, so that we can bring closure to the family of Jahcari and ensure those responsible for his murder are brought to justice.

To provide any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please make contact with the Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jason Smith, on 717-0864 or jsmith2@bps.bm.

In addition, information can be provided through the BPS online community reporting portal, https://portal.police.bm/.

Alternatively, please call the independent and anonymous Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline 800-8477, or submit confidential tips via their website, www.crimestoppers.bm.

Update: Hospital Treatment for Visitor After Rental Scooter Collision

Mon, 2024-07-15

A visitor received hospital treatment after the rental scooter she was riding collided with a section of wooden roadside railing around 11:10am Friday, 12th July 2024, along Middle Road in Southampton.

Apparently the single vehicle collision occurred near Tribe Road Number 3, in the vicinity of Five Star Island, as the rental cycle was being ridden in the eastbound lane.

It is understood that the 54-year-old visiting American woman involved sustained a broken arm, as well as abrasions about her body and was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance.

Traffic diversions were in place for approximately half an hour, immediately following this collision.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses are once again encouraged to call 211.

Update: Inquiries Continue Regarding 9th July Three Vehicle Collision

Mon, 2024-07-15

A Government van driver involved in a collision with two cars on Middle Road, near the junction with Longford Road in Warwick around 3pm Tuesday, 9th July 2024, was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving and later released from police custody, after he passed the alco-analyser test. The 64-year-old Sandys parish man was unhurt in the collision.

The driver of one of the cars involved, said to be a 59-year-old Southampton woman, is understood to have been transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of stiffness in her neck.

The driver of the other car involved, said to be a 66-year-old Smith’s parish man, is understood to have been treated at the scene for an abrasion to his knee by emergency medical technicians, while a passenger in the same vehicle was apparently not hurt.

It now appears that the Government van involved was being driven in the westbound lane of Middle Road and the two cars were being driven in the opposite direction along Middle Road, when the collision occurred.

All three vehicles were damaged, with some traffic delays in the area for approximately one and a half hours, immediately following this collision.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses that have not already come forward are encouraged to call 211.

BPS Commissioner Outlines Current Staffing Levels & Government Support

Fri, 2024-07-12

Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons - "Today, there are 360 officers in the Bermuda Police Service, including the 14 student officers who are still in training. No record, as far back to 1979, shows staffing levels this low and certainly not with our current gang challenges. Officer numbers need to rise in order for the BPS to effectively respond to violent firearm crime.

Rest assured the women and men in the BPS remain committed to and focused on, their mission to make Bermuda safer.

The BPS continues to work with The Minister of National Security, and government as a whole, to ensure we are adequately resourced to meet our mandate.

To that end, with government’s approval, we are progressing both local and overseas recruitment. We are now engaged in the process of selecting recruits for our next training course. We anticipate starting this training course in November with 25 new officers.

Last year Government provided funding for the purchase of ten cars. It is anticipated our fleet will be further enhanced with the purchasing of an additional seven cars later this year, through funding provided by the government.

Our efforts will also be bolstered with the updated CCTV camera system, soon expected to be fully operational."

BPS Confirm Identities of 2 Young Men Killed in Scaur Hill Shooting

Fri, 2024-07-12

Sadly, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the identities of two young men who died following a verified firearm incident in the Scaur Hill, Sandys parish area that was reported around 6:05am Wednesday, 10th July 2024, as 18-year-old Razi Garland (pictured below left) and 19-year-old Amon Robinson (pictured below right).

The BPS extends our sincere condolences to the families and friends of both young men.

Two BPS Family Liaison Officers are providing relevant assistance to the families of each deceased teen.

Their autopsies will be conducted in due course.

The investigation regarding this double-murder is ongoing and the BPS is grateful to those persons that have already come forward to assist with inquiries.

The Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), Detective Sergeant Anneka Donawa, is renewing the appeal for anyone with any information that can help establish what happened and who is responsible.

SIO Donawa can be reached by calling 717-2250, or by e-mail at adonawa@bps.bm.

Information can also be provided through the BPS online community reporting portal, https://portal.police.bm/.

Alternatively, anonymous tips can be sent via the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline 800-8477, or the Crime Stoppers Bermuda website, www.crimestoppers.bm.

Once again, the BPS urges members of our community directly or indirectly affected by Wednesday’s senseless killing, or any other recent violent incidents, to please reach out to any of the relevant helping agencies for specialist assistance, if necessary.

Witness Appeals Regarding Two Separate Motorcycle Collisions

Fri, 2024-07-12

Around 11:57 p.m. on Thursday, July 11th, 2024, police received a report of a single vehicle road traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Pepper Hall/Orange Hole Road, St. George’s.

It is understood a male motorcycle rider was travelling east, along Tommy Fox Road, near the junction with Pepper Hall Road, St. George’s, when he lost control of the vehicle and collided with what is believed to be a metal pole.

Officers arrived at the scene to find the victim receiving treatment from EMTs.

He was subsequently transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. At last check he remained in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit receiving treatment for his injuries which are considered life threatening.

Meanwhile, shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11th, 2024, Police attended a single vehicle road traffic collision involving a motorcycle near the junction of North Shore Road and Jennings Road, Smiths.

It was reported that two males on a motorcycle were travelling east on North Shore Road in Smiths, when the rider apparently lost control as he tried to negotiate a series of bends and collided with an embankment causing both males to be ejected from the vehicle and onto the roadway.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers found both males lying on the roadway. They were both attended to by EMTs before being transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for further treatment of their injuries which were not thought to be life threatening.

Both incidents are now under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Roads Policing Unit on, 247-1788 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

BPS Identifies 4 People Found Deceased at South Terrace Home 7th July

Thu, 2024-07-11

With profound sadness, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the identities of the four individuals found deceased at a South Terrace, Pembroke home Sunday, 7th July 2024, as:

4-year-old Na-Vii Trimm-Parfitt;

9-year-old Drae-E Trimm-Parfitt;

39-year-old Nicole Parfitt;

40-year-old Ramon Trimm.

The BPS extends our sincere condolences to their families and friends.

Two BPS Family Liaison Officers are providing relevant assistance to the two families of the four deceased individuals.

Autopsies of each deceased will be conducted in due course.

The investigation regarding this tragic incident is ongoing and the BPS thanks those persons that have already cone forward to assist with inquiries.

However, the appeal continues for anyone with any information relating to this matter, even if it seems insignificant, to contact Detective Chief Inspector Derricka Burns on 717-0921 or dburns@bps.bm, as well as Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts on 717-0590 or croberts2@bps.bm.

Information can also be provided through the BPS online community reporting portal, https://portal.police.bm/.

The BPS urges members of our community directly or indirectly affected by this tragedy to reach out to relevant helping agencies for specialist assistance, if necessary.

Third Road Fatality of 2024: 64-Year-Old Marvin Johnson

Tue, 2024-07-09

Sadly, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm Bermuda’s third road fatality of 2024, 64-year-old Marvin Johnson, and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

As stated in the original witness appeal made by the BPS on Sunday, 14th April 2024, a 64-year-old male understood to have been a pedestrian at the time, was seriously injured sometime between 9:45pm and 10pm Friday, 12th April 2024, when a car travelling along Long Bay Lane Sandys, made a left hand turn onto Nursery Lane and collided with him.

The Sandys parish resident was admitted to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, where he was later pronounced dead on Monday, 3rd June 2024.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer was then assigned to provide relevant support to Mr. Johnson’s family, which is ongoing.

This road fatality is currently being investigated by the Roads Policing Unit (RPU).

The BPS thanks those persons who have already assisted with inquiries and renews the appeal for any witnesses that have not already come forward, or anyone with relevant information, to contact RPU Constable Kevin Medeiros by calling 717-2402 or e-mailing kmedeiros@bps.bm.

Alternatively, members of the public are encouraged to share any information that they may have with a police officer they’re familiar with, or through the BPS online community reporting portal, https://portal.police.bm/.

Operation Vega Q2, 2024

Tue, 2024-07-02

Acting Superintendent Robert Cardwell - "The Bermuda Police Service (BPS), continues to deliver on the Operation Vega initiative. By design, increased traffic enforcement, which is the main thrust of Operation Vega, should lead to a reduction in the number of road traffic collisions.

Sadly, this is not the case currently, with between 4 and 6 collisions being reported daily.

In reality, human error plays a part in most vehicle collisions. Inattention, speeding and driving without due care and attention – all of these contributing factors are avoidable.

A vehicle collision can be devastating and even minor collisions can be costly.

The BPS expects adherence to the law when it comes to driving or riding. This includes complying with traffic signs and signals. Road safety must be taken seriously by all road users and we all must take responsibility for our driving behaviour.

To prevent a crash – slow down, always drive sober, do not drive when stressed or tired, put your phone away, wear your seatbelt and fasten your helmet.

Impaired driving numbers continue to be high.

Those who choose to engage in this dangerous and illegal practice put not only their lives, but also the lives of everyone else on the road at risk.

Without doubt, impaired driving increases the likelihood of a collision.

Changing the impaired driving culture in Bermuda requires all of us to take action. If you have been drinking, do not drive or ride.

In addition, we ask that you take a moment to reflect on your own driving behaviour – did you drive safely, did you adhere to all traffic signs and signals and was your speed appropriate?

The Bermuda Police Service remains steadfast in its mission to make Bermuda safer, including for everyone travelling on our roads.

However, we continue to emphasise that policing is only one factor in the overall topic of road safety."

Impaired Driving 1st and 2nd Quarter Combined:

2021 - 85

2022 - 95

2023 - 143

2024 - 105

Offence

Q1

Q2

Impaired Driving

39

66

Speeding

574

349

Disqualified Driving

17

20

Unlicensed Vehicle                         

127

123

No Vehicle Insurance                                                               

93

82

No Driver’s License                                                    

122

104

Manner Of Driving                                                      

1

3

Fail To Stop After Accident                                       

10

1

Fail To Stop For Police                                                                      

0

8

Cell Phone Offence                                                    

25

16

Fraudulent Use Of Documents                                  

1

4

Helmet Offence                                                           

16

11

Seatbelt Offence                                                        

10

8

Defective Vehicle                                                         

7

3

Disobey Traffic Sign                                                   

97

81

Youth Licence Offence                                                

0

2

License Plate Offence                                                 

2

3

Motorist Advice Notice                 

273                        

216

Parking Offence                                                         

311

639

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