Hard on the heels of lengthy prison terms handed in the Supreme Court, a senior Serious Crime Detective has said the recent results “should reinforce public confidence” in the police, the Department of Public Prosecutions, and Bermuda’s criminal justice system.
Chief Inspector Na’imah Astwood also encouraged “citizens to come forward with information to assist detectives in other challenging investigations”.
In a statement issued on Friday, police acknowledged the recent prison sentences for defendants convicted in three separate cases, for murder, possession and use of a firearm, and aggravated burglary.
The police statement said: “On Wednesday (October 4th) Garriko Benjamin was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for using a firearm in the double murder of Haile Outerbridge and Ricco Furbert that occurred on 23rd January 2013.
“Also Wednesday, Detre Ford and Wakeem Philpott were sentenced to 12 years and 10 years imprisonment respectively for aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm for an offence that occurred on 1st July 2016 at a residence in St George’s.
“And on Thursday (October 5th) Keivon Scott was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for the murder of Edmund John Flood that occurred at a Paget residence on 2nd October 2016.”
Commenting on the three rulings, Ms Astwood also commended and recognised “the professionalism of the detectives, forensic officers, intelligence analysts and support units who worked to bring these matters to fruition – as well as the prosecutors in the DPP’s Office who worked tirelessly to bring all the evidence together for successful prosecution of the perpetrators”.
“We also take this opportunity to thank all members of the public who had the courage to come forward and give evidence,” she added.
The senior officer also urged anyone with any information regarding unsolved murders or the location of firearms to contact the Serious Crime Department in confidence on 247-1739. Alternatively, there’s also the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.