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Investigation Underway After 28-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Smith's Parish

Thu, 2021-11-11

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 28-year-old woman whose lifeless body was found at a Smith’s Parish residence shortly after 2:45 this morning.

Police attended the residence in response to reports of a domestic incident and found the woman’s body with suspected multiple stab wounds.

A 37-year-old unresponsive male found at the scene, was transported via ambulance to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was attended to for injuries to his hands.

He is now assisting police with their investigation into this incident.

The scene has been forensically processed and death was certified by an on-call physician.

Police are appealing for anyone who has any information on this incident, to please call 211 or the main police number, 295-0011.

Update: Friday, 12th November - 37-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of 28-year-old woman.

Acting Commissioner Responds to Social Justice Bermuda

Wed, 2021-11-10

Acting Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons - "I acknowledge and appreciate the views of Social Justice Bermuda, as expressed in their Monday, 8th November 2021 public statement. This is an unacceptable situation in which a police officer admitted to engaging in activity that caused significant concern to a family and the community

We all agree that this should not have happened and there should be a consequence. However, there is a prescribed process that must be followed and all the facts must be considered so that the appropriate determination is made. 

I seek the public’s patience to allow due process to occur, as we work to resolve this matter. 

In order to solve crimes and generally help make Bermuda safer, the longstanding partnership between the police and the community is vital. Therefore, I welcome comments from organisations such as Social Justice Bermuda. All community views have value, particularly those that express dissatisfaction. They give us pause and provide an opportunity for reflection and growth.

Unfortunately, the 8th November public statement by Social Justice Bermuda also contained some inaccurate remarks. I wish to state that it was established that a police officer did not share the untimely passing of a prominent member of our community before the next of kin were made aware. In fact, it was confirmed that this error in judgement was made by someone who was in no way linked to the Bermuda Police Service. 

Also, an investigation into publicising personal information and documents related to that public figure, confirmed that it only occurred after the Bermuda Police Service had returned those documents. 

The independent Police Complaints Authority reviewed the findings of that investigation. 

Separately, a report on the events of 2nd December 2016 was prepared by an independent authority and made public shortly after. That report has led to changes in how we deal with public order incidents. 

In addition, the recent handling of a matter involving an officer's social media post was dealt with before the courts and reported on by the local news media. That officer is no longer a member of the Bermuda Police Service. 

I have previously shared that delays in providing crime statistics result from staffing reallocations that prioritise police response to crime over the statistics. Notwithstanding this, I wholeheartedly acknowledged the criticism regarding the tardiness in producing these figures at a recent press conference, where delayed crime statistics from 2018 and 2019 were released. I stress, however, ensuring public safety will always remain the top priority of the Bermuda Police Service. 

To be clear, we remain focused on this most recent situation. I again apologise to the families and those impacted by what transpired. 

Even when we don't get it right, I remain confident that the women and men of the Bermuda Police Service know all too well the value of the community's trust and support and are saddened when we fall short of those expectations."

Acting Commissioner Confirms Police Officer Shared Fatal Collision CCTV

Fri, 2021-11-05

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that one of our officers inappropriately shared a video of the most recent fatal road traffic collision.

Mr. Darrin Simons Acting Commissioner of Police said,  “After the officer noticed that the video was being shared widely within the community, he immediately came forward, took responsibility for his actions and apologised.

This avoided what may have been a lengthy investigation into what transpired.

The matter is now under disciplinary review by the Professional Standards Department to determine the suitable outcome.”

Mr. Simons continued, “I am deeply troubled that we have let the community down by this action. We exist to make Bermuda safe and causing distress or harm like this is simply unacceptable. I unreservedly apologise to family and friends of the deceased, to the staff at the gas station who may have been scrutinised, and the community as a whole for the impact this has caused. We can and will do better.”

Fifteenth Road Fatality for 2021: Jahtino Richardson-Martin

Fri, 2021-11-05

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 23-year-old Jahtino Richardson-Martin, Bermuda’s 15th road fatality for 2021.

Mr. Richardson-Martin was seriously hurt when the motorcycle he was riding and a car collided at the entrance of RUBiS Terceira’s North Shore service station shortly after 9:05am Wednesday, 3rd November.

Despite being rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, sadly the Pembroke resident later succumbed to his injuries. A BPS Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to help support Mr. Richardson-Martin’s family at this difficult time.

The car driver involved, said to be a 25-year-old Pembroke man, was not hurt.

Once again, if they receive it, members of the public are reminded to delete and not further share a video being circulated on social media showing Wednesday’s fatal collision. The continued sharing of the graphic video is only adding to the distress of the families involved.

The cooperation of those who have already assisted with inquiries is greatly appreciated and the BPS continues to encourage any witnesses that have not yet come forward – or members of the public with relevant information – to call Constable Noah Harvey on 247-1309, 211 or e-mail nharvey@bps.bm at the earliest opportunity.

Two Men Arrested in Connection With Aggravated Burglary Bailed, Investigation Continues

Fri, 2021-11-05

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS), would like to thank the public for their continued assistance with the investigation into the aggravated burglary/sexual assault which occurred in Smith's Parish on Tuesday 19th October, 2021.

Two arrests have been made in connection with this matter.

On Friday 29th October, 2021, a 20-year-old man was arrested and the public will recall another male suspect was arrested on the day the incident occurred.

Both men have since been bailed to return to Hamilton Police Station at a later date, whilst the investigation continues.

Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone who knows anything about this brutal attack, and home invasion. We still need your help.

We once again thank those members of the public who have come forward to assist with the investigation, and urge anyone with any information, no matter how unimportant you feel it might be, to contact Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph, the lead investigator in this matter, on 717-2158, 247-1248 or via email, jsherwin@bps.bm.

Alternatively, you may also call 211, the main police number, 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers, 800-8477.

Renewed Witness Appeal: Fifteenth Road Fatality for 2021

Thu, 2021-11-04

The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank those witnesses that have already come forward to assist with the investigation regarding the island’s latest road fatality.

However, a renewed witness appeal is being issued seeking specific information about the movements of the two vehicles involved in Wednesday morning’s fatal collision.

The investigating officer is particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen a black Yamaha NVX motorcycle travelling west along North Shore Road through the Flatts Village area toward RUBiS Terceira’s North Shore service station around 9am Wednesday – as well as anyone who may have seen a blue Peugeot 306 car travelling east along North Shore Road toward the same place, at the same time.

Members of the public with relevant information or dash cam footage are asked to call Constable Noah Harvey on 247-1309, 211 or e-mail nharvey@bps.bm immediately.

Update: Friday, 5th November - Bermuda's 15th road fatality identified.

Online Scams Advisory: Beware of Investment & Online Shopping Fraudsters

Thu, 2021-11-04

The Bermuda Police Service is alerting the public to two fraudulent schemes currently circulating within the community. 

The first is dubbed, the “Hyperfund Scam”. A company which appears legitimate, invites you to invest with them, whilst offering large returns on your investment. Hyperfund operates on a multi-level marketing model, similar to that of a Ponzi scheme. Several persons have fallen victim to the scheme, with one Bermudian investing upwards of BDA $10,000. 

In the second scam, persons are being contacted by individuals purporting to be from the online shopping platform Amazon. The fraudster then informs the intended victim they have a monetary claim on hold and requests certain personal details to confirm their order. This is an attempt from the fraudster to obtain the personal banking details of unsuspecting victims. 

The following are red flags associated with these two fraudulent schemes:

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