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Oct 12, 2016

Deputy Prime Minister’s vehicle set ablaze

At midnight on Tuesday, the vehicle of Deputy Prime Minster, Patrick Faber went up in flames; police are looking for a suspect caught on camera. He was seen jumping the fence, gouging the vehicle and setting it on fire, all that happened in a matter of seconds. Police believe that a person of interest will lead them other persons. This is the second vehicle belonging to the DPM that has been destroyed, in August his vehicle was reportedly stolen and plunged into the Caribbean Sea. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

This is all that remain from the Government issued vehicle to Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber. The charred frame of the vehicle that’s being towed away -barely recognizable after it was set on fire around midnight on Tuesday night- is a fifty five thousand dollar silver colored Mazda CX5 assigned to Faber. This video shows the blaze at its peak last night right next to Faber’s home. He was inside with his two young sons when he heard a noise outside. He called the emergency line.The flames extended all the way up to this light and even towards Faber’s house searing the gutters. But the quick response from the Fire Department prevented the fire from spreading to his house. Today, Fire Officials and Police were on the ground at Faber’s property in Lord’s Bank investigating Tuesday night’s arson- something that could have resulted in more than just a destroyed vehicle due to the proximity of the house.


Benisford Matura, Operations Officer, National Fire Service

Benisford Matura

“Last night approximately after 12, about a quarter after going into Wednesday morning, We got a call and we saw a vehicle totally engulfed in fire. We got into operation and extinguished it.”



“How long did it take for the firefighters to control the blaze, because I noticed that some of the gutters of the house were also catching afire and some of the neighbors report that the fire truck didn’t have enough pressure?”


Benisford Matura

“It took us like two to three minutes to get it under control. But what you must remember is that we at the Fire Department don’t know where the fire is. So, neighbours or people who have their house or their vehicles on fire might think that it takes an eternity. But we have to bear in mind that we have to get the call, the firefighters have to be dispatched, they have a journey from where the Ladyville station is through to the areas of at least two miles and we have rough road and all that to deal with. So, it took us about three to four minutes to arrive on scene and at that point we got into operation.”


Andrea Polanco

“But you are happy with the performance and overall response time of the team that was dispatched?”


Benisford Matura

“Yes, I am. And even Mr Faber when he was interviewed this morning said that he is satisfied with the work that we did and the police did.”



“Because it could have been worse because of the proximity next to the house?”


Benisford Matura

“Yes it could have been worse because eventually it could have caught the house fire.”


Police say that while they can’t provide all the details in this incident, they can confirm that they are using surveillance footage to help them find the culprit. The video footage from cameras around Faber’s property- we counted at least 9 cameras installed around the house- is already being circulated. Police say, however, they haven’t yet made an arrest but they are confident that they will. But why torch the vehicle? Police say they have no clue.


ACP Edward Broaster,  Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

ACP Edward Broaster

“Reviewing the surveillance system that the Minister have revealed an intruder entering his premises just little before twelve and departed and came back with what appeared with a tank of fuel, poured it over the vehicle and set it ablaze.”


Isani Cayetano

“In so far as your investigations, any breakthroughs in the lead or any suspects. Where do you guys stand at this present moment?”


ACP Edward Broaster

“Currently, we are looking for the suspect. In reviewing the tape, we could have made his face. We are looking for the suspect at this time.”


Isani Cayetano

“The motive?”


ACP Edward Broaster

“We have no idea what the motive at this time.”


Just about two months ago, a 2013 Prado assigned to Faber was reported stolen and discovered submerged in the sea near the Marine Parade. So, are we looking at a possible connection between these two destroyed vehicles? Police don’t believe so. But what they do know is that they will have to provide security for the Deputy Prime Minister.


ACP Edward Broaster

 “We don’t believe there is any nexus between the first incident and this incident. But we won’t know until we get down into the investigation and get the motive as to why the individual burn the vehicle.”


Isani Cayetano

“Given the tense political climate, is there any move from the Police Department or on the part of the Department to provide additional securities for these elected officials, particularly, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister, at this point?”


ACP Edward Broaster

“Well, the Prime Minister has always had protective security at his residence. Yes, given the threat that is being meted on the Deputy Prime Minister, we will have to provide security for him. This latest incident is a clear reason why we should.”


Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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1 Response for “Deputy Prime Minister’s vehicle set ablaze”

  1. Hatari says:

    That’s two now that we will have to pay for. Looks like karma is stepping in.

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