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Oct 8, 2020

ComPol Chester Williams Addresses Allegations Against Shyne Barrow

Shyne Barrow

Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was asked about the allegations of domestic abuse made against the Prime Minister’s son, Shyne Barrow.  Barrow’s wife, twenty-seven-year-old Catherine Barrow, first accused him of violence against her, but later retracted the statement saying that the information was exaggerated.  The incident reportedly happened on October third when Catherine wanted to visit her family in Cayo. Shyne reportedly told her not to go and that’s when he allegedly attacked her.  She made a report and the medico-legal form classified her injuries as harm. Even though Catherine retracted the report, there is pressure on the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to bring forth charges nonetheless. Williams was reminded of a domestic violence protocol that he said would be instituted to still bring charges against the culprit even if the victim withdraws the report. Today, he said no action was required.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“The young lady did visit the police station and she made it clear from the onset that she only wanted to make the report for future reference and to be able to assist her to go to family court to seek a protection order. We check and said that we were going to charge in every case of domestic violence and it did not sit well with some agencies who said tht the hard and fast police was depriving many women who were victims of domestic violence and coming forward because they were afraid that even come to the police even to make a future reference report that her spouse would be arrested. So because of that many of them were not coming. We have since in circumstances where if the person makes is emphatically clear like in the case of Miss barrow that they don’t want anything. They just want to go to the family court to seek whatever remedy family court can give them and they can go with that. And I can tell you Shyne Barrow is not the first person that that has occurred to. If you look at the report, it has report for future reference and reports for court action because every day the police in domestic violence do take reports for future reference where persons are not arrested and charged. But at the end of the day there are many persons out there who want to condemn me as the commissioner for not forcing the police to charge even though the lady withdrew her complaint and made it clear from the onset that she did not want anything. But some of the same people who want to condemn me they are out there doing worst than Shyne Barrow just that their woman or their wives are afraid to come forward and make complaints. But at the end of the day we have to be real. If you want to take away the specks out of somebody’s eye take out your one first. And that is what they need to understand. We are in silly season. Everything now is about politics. But as the police department and so long as I am the Commissioner I am not going to allow the police department to be used to foster no political agenda for either side.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“You say silly season, but there are those who might believe that because Shyne Barrow is the prime minister’s son that you have to ‘afford’ him ‘mercy.’”

 

Chester Williams

“Well just like some people say that Jules Vasquez was not charged because this and that which is not true. People always say whatever but at the end of the day we work based on what people say. We work based what is their before us. And the only reason this was made public is because it is Shyne Barrow. It was you Hipolito it wouldn’t make the news. So we have to be real.”


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