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AG: Marine’s murder ‘shocking and disturbing’

Attorney General Carl Bethel today expressed distress and shock following the murder of Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Petty Officer Philip Perpall, who was killed in the guard room at Government House on Sunday, allegedly at the hands of a fellow officer.
Bethel, who addressed the matter in the Senate, added that it is also disturbing that the crime took place at Government House and called on authorities to review the security protocols there.
“It is especially shocking that the alleged assailant is a fellow RBDF member, who would have had all necessary training,” Bethel said as he offered condolences to Perpall’s family.

“The loss of any life due to any act of violence, no matter where it occurs, is an inherent tragedy and is to be deeply regretted.

“The fact that the apparent murder took place on the hallowed ground of Government House, the historic and perpetual center of our nation state, the official residence of her excellency the governor general, our head of state, and allegedly amongst members of her security detail, is also particularly disturbing.”

Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson said Perpall was sitting in the guard area when a man entered around 2:30 a.m.

“This male opened fired from a hand gun on the guard commander, hitting him several times to the upper body before fleeing the premises. He was pursued by alert marines but he made good on his escape,” Ferguson said during a press conference on Sunday.

Perpall died at the scene, police reported.

Bethel said: “We trust that all relevant agencies will in due course take necessary steps to ensure the law is upheld and that all necessary steps are taken to improve the security of Government House if it is found that there was in fact any lapses in security.

“We as a people should pray that the spirit of irrational and hateful anger and violence, will forever depart from our country.”

Krystel Brown

Online Editor at Nassau Guardian
Krystel covers breaking news for The Nassau Guardian. Krystel also manages The Guardian’s social media pages. She joined The Nassau Guardian in 2007 as a staff reporter, covering national news. She was promoted to online editor in May 2017.
Education: Benedict College, BA in Mass Communications
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