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Sir Arthur: Govt House murder distressing

Former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes said yesterday that he was distressed at news of the murder of a defense force marine at Government House over the weekend.

He referred to the incident as a tragedy, and offered his condolences to the family of the victim.

“Like all other Bahamians, I was shocked and distressed at this,” Foulkes said in an interview with The Nassau Guardian.

“It was really terrible for the whole country that something like that should happen.

“I have great sympathy with the family and all those who are suffering from this event, from this tragedy.”

Police said Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Petty Officer Philip Perpall, 52, was shot and killed shortly before 3 a.m. on Sunday at Government House.

The incident has made many question the safety protocols at the governor general’s residence.

Police said they were questioning a person of interest in the matter.

Sir Arthur also expressed concern over the emotional impact the incident may have on Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling.

“Well, I can imagine how distressed she must be,” he said.

“It’s probably a good thing that she was not there at the time, but I’m sure her excellency is really distressed with this.”

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames has promised a review of any breaches or failures regarding security at Government House.

RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel described Perpall’s killing as “a blow” to the organization.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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