Committee formed to review Govt House murder
Four retired law enforcement officers were appointed to the review committee that is tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Petty Officer Philip Perpall, who was killed on April 28 while on duty at Government House, National Security Minister Marvin Dames announced today.
The committee members include former Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson, former RBDF Commodore Roderick Bowe, and former police officers Douglass Hanna and Paul Jones.
“This committee is being tasked with reviewing the incident and ultimately determining whether or not there were any breaches or failures in security at Government House during the morning of the incident,” Dames said.
“The review committee has the full backing of the government of The Bahamas and are being mandated to conduct their investigations over the next two months, after which they will report their findings to be communicated to the Bahamian public.”
Dames said the committee’s main objective will be to make recommendations for improvements.
“That is the critical objective over this overall inquiry,” Dames added. “Remember now, the investigations into the death of Petty Officer Perpall has been concluded by the Royal Bahamas Police Force
“We want to keep that separate, hence the reason why these four eminently qualified individuals would have been selected. They understand investigations, law and they will know how to keep that dividing line to ensure that from these findings, we can bring about the needed improvements in the long term to a place like Government House.
“And this will assist us with some of the work that we already started as it relates to the protection of government buildings.”
Last week, Able Seaman Jevon Seymour was charged with Perpall’s murder and the attempted murders of Calvin Hanna and Ellis Rahming at Government House.
Seymour was not required to enter a plea to the charges during his initial court appearance and was remanded into custody until June 20.
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