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Govt House murder probe launched

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday announced the appointment of a committee to probe the circumstances surrounding the recent murder of Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Petty Officer Philip Perpall at Government House.

Dames said the committee includes former Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson, who will chair it; former RBDF Commodore Roderick Bowe; retired Superintendent of Police Douglas Hanna; and Paul Jones, an attorney and former police officer.

“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,” said Dames during a press conference at the Churchill Building.

“In order to address this incident in a transparent manner, I am appointing four eminently qualified professionals of noted and associated backgrounds to form the review committee which will conduct the inquiry with immediate effect.”

He added, “The review committee has the full backing of the government of The Bahamas and [the members] are mandated to conduct their investigations over the next two months, after which they will report their findings, which will be communicated to the Bahamian public.”

Police said Perpall, 52, was on duty at Government House on April 28 when a man entered the compound and killed him.

Last Friday, RBDF Able Seaman Jevon Seymour was charged with Perpall’s murder.

“…The main objective behind all of this is that at the end of the day, once the committee would have concluded their findings, they will also be making recommendations for improvement,” Dames said.

“And that is the critical objective behind this overall inquiry, because you remember now the investigations into the death of Petty Officer Perpall have been concluded by the RBPF, and so we want to keep that separate, and hence the reason why these four eminently qualified individuals would have been selected.

“They understand investigations, bring law to the table and they will know how to keep that dividing line to ensure that from these findings that we can bring about the needed improvements in the long term to a place like Government House, and this would assist us too in some of the work that we would have already started as it relates to protection of government buildings.”

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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