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I have zero confidence on Govt tackling crime

Published: 
Friday, September 8, 2017
Son of ex-curator on mom’s killing:
Stephen Broadbridge

Stephen Broadbridge, son of murdered ex-curator Dr Claire Broadbridge, has no intention of giving the Police Service months in bringing his mother’s killer/s to justice.

He also stated that he had zero confidence in Government’s ability to fight escalating crime and violence taking T&T.

Broadbridge, 80, was murdered last Saturday during a home invasion at her Cascade home.

Her throat had been slit, and the assailants apparently set furniture on the ground of the floor of the home in an attempt to burn down the two-storey building.

Yesterday, throngs of residents along Fondes Amandes, where Broadbridge lived, lit flambeaus at dusk in solidarity for the murdered woman, who was an outstanding member of the community.

Today, Claire Broadbridge, a former director of the National Museum and Art Gallery will be laid to rest.

While the police have been withholding information from Broadbridge, he said he hoped law enforcement officers “would not take months” to conduct their investigations and bring the killer/ killers to justice.

“I would like them to have an arrest soon. Not take months. I know the time my mother was killed was in the day and she had people working in her yard. All I care about is the end result. Once they (Police Service) are being affective…if they are not, I would be most upset.”

He said while the detection rate of the police was poor, the resources allocated to the case have been good.

“But I would imagine they would narrow down what they have to do. I have done a few things for them including locating security cameras along the road. Quite a few faces were seen in the footage.”

Broadbridge said since the killing, a lot of people have expressed fear, while others are furious.

Having to identify his mother’s body at the crime scene and before the autopsy was performed on Tuesday, Broadbridge said this “weakened” him and created a lot of stress just imaging the fear, pain and suffering his mom faced at the hands of her savage and heartless attackers.

Yesterday, Broadbridge supported the result of Louis Bertrand’s poll, which said that after two years in office the People’s National Movement led Government did not have a grip on crime and violence, which respondents agreed was the most pressing problem facing T&T.

“I have zero confidence in the Government when it comes to crime. I don’t think they have a plan. There are simple solutions that have been ignored and rejected. They have had more years in government that any other political party and therefore, I hold them more accountable for what is happening. They are in the same position that they have always been,” Broadbridge said.

If the Government fails to get a handle on crime, Broadbridge predicted a path of “steady decay” for our country and citizens.