Dad wants son's body home - EntornoInteligente / Related articles Lime cuts top execs BAJAN TO DE BONE: Jeffrey the cookshop… Tears flow in Haynesville The frustrated father reached out to the DAILY NATION yesterday, following nearly three weeks of sleepless nights, to call for a national response to his son’s death.

“I need the autopsy to be done and over so I can get my son home. They should be doing more to get these boys home,” Austin said as he sat in his Deacons, St Michael home.

“I’m corresponding with Jamaican police; to me they’re doing their work. They have 40 officers on the case.

“But the problem is that this Government here isn’t looking out for Bajan citizens. I think they should be doing more because these are citizens that went to Jamaica for vacation and got carried from the airport to their death,” he added.

The bodies of Griffith, 37, and that of his friend Dario Yearwood, 27, were discovered partially burnt with gunshot wounds in an area of deep vegetation known as Woodburn District, St Thomas, on September 7.

According to Jamaican authorities, the pair arrived at Norman Manley International Airport on September 6 with the intent of checking in to a hotel in Kingston.

Austin, 60, said his son and Yearwood were frequent flyers, visiting Jamaica and other countries several times.

He said Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officials contacted him, requesting that he travel to Jamaica to give a DNA sample for the autopsy.

Austin said he instead suggested the use of a DNA swab, but while the JCF approved, the lack of communication with the Royal Barbados Police Force brought that plan to an end.

Since he has no idea of the status of his son’s body in Jamaica, Austin said he and Griffith’s siblings were still haunted by the tragedy.

“I haven’t been holding up well. I lost a lot of weight. I haven’t been eating and it’s hard to sleep,” he said.

In the September 16 SUNDAY SUN, JCF Acting Assistant Commissioner McArthur Sutherland said police in Jamaica were in contact with the RBPF on the double murder.

When contacted yesterday, however, RBPF acting public relations officer Sergeant Michael Blackman said there was no further update on the matter. (AD)



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