Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Part III

The Events of November 18, 1973

Paragraph 102. - An Examination in Detail [Part 11] - The Evidence of Innocent Belmar - Alleged Proposed Takeover of Grenville Police Station

102. The evidence of these two witnesses under cross-examination will be examined later. At this stage it is appropriate to refer to the evidence of Belmar on the sources of his information regarding events on November 18 and the testimony of the two witnesses who were called to support that aspect of his evidence. Belmar had said that on November 18 he received information of the likelihood of his being ambushed and on that day he also had information that the six men were on their way to Grenville to seize the Grenville police station. He also said he had information previously to November 18 that Grenville police station was to be attacked. He alleged that on November 11, 1973, a married woman, a resident of Grenville, told him that "I must be on the lookout." She said -

"You have two gates at the police station, one at the front and one at the back. I would advise you to have the one facing the sea blocked up . . . . .that she was made to understand that members of the New Jewel Movement were planning to take over the police station at any time and that I must be on the look-out . . . . . that she also understands that they are trying to find out how much ammunition and firearms that I have on charge at the station."

Belmar said that he spoke to Inspector Andrews and three policemen about this information. He also said that, with regard to the information he received on November 18 about the take over of the Grenville police station, he reported this to Commissioner Nugent David about 12:00 on Sunday, November 18, when he also told him about the previous information he had on November 11.

Belmar said that on November 18 he attended a meeting with Commissioner David and other policemen in St. George's about security matters concerning the proposed take over of the Grenville police Station but that no decisions were made as to what he might do to prevent any possible take over of the Grenville police station. Belmar said, however, that he did not tell Commissioner David the names of his informants and that he left St. George's about 2:30 p.m. that day.

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