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

Paragraphs 110 thru 111. - An Examination in Detail [Part 17] - Consideration of the evidence of Belmar & Andrews

110. Merely for convenience reference might here be made to the entry in the Central police station diary on November 19, 1973. The entry is as follows:

No. Subject Hour Nature of Record
1785 Telephone
Message
2212 ASP Belmar of the Eastern
Division rang this station and
instruct that the three
prisoners, George Grainger,
Eric Campbell and Eslyn
Christopher must be taken to the
cell as soon as they come from
hospital.

(Signed) Cpl. 190 Simon.

Corporal Simon gave evidence that he was the diarist on November 19, 1973. He assumed duty at 4:00 p.m. (1600) and handed over his diary duty at 1:35 a.m. on November 20, 1973, to Cpl. 74 Wildman. That entry was shown to Belmar. He said he won't doubt that he telephoned the station but asserted that he "don't believe that entry at all." His explanation was that a mistake could have been made and that he did not give those instructions. The fact, however, is that the three men were taken to the Central Station on the specific instructions of Belmar and even when an appeal for help was made by one of the men to the Commissioner of Police he was told that the matter was being handled by Belmar who would be coming over later that night to the Central Station.

111. Another example. Under cross-examination, he was asked whether he was aware that there was a meeting scheduled to be held on Sunday afternoon, November 18 at 3 p.m. (15:00) in the DeLuxe Cinema owned by Ramdhanny. Belmar vehemently denied that he ever knew of such a meeting. It was suggested that he had information from about Friday, November 16 that members of the New Jewel Movement had been invited to Grenville on that Sunday to address some businessmen there.

A. No. I didn't know anything about that.
Q. You didn't know anything about that?
A. No.
Q. I am suggesting surely that based on that you instructed other policemen to prevent us from going to the cinema where the meeting was supposed to be held.
A. I don't agree with that.

Later in his cross-examination it was pointed out that the Grenville Station diary recorded on Sunday, November 18, 1973, at 11:10 a.m. that Inspector Andrews had advised the Commissioner that the merchants and shopkeepers of Grenville were holding a meeting at the DeLuxe Cinema at 3 p.m. (15:00) and that the Commissioner had advised that the Grenville police should be around to see who attended the meeting. It was also pointed out to Belmar that the station diary recorded on Saturday, November 17, 1973, the Commissioner of Police had directed that with respect to Grenville "there will be no pass or off duty from today." Belmar only then admitted that the reason why the passes and leave were withheld was that the meeting of the merchants had been known about on Saturday, November 17, 1973. If this is true, as is evidently the case, the recruitment by Belmar of police aides, including Waldron, on Saturday November 17, becomes logical, as also does his evidence that about 100 police aides were on stand by duty at the Grenville station from the early hours of Sunday, November 18.

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