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 104. - An Examination in Detail [Part 13] - The Evidence of Cosmos Nurse

104. Assistant Supt. Belmar had said that, apart from Ann Alexander, he had other information regarding the proposed attack on the Grenville Police Station on November 18 from another person; he also learned on that day about the likelihood of his being ambushed. According to him he learned about the attack on the police station at Birchgrove before he left for St. George's and about the ambush while on his way to Birchgrove from St. George's which he left about 2:30 p.m.

In the morning he was told by a man that the New Jewel Movement were planning to take over the Grenville police station. In the afternoon at Beaulieu a woman stopped his car and told him that the must look out for two cars with men following him. This was the information about the ambush. The woman could not be found to testify.

Cosmos Nurse was however called as a witness by the Commission. As indicated earlier, he came to speak about the alleged attack on the police station and, in so doing, it was discovered, apparently by accident that he was also a police aide. He is a farmer of Birchgrove; he is a neighbour and for 15 years has been a good friend of Belmar's. He is interested in cricket and follows the women's cricket team "all over the island." The information which he says he gave Belmar concerned two incidents. The first occurred during the first week of November, 1973, at Adephie [sic] Junction where he went for drinks at Forrester's restaurant and bamboo bar.

Q. Describe what happened when you went there.
A. As I entered the building I called to a lady that in the bar, now knowing there were people in the saloon. I ordered a drink of whisky, while I was there I heard a talking in the saloon. I heard someone say - "Man if we go the first place we must attack is Grenville police station, ah guess they have more guns and ammunition than any other part in St. Andrews." The next person the voice I heard saying "Man is only one bad man it have in Grenville and if we get at him, that is Belmar, came come." At a sudden as though in speaking they suspect that somebody was outside the hall. So when they look through the curtain, some kind of a curtain they have dey, yellow, white, blue all different colours, they see I was there. And when they come out I saw it was four young fellars, two dark and two light skin.
Q. Did you know any of those fellows before?
A. I don't know them, I don't know them. They had a blue car outside..... Never seen them before, but if I see them now I could recognise them......because I looked at them and they had big afro hair like. And they jumped in their car and they went Grand Etang way and they go up Grand Etang way. So I went down the same time down at Belmar's home to tell him what I heard, he was not there. I wait until the night when he came and I went there and tell him what happened.

The second incident concerned Harold St. Louis about whom reference has been already made. According to Nurse, Belmar was leaving for work on the morning of November 15, 1973. St. Louis who was in his house said "You playing man on the 18th we going to know which God you serving." Nurse did not think that Belmar heard, so he waited until Belmar returned home on that evening - November 15, 1973 - and he told him what St. Louis said:

Q. Yes, you told us about the 15th November.
A. Yes, Sir.
Q. Did you tell him anything on the 16th November?
A. No Sir, nothing happened, I heard nothing.
Q. On the 17th?
A. I heard nothing.
Q. On the 18th?
A. The 18th, I heard what happened at Grenville. I wasn't there.

There was nothing in Nurse's evidence to suggest that he, who had been named by Belmar as his informant on the morning of November 18, 1973, had ever seen Belmar during that day.

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