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 112. - An Examination in Detail [Part 18] - The Evidence of Gilbert Anthony Coxhead

112. Gilbert Anthony Coxhead, the Prior of Mount St. Ervans Priory said that on that Sunday Between 9 - 10 p.m. (21:00 - 22:00) he visited the Grenville police station with Father Bernard Kadlek and Dr. Gibbs of the Princess Alice Hospital.

He was taken to the office of Asst. Supt. Belmar who asked on what business he had come. Rev. Coxhead said he had come about somebody understood to be hurt. Belmar told them "the man is not badly hurt."

Rev. Coxhead told him, in effect, that if he ever learned that the man was badly hurt he would bear witness against Belmar who then said he had received orders that no one was to see the men; whereupon Dr. Gibbs said he could do nothing in those circumstances. The three of them left the station without seeing any of the Six detainees.

The late Rupert Bishop, the father of Maurice Bishop, who had been a Justice of the Peace for 15 years when he testified said he also went to the Grenville station on that Sunday, between 7 - 8 p.m. (19:00 - 20:00) with Allan La Grenade, Dr. Radix (a dentist) and Mrs. Eileen Radix (the father and mother of Kenrick Radix).

Dr. Radix told Belmar he had come to arrange bail. Belmar said "no bail can be arranged" and that he had orders from above. They left the station and returned with a barrister, Mr. Michael Sylvester, Mr. Gordon Hutchinson, a Justice of the Peace, and a medical practitioner, Dr. Charles.

On this occasion, Belmar said "no doctor, no judge, no lawyer, no magistrate, no bishop, no priest, no justice of the peace would be able to release those boys tonight."

Rupert Bishop said he told Belmar he understood the boys were bleeding badly and that his son was in a dangerous condition. Although requested by both professionals, Belmar refused to allow the barrister or the doctor to see the detainees. Mrs. Eileen Radix gave evidence corroborating the late Rupert Bishop. Dr. Laurence Gibbs also gave evidence about his visit to the Grenville police station with the two priests who had explained to him that he was taken there for the purpose of seeing Maurice Bishop who was beaten and injured. Dr. Gibbs said one of the priests in his presence told Belmar what was the purpose of the doctor's visit but Belmar refused the request to allow Bishop to be seen by a doctor.

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