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

Part I

Incidents of Infringements of Constitutional Rights

Paragraph 30. - XI. Clarence Ferguson and His Family

30. Clarence Ferguson, Althea Romain and their daughter Sandra, a 15 year old student were assaulted and seriously injured on the 9th of June, 1973. There were two separate incidents -- the first, occurred in the town of St. Georges and the second when the bus in which they were travelling to their home at Palmiste was stopped on the public road at Marigot by some men in a van which overtook the bus and blocked the road. About 10 men got out of the van including Moslyn Bishop, Willie Bishop, Albert Clarke (a/c Heads), Dudley Parsee and Alston Hood. These men tried to take Clarence Ferguson out of the bus and he was beaten with a bit of iron by Willie Bishop. Moslyn Bishop chopped Althea Romain on her left hand. Sandra Ferguson who tried to help her father was struck by Moslyn Bishop and had her clothes torn off, leaving her naked.

The Ferguson Family were treated by Dr. Ethelstan Friday - (See Medical Certificate of Dr. Friday - Appendix 2) [Not available for inclusion on this site]. Clarence Ferguson was so seriously injured that he required over 50 sutures. Clarence Ferguson did not give evidence but his daughter informed us that he was an "outspoken critic of the Government and of the Prime Minister."

Sandra impressed us as a very intelligent witness. She herself took an active part in the Union of Secondary School Students which became the student arm of the New Jewel Movement. The Students Union had publicly expressed the view that Grenada was not ready for Independence.

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