Nassau, Bahamas: Here’s another story members of the WUTLESS media cannot remember. And will not because they are too clouded in their political bias, racing behind WUTLESS politicians. However, when news broked about the customs officer whose home was burned down by a driving terrorist this week, our minds when back to another customs officer who was not so fortunate with life as Ms. Ritchie.
The victim was customs officer Sean Symonette, a 38 year-old officer who was stationed at the International Airport sometime before 1999. Sean was about to knock off his shift when the final plane landed with passengers disembarking for inspection. Rolling up to the customs counter, was a fellow officer who was just off that late international flight. With the crooked customs officer sweating near blood sweat, as one officer described his to Bahamas Press, Symonette and another officer began inspection of his bag.
Eyewitnesses that night noted that officers overheard their crooked colleague carrying the bag saying, “Man look here if this don’t go down right, someone ga die.” But Symonette being the decent HARDWORKING public servant that he was, proceeded with the inspection. By that time officers from the Royal Bahamas Police Force stationed at the airport had joined the inspection and the bag was opened. It was stuffed tight with wrapped cocaine. Every inch of the bag was taken.
From that night on Symonette began receiving death threats, but the officer was determined to UPHOLD THE LAW OF THE LAND, and agreed to testify in the drug trial that followed.
Symonette was by all accounts the nicest person that you would want to meet. But on Friday, 30th October, nine years ago, he had flown in from Marcona Ocean Industries’ Ocean Cay where he was stationed as a customs officer following the drug bust at the airport. He had a day off and he had simply come in to see his three year-old son and mother.
Symonette was about to perform the biggest duty of his career, where he would testify in a major drug case in court. But as we said he had received death threats; he had agreed to be wired by the customs department to catch any attempt to bribe him to not testify. Symonette had asked for a gun and police protection but none was offered. He said goodbye to his mother that night, sent his son back inside to kiss his grammie; she never saw him again. One half hour after that good bye, shortly after 9 p.m., Sean Symonette was gunned down with nine bullets at point blank range.
He collapsed in front of his son. The son kept looking at the gunman in the purple car and the hood over his head as the gunman said to the son: “Go inside, ya daddy done dead!” And that as they say was that. An officer killed in cold blood for serving his country, and still after that ordeal there is no thanks nor protection for his colleagues years later.
In 2002, Jeffrey Neilly is accused of the murder in October 1999 of Symonette. The 36 year-old accused was charged on Monday 3rd June and remanded without bail. Customs officers told Bahamas Press, six years later the accused is walking around a free man and is bragging about the murder. The Police failed Symonette an innocent officer, the customs leadership failed to protect a threatened member of their family and in many ways the country has failed to protect the life of a decent public servant.
Bahamas Press knows what customs officers feel today when Ms. Roslyn Ritchie discovered her home burnt to the ground on Wednesday after another lawless mind – possibly on bail – cast a bomb into her home.
Bahamas Press asks this country, who is protecting the innocent in this land, when the VICKED, LAWLESS and UNGOVERNABLE roam the streets killing off the DECENT, HONEST, LOYAL and COMMITTED YOUNG who hold up the laws of this nation?
A customs officer told Bahamas Press, “A whole man is dead, why could they not protect him? You think Sean had to die like that? They did not protect him, you think they ga protect me? And guess what, someone high up in the customs department knew all about the drugs coming in that night which Symonette prevented from getting onto the streets!”