Hang them - Man wants death penalty for gunmen who killed his relatives
Norvin Bloomfield, who lost his daughter, grand children and four other relatives in 2015 when they were slaughtered and then set ablaze in Hanover, believes justice has been served.
His comments come after the accused men, Errol Clarke, 51, and Mikhail Campbell, 27, were sentenced last Friday in the Home Circuit Court. They will have to 80 years in prison before they can get parole.
Bloomfield, however, told our news team that he wishes hanging was lawful.
“I just so sorry hanging is not in existence because they will be eating my tax dollars just the same. Justice has been served. It can’t bring back my family and all that I have lost, my house and furniture,” Bloomfield said.
Clarke and Campbell were convicted in the Hanover Circuit Court on November 30 for six counts of murder, four counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and one count of arson, arising from the deadly 2015 attack in the community of Logwood in Hanover.
Police reports are that at about 11:30 p.m. on October 8, 2015, a group of heavily-armed men invaded a house located on Campbelton Road.
They kicked open the doors, sprayed the occupants with bullets and then set fire to the house, before making their escape.
FOUR PERSONS SURVIVED
When the smoke cleared, the bodies of 15-year-old student Davian Mahabee; 18-year-old Alia Mahabee; Linette Bloomfield, 63; Mark Bloomfield, 40; Kerry-Ann Bloomfield, 36; and Brian Mangaroo, 30, were found among the rubble.
Four persons survived the attack with serious injuries.
Bloomfield told THE STAR that the entire community has expressed pleasure with the sentences that were handed down.
“The whole community and surrounding districts were so pleased with the verdict that they heard. I would really like to big up Detective Inspector David Ebanks. Throughout the whole trial, four weeks, him come by and pick me up each morning and take me to the courthouse in Lucea and ensure that I get back home safely. Through it all he was there for the family,” Bloomfield said.
While reports were that six persons died in the tragic incident which rocked the country, Bloomfield said that he lost an additional family member.
“It’s actually seven because my daughter was three months pregnant. This was very serious, and I would like the Commissioner of Police to immediately promote Detective Inspector Ebanks (lead investigator). He should get Superintendent. From start to end, it was a horrible thing and he never stop to pursue until the verdict,” he said.
While picking up the pieces, he said that he keeps photographs of his deceased family members around his home to keep them fresh in his memory.
“My family photo is right on my bed. Some of dem stick up, everywhere I turn I see dem,” he said.
Bloomfield noted that his grandson, who was 15-years-old at the time of his death, had a lasting effect on him.
“I will never ever forget my grandson. He was brilliant. He took exams with 10 and 11 grade students, and he was the only one who got 100 per cent throughout the entire Caribbean. NCB had promised him a scholarship, but he is not around to accept,” Bloomfield said.