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Barbados court hears of desperate attempts to save Greene brothers

A nightclub worker told a court in Barbados how he tried to stem the flow of blood from two brothers fatally stabbed outside the venue where he worked in Bridgetown.

Andre Savoury said he was unable to save Justin and William Greene, the sons of former Bermuda Police Service detective Ronald Greene and CedarBridge Academy teacher Margo Greene, who died in the early hours of March 26, 2006.

Mr Savoury told No 5 Supreme Court in Bridgetown, where Yuri Fidel Agard is on trial accused of murdering the brothers, that the pair had too many stab wounds.

He said he was on duty at the nightclub on Cavans Lane on the night of March 25, 2006, when there was an altercation among “a number of individuals” upstairs. He said the matter was dealt with and those involved left. “I remember the people went to the corner by No 1 Record Store and there was an incident,” he said, adding that two people who had been in the club were stabbed.

The Barbados Defence Force reserve officer went to the area and saw a man on the ground with multiple stab wounds.

“I went to the individual to check vital signs since I’m trained in first aid. There was lots of bleeding and I tried to stop the bleeding by direct pressure but there were too many stab wounds.”

The witness said there was a cry from someone in the crowd and another man was brought to the area.

“I assisted and tried to stop the bleeding as well,” Mr Savoury recalled. He said he did not know the names of the men but knew them from seeing them in the club at least twice a month.

Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Ralph Thorne QC, the witness agreed the use of narcotics was a frequent practice in the club but said when people were caught they were either put out or police were called.

The trial also heard from nightclub security officer Llewellyn Holder, who recalled how he broke up a dispute upstairs at the club 45 minutes before two men were stabbed outside.

He said there were men “physically trying to attack each other” and he and other security personnel “were trying to separate them”.

Those patrons left the club and went outside, where Mr Holder said he subsequently noticed a fight among a number of men.

He told the court he saw one man armed with a rock “the size of a small grapefruit” while another had “something that looked like a mop stick with a sharpened point”.

Assistant Superintendent Bruce Rowe also appeared as a witness at the trial this week, reading out a statement he said Mr Agard, who denies murder, voluntarily gave to police.

In the statement, Mr Agard said he and a man named Chad, along with others, went to a nightclub, known as Le Club, on Cavans Lane.

He and Chad remained at the venue until after 3am, he said, and when they left, a group of men attacked Chad.

“I ask what happen and a man shout ‘wait, you with he’,” Assistant Supt Rowe read from Mr Agard’s statement.

“The man rush at me with a knife in his hand. We started to scuffle and I get the knife away from he. I stab at the man twice and I know he got juck.

“He fell on me and I push he off. He grab at his chest and a second man rush at me. He had a knife as well and I had to defend myself.”

According to the statement read in court, Mr Agard went on to say he was under the influence of alcohol and could not remember what happened after that.

He recalled, however, walking and running across a temporary bridge and then throwing the knife into “the Wharf”.

Assistant Supt Rowe said Mr Agard later took him to his house, pointed to a pile of wood and told him to look there. When he did, said the officer, he found a brown-handled knife with what appeared to be blood on the blade.

The case continues.

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Published November 09, 2011 at 8:00 am (Updated November 09, 2011 at 8:48 am)

Barbados court hears of desperate attempts to save Greene brothers

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