The New Today
Local News

Supt Pierre back in CID

Supt Pierre is now back in charge of CID

Superintendent of Police Esau Pierre is back in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) in order to help the lawmen solve some of the recent murder cases on the island.

Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that Supt. Pierre, who was on holiday, returned to CID on transfer from his last posting as officer in charge of Carriacou.

Speculation is rife that Acting Commissioner of Police Don McKenzie turned to Supt Pierre to take charge of the Department in order to allow Acting Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ryan Hall who was in charge to get the opportunity to do more work on the ground and to pick up leads that can solve the recent spate of murders.

A Police insider described ASP Hall as “a very competent” police officer and one of the best Detectives at the moment in the force.

A retired high-ranking member of the force welcomed the move to bring back Supt Pierre as head of CID at this point in time.

He described him as an “excellent” police officer with tremendous experience having worked in the Drug Squad and Immigration Department.

Supt Pierre is already busy at work and focused on helping to crack the recent murders.

According to the police insider, he spent the first day back on the job at CID getting a full briefing on the work already done by Detectives on the murders.

He said that the senior RGPF member also visited one of the Crime scenes in order to obtain a better understanding of what should be done in going forward with the case.

Supt Pierre has told close aides that he is confident of success and believes that he still has the passion, energy and drive to lead the Team of Investigators to crack the unsolved murder cases.

Grenada currently has five to six outstanding murder cases within the past 4 months.

One of the cases is the murder of LGBT member Josiah “Jonty” Robinson of Beaulieu in June which attracted international attention with top U.S celebrity Tyler Perry offering a reward of US$100, 000.00 for information that can lead to the arrest of the murderer.

Acting Commissioner Mc Kenzie is known to have pledged to offer the CID as much help as needed in order to arrest all suspects in the recent murder cases.

Meanwhile, a LGBT group in New York is taking up the “Jonty” Robinson case in the Spice Isle with a plan to pressure the island’s Commissioner of Police to solve the case.

The group issued the following press release:-

On Monday, September 4, 2023, Caribbean Equality Project led a historic Queer Caribbean Liberation Collective contingent that participated in the 2023 West Indian Day Parade.

Together with partners, activists, and community members, over 150 marchers amplified Caribbean LGBTQ+ representation while celebrating Caribbean culture, to demand action, accountability, and Justice for Josiah “Jonty” Robinson.

An estimated 2.1 million in-person spectators and Eyewitness News ABC7 NY and PIX 11 viewers witnessed the collective’s bravery and call for #JusticeForJonty.

“Queer Caribbean Lives Matter! We have always existed. Today, Caribbean LGBTQ+ visibility is an act of defiance in a predominantly heteronormative parade and a resistance to harmful post-colonial laws that continues to threaten our lives.

The West Indian Day Parade is for Caribbean people, by Caribbean people, and that includes Caribbean LGBTQ+ joy and resilience. Our community deserves the right to exist and thrive without the fear of violence in their home country and throughout the Caribbean diaspora,” said Mohamed Q. Amin, Founder and Executive Director of the Caribbean Equality Project, who organised the collective and led a powerful chant in front of the parade’s judges, calling for Justice for Josiah Robinson.

On June 18, 2023, the body of 24-year-old Josiah Robinson was found on Morne Rouge Beach, a picturesque community space for locals and tourists in St George’s, the capital of Grenada. Robinson’s death was ruled a murder following a second autopsy.

Robinson, who performed under the moniker “Jonty Dream,” was a talented Grenadian singer, creative, and beloved son, whose music was a love letter to his country.

On July 10, 2022, he wrote on Instagram, “Dear Grenada, I am excited to announce my official induction into the Grenada History books as the first openly gay male Artist to have completed a full album.”

The death of Robinson sent shockwaves throughout Grenada and the LGBTQ+ community in the Eastern Caribbean, a reminder of the daily struggles for safety and economic stability of openly queer residents, while illuminating the ongoing post-colonial tensions in the region.

Our Caribbean regional community partners at GrenCHAP and the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) have been coordinating actions to raise local and international awareness of Robinson’s death and support his family, while continuing to add pressure on local authorities to conduct a thorough investigation.

On Wednesday, July 26, Jonty’s friend, Dr. Yvette Noel-Schure, and American actor and director Tyler Perry announced a $100K Reward for any information related to the act of violence that took Robinson’s life at his favourite place in Grenada – the beach.

Sadly, more than two months after Robinson’s death, there appears to be little progress on the case. The few updates authorities have made available to the public and the family have revealed little urgency in seeking a perpetrator or motive for his murder.

The Caribbean Equality Project calls on the Honourable Dickon Mitchell, the Prime Minister of Grenada, and the Royal Grenada Police Force to demonstrate that all Grenadian lives are valued and protected by allocating all the necessary resources to thoroughly investigate the murder of Josiah Robinson.

His family, loved ones, and the LGBTQ+ community deserve transparency. The Government of Grenada and its Law Enforcement are failing Robinson, his mother, Lyndra, his brother, and all who deeply loved Jonty – all grieving in solidarity and separately seeking answers.

Far too often, Caribbean LGBTQ+ people in the region who are survivors of hate crimes are revictimised by local law enforcement officers, who typically will not investigate due to anti-LGBQ+ sentiment and transphobia.

Police extortion of LGBTQ+ individuals is common, and the police are known to encourage violence against LGBTQ+ people, including urging inmates to rape LGBTQ+ individuals in custody.

Despite incredible progress in the Caribbean, societal discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals remains widespread, forcing community members into isolation, homelessness, family separation, and displacement, including dangerous migration journeys for survival.

The multi-decade-old West Indian Day Parade is the largest convening of Caribbean people and celebration of Caribbean culture in New York City.

Since 2015, Caribbean Equality Project has participated in the parade to continue advocating for Caribbean LGBTQ+ immigrants.

This year, the organisation mobilised its partners and community members to continue highlighting the intersections of harm and violence that impact Caribbean LGBTQ+ immigrants in NYC and throughout the Caribbean region.

CALL TO ACTION: Please email Mr. Edvin Martin, Commissioner of Police of the Royal Grenada Police Force based in Saint George’s, Grenada, at and to demand action, accountability, and Justice for Josiah Robinson.

If you are satisfied with the information provided by The New Today to our many readers, followers and supporters around the world, then you can show your appreciation by making a financial contribution to the effort of our team of dedicated workers.

Giving back is a way of saying thank you for our efforts

Support The New Today