'I got to get peace'
-Jean Bacchus says tormented over property
Stabroek News
July 10, 2004

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Widowed at the start of the year after the murder of her husband, Shafeek Bacchus, Jean Bacchus is now being tormented over property she says she worked most of her life to build.

"This is unreasonable... I got to get peace... I got to get justice or something...," she said yesterday, the morning after a bottle was lobbed into her yard by a relative.

This was the second such attack in a week at Lot 76 Princes Street, where her husband was killed in a drive-by shooting on January 5.

Her brother-in-law, death-squad informant George Bacchus, who was believed to have been the real target of the January drive-by execution, was also murdered last month, as he slept in his bed in an apartment on the property.

Early Tuesday night, bottles were mysteriously hurled at the four-storey house where the woman had lived with her husband.

Only one bottle was thrown during the attack on Thursday night, but witnesses managed to identify the perpetrator as one of the widowed woman's relatives who once lived at the house.

The gateway to the property was locked and the man demanded the keys to enter the property.

The man, who was held during the recent investigations into the murder of the self-confessed informant, was identified by handymen who saw him throw the bottle before he quickly sped away on a bike.

There were still shards of glass visible at the scene, which the occupants said at the time was still to be visited by the police.

Bacchus said minutes after the incident, a relative contacted the East La Penitence Police Station, but officers instructed him to make a report in person.

Hoping for a response, she said, he rang the Tactical Services Unit, but was referred to the Impact Patrol Base.

There, he was told he needed to visit to report the incident. He called 911 and was promised that a patrol would be sent, but it was still to visit up to yesterday.

"I don't know what to say about the police... We are not safe here and if I got to pay for police protection, I am willing to pay," she said, fearful too that there could be attempts to harm her cattle and sheep which are housed on the property.

The woman said the relative had demanded a stake in the property which she said she had worked, almost single-handedly, to build and which bears her name. She said she had also purchased most of the livestock as well.

"I must get peace. I never went on TV talking anything like my brother-in-law. I never gang up with anybody; like he and my husband never gang up on anybody either... [Now] I just want to be left alone," Bacchus said.