Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Former deputy commissioner Whittaker dies

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Former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Keith Whittaker, 86, has died.

He spent 42 years in the Royal Barbados Police Force, joining when he was 18 and retiring in 1992.

The respected lawman was connected to a number of prominent cases, including that of Britain’s Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs, whose fleet footedness landed him in Barbados in March 1981.

Whittaker also escaped with his life when dangerous fugitive Simeon “Buddy” Brathwaite launched dynamite at police in the 1970s. His other cases included the Christmas Eve murder of a priest’s wife. 

Following his retirement from the rough and tumble of the force, Whittaker served on the Police Service Commission from 2009 to 2019.

He would have celebrated his 87th birthday next month.  (AC)

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