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Deadly love triangle

By CECILY ASSON Tuesday, June 17 2014

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SAD RELATIVES: Two relatives of murdered prison officer Dominic Bernard, stand outside the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday. Bernard was ...
SAD RELATIVES: Two relatives of murdered prison officer Dominic Bernard, stand outside the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday. Bernard was ...

A LOVE triangle involving two male prisons officers and a female prisons officer had a deadly ending when one officer stabbed the other to death, following a heated argument over the affections of the female officer.

Dominic Allan Bernard, 37, of Jack Street, Marabella and a 23-year-old male recruit got into a heated argument at the Plaisance Park, Pointe-a-Pierre apartment home of the female prison officer on Sunday night.

It was reported that Bernard angrily wanted to know why the recruit was at the female prisons officer’s home. A fight soon broke out with the recruit stabbing Bernard repeatedly. A report was made to police and when officers arrived at the scene, Bernard was already dead. The recruit subsequently surrendered at the St Margaret’s Police Station.

An autopsy done yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James revealed Bernard, who was pursuing a law degree, was stabbed twice with a stab to his heart causing his death by shock and massive haemorrhaging.

Relatives yesterday said Bernard was a divorcee and he had been in a relationship for several years with the female prison officer who they added was the reason for Bernard being divorced.

According to a police report, at about 9.30 pm on Sunday, Bernard went to the Petra Avenue, Plaisance Park, Pointe-a-Pierre apartment home to visit his girlfriend, when he met the prison recruit in her apartment.

An argument ensued and a fight later broke out between the two men. Police said during the struggle, Bernard was stabbed twice. He collapsed and died on the spot. The suspect later walked into the St Margaret’s Police Station where he gave himself up.

Visiting the scene on Sunday night were Supt Zamsheed Mohammed, Insp Ramkhelawan, Sgt McIntosh and officers of the Southern Homicide Division and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI).

A weeping Patricia Bernard, 60, said she only received news of the death of her son yesterday morning almost nine hours after it happened. The woman said her son’s death had left a void in her life which she said will never be filled.

Another relative, Suzette Bernard, 45, said no one ever expected her only brother to die under such violent circumstances. “My brother was not a violent person and that is why his violent death has shocked us,” Suzette cried.

“The type of individual he is, no one was expecting that to ever happen to him. My brother was studying to become a lawyer and I think he was almost there.”

Suzette explained that Sunday night was like any other night when he told his mother he was going out. She said: “He never spoke much, he kept to himself, he was a gym buff, a real home person who was quiet and focused on realising his dream of becoming a lawyer.”

As the last of the three siblings and only son, her mother was looking forward to him giving her a grandchild.

“And that is because my sister and I have children and grandchildren and she was waiting on him to get one,” she further said.”

She said the family knew very little about his girlfriend although they were aware of his long time relationship with her.

PC Greene-Thompson of the St Margaret’s Police Station is continuing investigations.

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