Tour guide charged in Gardens murder
From the Courts
July 1, 2005
Tour guide charged in Gardens murder

A Tour Guide of New Montrose has been arrested and charged for the murder of a fellow Tour Guide.

On Wednesday, June 29, St.Clair “Bakes” Badnock a 45-year-old employee of the Botanic Gardens appeared before Senior Magistrate Carl Joseph at the Kingstown Magistrate Court for the murder of 53-year-old Andy Cyrus of Lodge Village, a co-worker. {{more}}

The charge against Badnock stemmed from an incident, which occurred at Old Montrose on Saturday, June 25.

A press release from the Royal St.Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force states that it is alleged that following a dispute between Badnock and Cyrus, the deceased was knocked unconscious after receiving a box to the face. He died in the wee hours of last Monday morning at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

Andy’s bereaved sister Sharon Cyrus, standing outside the courtroom, disclosed that she was informed the incident was related to a Tour Guide’s badge that was awarded to her brother.

She told SEARCHLIGHT that reflecting on the death of her brother makes her very sad.

“I feel very sad because he was my first brother and he was very good to me,” said Sharon.

She said Andy had three children.

Omega Cyrus, the mother of the deceased, said she feels very badly about the death of her first son.

She said she felt Andy would not have made it after he remained in a coma after his admittance.

“It was really shocking to me when I heard the news,” said Tyrone Cyrus, Andy’s brother.

Tyrone remembers his brother as a cool individual who would only communicate in a jovial manner with persons whom he had established relations with.

“He never get himself into trouble. For he to communicate with you, he have to know you,” said Tyrone.

Senior Magistrate Joseph remanded Badnock and ordered that he return to court on Tuesday, August 9.

A postmortem conducted on Andy’s body revealed that he died from a fractured skull.