Investigation: Threatening Behaviour Complaint

December 8, 2014

The police have confirmed that an investigation into a complaint of threatening behaviour has commenced as a result of an incident that took place on Friday night [Dec 5] in the House of Assembly. This follows after a heated session which saw Speaker of the House Randy Horton shut the House down at around 10.00pm.

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Police Statement

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that an investigation into a complaint of Threatening Behaviour has commenced as a result of an incident that took place on Friday night December 5th in the House of Assembly. As the investigation is in its infancy, no further information will be given at this juncture.”

PLP Statement

A PLP spokesperson said, “‎Following events that occurred after yesterday’s sitting of the House of Assembly, MP Zane DeSilva has filed a complaint for threatening behaviour with the Bermuda Police Service. No further comment will be forthcoming from the PLP as this matter currently lies with the the Police.”

OBA Statement

An OBA spokesperson said, “Friday’s sitting of the House of Assembly was brought into disrepute once again by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Marc Bean.

“Mr. Bean made an off-microphone sexually derogatory remark about the wife of a One Bermuda Alliance MP who was sitting in the Visitor’s Gallery.

“Outside the building, after the House sitting was ended, words were exchanged. We have since learned that MP Zane DeSilva filed a complaint with Police about that incident, and on that point we note only that the on-duty Police officer who was present did not intervene.

“Mr. Bean’s inflammatory words distracted from what was a very productive day during which legislation allowing for the use of cannabis-derived medicines was passed, progress at Morgan’s Point was announced, the economic impact of the America’s Cup was outlined and Government, after amending a Bill put forward by MP Walton Brown, voted to give the Premier of Bermuda the authority to appoint a Commission of Inquiry.

“Mr. Bean’s outrageous words during Friday’s sitting are part of a pattern of disturbing behaviour that has made it difficult for goodwill to be the currency of the legislature. We also note that Friday’s incident was the second time in recent weeks that Mr. Bean has directed derogatory words toward a woman.

“For the sake of upholding standards of decency and decorum in our public life, we urge members of the Opposition to speak with their leader about maintaining standards of behaviour that befit his important responsibility as Leader of the Opposition and as a role model for all Bermudians.”

Unofficial Reports

Unofficial reports conflict, depending on who one is speaking with, however unofficial reports from ‘both sides’ seem to agree that the threatening behaviour is alleged to be a ‘throat slitting gesture’, that the MPs wife referenced was Sylvan Richards wife, and that the situation was extremely heated. However, unofficial reports do conflict on who actually made the gesture and what Marc Bean allegedly said.

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Surely the BPS have more productive things to do with their time.

    • Y-Gurl says:

      Being on duty at the house is “their productive time” MP Zane DeSilva filed a complaint with Police about that incident, and on that point we note only that the on-duty Police officer who was present did not intervene….

  2. Somerset Girl says:

    Marc Bean AGAIN!!!!!!! Really!!!! He just had to turn a positive HOA experience into a negative. AND NO, I AM NOT BUYING IT THAT THE OBA started this to make him look bad AGAIN!!!!! If this is truly the case, why did he not just simply WALK AWAY. WALK AWAY!!!!! BE A LEADER AND WALK AWAY!!!!!

    • Bermudians and outside investors now have a Govt. that’s for the betterment of all and not a Govt. lead by an individual who had been “a small fish in a large ocean” while being a U.S.A. citizen. He’d chose to return to Bermuda along with his “gift of gab” came the crap that did over a short period of time permit him to become, “a big fish in a small pond”…”We had to deceive / lie to you.” Don’t ever forget them words u’lot.

    • animallover says:

      You are a smart Somerset Girl.

    • frank says:

      the speaker needs to enforce the rules of the house or step down

  3. agatha christie says:

    We have another murder and some of our MPs choose to behave like this. the America’s Cup people must be wondering what they have done …. seriously just start behaving.

    • sebring says:

      New tee shirt tourism tag line for the forgotten
      “i survived a Bermuda moped”

      tee shirts will read “”"”

      I could have gone to India and right below it !
      Bermuda 2014″”"”"

  4. Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

    You know, that throat slitting gesture can also mean ‘that’s enough. knock it off. shut up.’ Depends on context.

  5. Better for All says:

    Zane is no better. Why was Zane, of all people right now, demanding that Shawn Crockwell resign the week after the biggest event in tourism was announced. Why? DEFLECT DEFLECT DEFLECT

    • Unbelievable says:

      The PLP haven’t even made an official announcement about the America’s Cup….that just goes to show how much they are “on side”.

      And no..the quick statement Marc Bean made on ZBM doesn’t count.

  6. Jo Blo says:

    So embarassing. Cant be surprised though. Its not like the islands best and brightest tend to make their way into local politics…

    • A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
      The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be. -Louis de Bernieres, novelist (b. 1954)

      • Jo Blo says:

        Unfortunately kindness has never been a successful strategy in Bermuda politics.

  7. Coffee says:

    Would never guessed that sylvan had thin skin !

  8. Sky Pilot says:

    bean and zane should both be thrown out

    • Coffee says:

      Nope …. Should be Cannonier , Pettingill and Crockwell …. OBA supports bad behavior !

    • Sparky says:

      Please keep both Bean and Zane. Bermuda is so much better off with both of them in perpetual opposition.

  9. Vhovho says:

    Sunday picnic politics.

  10. Van Martin says:

    There should be a sign outside the House of Assembly that Reads “POLITICIANS: Please scrape the s*** off your boots before entering.”