Man Arrested After Altercation Over Kite Flying

December 19, 2018

Two neighbours — a 26-year-old man and a 38-year-old man — had an altercation “over the flying of a kite” with the younger man receiving a “stab wound to his shoulder” and the older man being arrested after “brandishing a bladed article,” the police have confirmed.

A police spokesperson said, “Around 2:30pm Tuesday, December 18th police officers were dispatched to a reported assault in the Spanish Point, Pembroke area.

“It appears that a 26-year-old Pembroke man and a 38-year-old Pembroke man [neighbours] had an altercation on a path between Stovell Bay Road and North Cote West over the flying of a kite, with the older man brandishing a bladed article.

“The 26-year-old sustained a stab wound to his shoulder. However, the injury was superficial and he declined medical treatment.

“The 38-year-old was subsequently arrested in connection with the incident.

“Inquiries continue and any witnesses that have not already come forward are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744.”

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  1. Mark says:

    Should have used the knife to cut the string.

  2. aceboy says:

    But I read all the kite flyers saying that people in their neighborhood loved the buzzing from their kites and it was just foreigners who didn’t.

    Apparently loud kites any time of the year is a cultural thing in some minds and that to prevent them violates their rights.


    • Pisces says:

      Bermudians know full well the difference between a hummer and a screamer. The latter is annoying as heck.

    • mixitup says:

      I’m full fledge Bermudian and I get very annoyed at the sound of Loud Kites anytime outside of Easter…I don’t think it’s at the point of pulling a knife though…

  3. just wondering says:

    I live in the Spanish point/Admiralty park area – I have no problem with people flying kites BUT WHY DO THAY HAVE TO HAVE THOSE BUZZERS ON THEM ??? They are up there for hours and hours and so noisy we have to close the windows so the noise is less unpleasant. Why cant people just be a little considerate of others?

    • Jas says:

      Why can’t they just fly them for the month of Good Friday instead of all year round. It is annoying coming home after a long day hearing a loud sound like that. People have no consideration.

    • huh? says:

      Because in Bermuda a large group of people have no concept of the idea of being considerate to others.

    • Going Green says:

      Back in the day…when you flew a kite outside of the traditional season was a way of telling people that your local “greens” supplier had inventory available for sale. Is that still a thing? Not saying it is the case here…just curious.

      • Anonymous says:

        That must have been a signal that was used before my time. I thought the shoes draped over the power lines was another signal?

  4. Izzypop says:

    I live collectors hill
    Two were up last week
    Flying high and buzzing
    Loved it
    Loved to see Bermuda tradition

    • wahoo says:

      The tradition is to fly kites around Easter and particularly on Good Friday what is going on now is stupid. Grown men putting up kites all day everyday is nothing more than inconsiderate and anti social. People will continue to confront them because they are at their breaking points and get no response from police.

    • Shaquan says:

      You are stupid

  5. Hatechakites says:

    Too bad this didnt happen at Astwood park. Would be nice if those kites stopped flying.

  6. Jason says:

    New this would happen one day. Hope the guy stops flying them for a while. I am tied of the kite flying over my house on my day off. I Cannot even sit on my porch with guess to have a beer and talk. We all know who it is and he is a fool Kite Camp.
    Spanish Point

  7. Hatechakites says:

    If he stops flying his kite, maybe this method should be tried at other locations? Police do nothing but give YOU attitude when you call. Even hang up.

    • DUH says:

      I always have kites above my home humming away. I am 56. So used to it that I don’t even hear them. LOL People can fly their kites what ever time of the year they D well please. Get over yourselves. And don’t say I don’t understand because I do. Outside my job and up above my home. Who Cares. and Yes the Police would get mad. they have Important things to do then listen to YSAP complaining about stupid stuff.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        You’re at the age where your hearing is probably declining . Get it checked.
        I can assure you that a whining kite over your house and out of hearing range of the person who it belongs to will drive you nuts.

      • Huh? says:

        You sound about as considerate as many people I come across.

  8. Lol says:

    I love a good hummer but can’t stand the noise those loud kites make!

  9. BobtheBuilder says:

    I love the sound. Don’t even notice it after a while. Kind of like whistling frogs and crickets. Got a cricket right outside my window where I sleep nights. I doubt we would ask the Gov. to spray for all the frogs and crickets cause they are disturbing our sleep. Foreigners say they are loud. In the end its just a kite buzzing. Bermy tradition. Love it or hate it….DEAL WITH IT.

    • lol says:

      Those are natural noises.

    • wahoo says:

      What is the last thing you built? As for kites I hate them at Easter they are a tradition that it. p.s. you and the tree frogs are foreign so deal with that.

    • Scott says:

      …he did deal with it.. just not in a way that society prefers.

    • PBanks says:

      One resident indeed chose to deal with it… which led to this situation.

      And as mentioned elsewhere, big difference between natural night sounds and artificial ones like a loud hummer on a kite that may be pleasant to some but worse than a mosquito to others.

    • aceboy says:

      So if I found something you didn’t like the sound of (but I did) and blasted it night and day right outside your house I could just say “Deal with it” because I happen to like it? Then I can say “It is my tradition” as well…

  10. random mon says:

    These ppl that fly the kites dont even hear the humming, they set the line out so long that its far away from them and above other ppls houses. I cant even sit in my living room with the window open, because its legit screaming.

  11. Joe says:

    Come get the one over Happy Valley Road next, please!

  12. lizard says:

    Kite flying other than Easter means “the drugs have arrived”.

    • Trufth says:

      Exactly. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one who knew what these kites meant.

      To all those who LOVE or HATE the kites that always fly near your house: NEWSFLASH, YOU ALL LIVE NEXT DOOR TO A DRUG DEALER!

      I must say though, this article in the paper is a much better advertisement for the arrival of the drugs that the actual kite. That’s just good marketing right there!

      • Going Green says:

        I was just asking the same question in earlier post. Thats what it meant back in the day.

        Police…neighbours. Listen up . Follow the kite line to the house where drugs are being sold.

      • wahoo says:

        Maybe it once did but not now (people have cell phones for that) if you watch these guys there are drugs being sold. If it was that simple the cops would be happy.

      • sugra says:

        Because in this age of digital mobility… kites are naturally the preferred way to communicate.

        Other options your enterprising drug dealer might consider:

        Smoke Signals
        Carrier Pigeon

        What a silly myth!

    • Avg Bda Male says:

      LOL you are dumb.

  13. Rocky5 says:

    This xenophobia shown here is shocking, but not surprising given Bermuda’s horrific slavery legacy.

    • Going Green says:

      LOL. Xenophobia? Really? Wow.

    • Smashdekites says:

      Right…..cause even black bermudians like myself cant be annoyed when it is baby’s nap time and ya have to shut the windows because the humming is so loud. Get a grip and realize it’s annoying AF regardless of your color. Sick and tired of it being an expat thing….it’s not. It’s so rude and disrespectful regardless of color. No one enjoys it but the one guy doing it. Half the time he isnt even THERE. Get a grip. When you’re stuck home with a baby it’s annoying AF.

    • Mark says:

      Go fly a kite.

  14. puzzled says:

    Minister of Security should address this. This is a National emergency.

    Waste Management should get involved. Probably Tynes Bay sell paper to the Spanish Kite Gang.

    More fly by droppings………

  15. Outkasted says:

    Flying of kites eh…me thinks there maybe more to this..

    • ponddog says:

      There is. Apparently all these kite flyers are doing this in support of same sex marriage.

  16. Lady B says:

    I knew before fully reading that this had to be out my area. That particular kite was a screamer, more high pitched than usual. Not surprised it came to that.

    • Lady P says:

      I know what you mean Lady B . So annoying !!!
      Police has been called numerous times and nothing gets done

  17. Smashdekites says:

    So like update us…is he flying it again today?? Did the stabbing work???

  18. Time Shall Tell says:

    I think there’s a bit more that isn’t being told to this story.

  19. Real Deal says:

    Flying Kites is very relaxing pass time for many. just like fishing, drinking or RC car boat aircraft. Its the idea of something so low tech with the ability to take to the sky. traditionally to have anything to do with they sky you have to have money. a kite is cheep enjoyment.

    I remember when i was away in school teaching class mates about kites nice feeling to see them so amazed over something so simple.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      You went to school overseas and didn’t learn the difference between ‘pass time’ and ‘Pastimes’ , ‘cheep and cheap’ or appropriate use of capitalization ? No wonder you have the view you do .

      • Real Deal says:

        and what view is that?

      • Scott says:

        No need for that. It’s rather weak to attack spelling and ignore what’s actually said.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          What was said , in a most illiterate way , was that he was fine with thoughtless behavior. My last sentence covered that .
          If you haven’t noticed yet, over the last few years it’s become obvious that local websites have been overwhelmed with people who are unquestionably poorly educated . It’s becoming increasingly harder to tell the difference between a statement and a question and a simple spelling or grammatical error can make a post meaningless or have a dozen different meanings.
          Is it clear enough to say that ignorant people are more than likely to have anti-social viewpoints ? I’ve been around long enough to know the answer to that question .

        • aceboy says:

          I enjoy flying kites too. What I don’t do is to attach irritating noise makers to them knowing full well it will annoy the cr@p out of a number of the people who live around me.

          What about the rights of students trying to study, babies trying to sleep, and just regular people trying to enjoy a peaceful evening?

          Fly kites all day all night, I am totally cool with that. Put hummer and screamers on them and this kind of thing will happen. Constant irritating noise is a form of torture to some.

    • Huh? says:

      Fishing, drinking and RC aircraft aren’t 24 hours a day annoying noise.
      Only an inconsiderate idiot would fail to see the difference. Unfortunately Bermuda is full of them.

      • Real Deal says:

        i beg to differ.

        • huh? says:

          Weak answer. When you boil it down, you can’t answer.

          • Real Deal says:

            i wont got back and forward with you when you point is subjective.i notice you removed RC car boat.
            any who. people flying kites don’t kill people however idle hands can and have

            • Huh? says:

              It isn’t subjective. None of those activities, including RC boats, involve 24 hour noise for days on end. Are you deliberately avoiding the point, or are you just a moron?

        • PBanks says:

          There are restrictions around where and when RC boats can operate, and if such a boat was too loud, a complaint would be lodged.

  20. Oh, i see now says:

    I don’t have a problem with kites at any time of the year even those with a good hum.We call them hummer kites not screamer kites for a reason Bermuda.

  21. Thanks says:

    The noise is so that an innefectual can have a say one day a year …only…even so if you have a headache from it you can file a complaint for medical reasons.
    Honestly it is for children to make noise.
    I prefer the chinese and Japonese kites you see at Astwood cove…they waft nicely.

  22. grump says:

    When a kite becomes an annoyance it becomes an offence to fly it. If the police enforced this law (section 18a Summary Offences Act 1926) this stabbing could have been avoided.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Man, the comment section is the best part of these stories. Also people like the two involved in this “altercation” need to be kept on a leash.