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Diamond Estate man wounds wife & step-daughter with machete

September 23rd, 2022 | Tags: Esworth Barnwell wounding charged machete RVIPF arrested
Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department charged a man on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, with the wounding of his wife and stepdaughter. Allegations are the man attacked them with a machete (not actual one used). Photo:
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department charged a man on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, with the wounding of his wife and stepdaughter.

Esworth Barnwell, 35, of Diamond Estate is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm; assault occasioning actual bodily harm and being armed with an offensive weapon.

According to a press release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), initial investigations indicate that Monday evening, September 19, 2022, the accused attacked members of his family with a machete following an argument at the family home.

Both the wife and stepdaughter were taken to the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital.

Police said the stepdaughter is in serious but stable condition while the wife was treated and released. Two minor children who were also in the home were unharmed.

Barnwell is to appear before the Magistrate’s Court at the next available sitting.

37 Responses to “Diamond Estate man wounds wife & step-daughter with machete”

  • Disgusting (23/09/2022, 07:26) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply

    This man should be dragged out back and b**** to d*****

    • the rock (23/09/2022, 09:23) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
      It's time we put visa applications for st Vincent and Dominica nationals, period, tired of hearing about this evil mentality!
      • THE KOCK (23/09/2022, 16:20) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
        @ the rock

        Well thanks for that we will accept the visa application, while you all gun down one another is the streets. With no regards for human life and your animalistic behavior.
        • hmmm (23/09/2022, 22:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Ya’ll why 6 dislikes?? Bvi ppl do gun down each! Right now we are the hot spot for drug trafficking!!!! N you want talk about other Nationalities? When the us decides they dont want deal with ya’ll nonsense and ban BVI all together what will you say?
        • @The Kock (24/09/2022, 10:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Shut your A** because I’m sure where you come from it’s worst ,can’t even carry a regular crossbody bag!!!sooo yea keep off our little place ain’t no place like where you come from have more murders and thieves and rapist
      • @ the rock (23/09/2022, 22:42) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        My dear not all Vincy n Dominica are bad!!!!!!!!!!…… nonsense
        • Really? (24/09/2022, 19:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          We only can comment on what you all show us, so take some responsibility. If the ones that are coming here keep violating, then what must locals think? Do you think pointing out our ills justifies your behavior?? Only Dominicans and Vincentians have the power to change the view people have of them here in the BVI or anywhere else.
    • NezRez (23/09/2022, 19:39) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is definitely attempted murder. The use of a machete is solely to chop, kill, and destroy. Put his sorry behind under the prison. He deserves the worst beatings in prison too. Cutting someone's skin is the worst thing you can do to a person, other than setting them on fire. He needs to feel the same pain he inflicted on them.
  • HMMM (23/09/2022, 08:03) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
    Stripes. These vincy men with machette.
    • the rock (23/09/2022, 09:26) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      You all.go.on fscebook to see the evil doer!
    • Citizen (23/09/2022, 09:32) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
      Send back home all those that are here not working and are not making any contributions, just sat idle on the side. East End needs a clean sweep, then again we do not have any representative. East End is just in a deplorable state.
      • Hmm (23/09/2022, 10:26) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
        and what will they do with locals who making a lot and not making any contributions that u talking about??
  • Bw (23/09/2022, 08:08) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Barnwell...says a lot. Best wishes to the lady and her daughter. Pray for a swift recovery both physical and mentally.
    • To Bw (23/09/2022, 09:20) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree. They need to post his pic. And he's 35 and don't know how to control himself SMH
  • testing 123 (23/09/2022, 09:23) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    he probably got some disturbing news
    a very foolish move he needs a proper cut- a&&
  • Listen (23/09/2022, 09:26) Like (9) Dislike (32) Reply
    everyone always ready to jump or vincy this and that. something aint right here this guy is always helpful and always on jokes time i would know cause we work together.

    He is not a bad person but what ever lead him to do this have to be bad. i never see this man lose his cool but im not saying what he did was right but it have to have more to this story for him to do something like that towards his family who i know he loves.
    • @listen (23/09/2022, 13:58) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you realise that often there's a difference between the person you see in public and the person at home? I'm not saying that it's necessarily so in this case, but a lot of abusers are "very nice" to the people who don't live with them.
    • OK Then (23/09/2022, 14:57) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      This is what I am talking about. I bet you from st. vincent to. How can anyone justify violence? Culturally, this is not acceptable here. Go back home with that behavior and that rationale about something had to drive him to it. Yes, virgin islanders have their issues, in their own homes; we will sort that out. We do not need to import trouble.
    • @listen (23/09/2022, 17:12) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      There is no excuse for that type of behavior, ever! Whether a good person otherwise. Men don’t have respect for women and feel they can ill-treat them whenever and however they want. It has to stop!!
      He needs to be severely dealt with. What would we be saying if he had actually killed one or both of them?
    • NezRez (23/09/2022, 19:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Listen. There is no way in hell this is love! Stop being so stupid, Would you do that to someone you love???? To say you know he loves his family is just INSANE! Do you know what is going through his mind or what is actually happening behind closed doors? NO, YOU DON'T!
    • cut and paste (23/09/2022, 19:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      LOVE! When u love people u does take away them pain not give them pain. Ask Jesus!
    • @listen (24/09/2022, 19:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you REALLY think this is the first time this man has put his hands on this woman? Lol. Domestic violence abusers are good at selling everyone the 'I am a good guy'. They are calculative and manipulative. They are all about controlling every aspect of their partners life. Where they work, what they wear, who their friends are, etc. Trust me. There is a monster under that cool guy exterior. Sometimes fear keeps the woman there, especially if he has broken her down emotionally to think that she can't do it without him. He picked up that machete because he felt he was losing control of her. And if she is not careful he will begin to tell her it was her fault for not listening. How many of us call the cops or knock on the door when we hear a domestic violence dispute next door? Not many of us do. My God some landlords live in the building and don't intervene. The one neighbour who does intervene gets labelled as being nosy, and a trouble maker. When I was a child the men in the village were the ones who would deal with a man who thought it best to beat his wife. From the pastor to the school not even the law seems to have an affect.
  • Have Mercy (23/09/2022, 10:00) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    You sound so foolish. Never put your head on the block for anyone. He may be cool in your eyes but he is a would be murderer.
    • exactly. (23/09/2022, 14:27) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply

      Some men are good pretenders in the public and devils in the home. There is no justification to use a machete on either his wife or her child. Use the same machete on his @$$ let us see how he likes it.

    • @Have Mercy (23/09/2022, 15:00) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      some tie people have a breaking point let hear what the news have to say before we jump. yes he wrong but as i say some person have an breaking point
  • Word to the Wise (23/09/2022, 10:52) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    She better give thanks to the Father in Heaven that her life was speared.
    She will be a FOOL to still have a relationship with this Idiot. She shouldn’t even take a bottle of water for him while he’s in Prison.
    Girl, I don’t know who u are but for God Sake get your Divorce ASAP and have nothing absolutely to do with this No Good, Evil, Devil.
    If you go back the next time he will definitely take your LIFE. You know them Vincentian Men love Machete and them Poison KoolAid so why would you get involve with one for? Get out and run as fast as you can.
  • Common Sense (23/09/2022, 11:52) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    You sound like a real idiot. Did you live with this
    St. Vincent fool? Not becuz u work with him means u know everything about him. He cannot be a good person to did what he did.
    That woman knew this fool becuz she lived with him and this was probably not his first ignorant behavior towards her & her kids so she had a reason to leave him before this had happened.
    Instead she choose to stay and put your kids lives in danger.
    Everything is Machete and Poison for them fools. Stop putting your hands in the fire for others becuz they will get burn.
  • Real Macoy (23/09/2022, 15:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he love his family he would not attempt to murder them, regardless to what may have transpired.
    He is crazy bro.
    It just finally came out of him.
  • @ OK THEN (23/09/2022, 15:40) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    • My Mama advice from young (23/09/2022, 20:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Leave women and their kids alone.. Women will always put their kids first and before you everytime, even though you are the bread winner providing for them, you will be like a boy in tbe house, leave them alone. Thank yoh ma. I listened. My life is good.
    • @ @OK THEN (24/09/2022, 19:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      No one expects anyone to be holy. We expect that guests to these shores to BEHAVE. The man chopped an innocent child!! Regardless of what WE have going on here as locals there is no justification for that. While how some of those gunned down in the streets was cruel and wrong, all were not innocent. Karma is a bad mama!! Now you tell me what that child did to him to deserve to be scarred like that? Not to memtion the emotional scars that will follow FOREVER. Let me tell never get rid of the emotional scars. Sleeping is a nightmare. Being alone is a nightmare. You always are looking over your back, scared out of your mind. All people are asking for is that he be sent home. Back to the place that is responsible for who he is. If it were your child, and the woman your sister, or mother, would you think differently???
  • Idiots them be.... (23/09/2022, 17:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    No woman should go with them st Vincent man....Vincy men are a special breed of woman need to be with them...period..
  • Who am i to judge? (23/09/2022, 20:22) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all here bashing and judging who are you to judge?
    Yes you may work with him see that side of him but who are you to judge that its not his first offense? Who are you to judge? Only God the family and the man know what was taking place before and during everything.. So all who here being judgemental God alone knows who the rightful victim is.. We keep pointing fingers jamaican, Vincentian, trinidadian, dominician,tolan. we are from different nation but we all have our ways who use machete who use guns who use poison. None of us is better than the other.. So who are we to point fingers?
    The virgin islanders here bashing other nation when they them self don't have mercy on their own.. You think gunning down ur enemy any different than using a machete or drinking poison. All is the same sin but just mean according to justice They carry different time span in jail.
    We are so quick to judge one another. But the ones judging are no different..
    No united so what u expect will happen.. Ppl will forever perish..
    So we here judging each other ,pointing fingers when ur nations is no different than any other nation. We all have killers( but they kill In different ways) we all have thieves, robbers, rapers, drug Lords u name it we are no different from each other..
    • @who am i to judge (24/09/2022, 20:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are very right, but YOU are missing the point. In a time like this when expats have to fight for relevancy in THIS country, we DO NOT need any negative publicity. The life of an expat in the BVI is a HARD one, and the few of us that go to work(if we lucky to have a job), pay our taxes, pay our NHI, look after our children and follow the laws regardless of how we may feel about them, ARE TIRED of our the rest of you doing whatever, whenever you want! This makes ALL of us expats look bad. It also makes it hard for others who may want the chance to come and make a life here. Some expats are an embarassment to their nation. From the way they dress on the streets in the BVI, to their conduct. I dont care what the tolians are doing! We expats used to have a higher standard of self and life and we have lost it. Some of us our parents would be ashamed because they did not raise us like this. STOP pointing to what the tolians doing, you know better, then you do better. Two left shoes can not carry you. If tolians misbehave they will STILL be here. If an expat misbehave they face deportation. That is years of slaving in a system that does not favor you down the drain. What legacy is that for us? EXPATS STOP IT!
  • Proper Screening (24/09/2022, 11:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do we even screen these people before we let them in here? Go back and check some of them records after the fact and see what we are really dealing with. Please publish after your research.
  • Really? (24/09/2022, 19:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am sick of these cases popping up every now and then. These people are polluting our culture and driving up our crimes rates. Its time the government put their foot down on ALL of them. Let them take their nastiness back to their homeland. As a guest in another man's land you should know how to behave. We have so much going on in the country right now that needs immediate attention, and this fool thought it best to chop up his family. Don't waste our tax money feeding his a$$ in jail, use it to fix a pothole, and SEND HIM HOME!!
  • John bwoy (25/09/2022, 14:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now no body can tell me these Vincy F***ers
    Ain’t crazy. Dem St. Vincent people is mad, sick,
    Head no good CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!

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