Bajan chef shot dead

(Barbados Nation) Thirty-three-year-old Kari Cumberbatch, a line chef at the upscale CinCin By The Sea Restaurant at Prospect, St James, was gunned down Wednesday morning in the restaurant’s car park while dropping off his girlfriend to work. Reports indicate that Cumberbatch, who was involved in a relationship with lunch manager Alviena Powers, was shot in the head by a man, who also threatened a staff member with the gun and dragged Powers out of the restaurant.

Powers was on Wednesday being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a wound to the head and was expected to be discharged.

An employee at the restaurant told the DAILY?NATION that Cumberbatch was dropping Powers off to work around 10 a.m. when they were approached by a man as soon as he parked his car. “One of the workers heard a commotion outside and went out there and told him ‘why you don’t leave them alone’; he pointed the gun at him and told him ‘if you know what is good for you, you will step back’.”

The woman said the employee ran back into the restaurant and alerted the other staff members about what had taken place.

“We all ran upstairs and Alviena ran into the restaurant screaming with the man behind her. I understand that he pointed the gun at her but it did not go off. He then locked off her neck, dragged her outside and took her away in a car.”

The employee said that on Wednesday the same man had been on the compound “harassing” Powers.

Family members of the deceased soon gathered at the scene and broke down at the sight of his body slumped over in the small red car, the seat belt still on.

Father Wayne Cumberbatch, a former police scenes-of-crime officer, could not hold back the tears as he spoke about his son who resided at their home at Fairview Heights, St George.

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