A Barbadian photojournalist was murdered when he was sent to a location where a murder had already been committed. Distraught media workers and stunned police officers converged on Bishop’s Court Hill following the slaying of Nation Newspaper photojournalist Christoff Griffith last Monday.
Griffith, 25, of Brittons Hill, St Michael, was killed by an assailant while reporting on the death of Glenroy James, 51, on the grounds of the heavily wooded Bishop’s Court, the derelict former residence of the Anglican Church bishop.
James was cleaning up the property when he was allegedly attacked by a vagrant who reportedly slept in the abandoned building. The Nation photographer subsequently responded to the report of a body at the abandoned building unaware that the suspect was still at that location. When he arrived, he was confronted by the man who cornered him and reportedly chopped him about his body.
Griffith was the son of Police Sergeant Christopher Griffith who responded to the report not knowing that one of the victims was his son. The officer had to be taken from the scene by some of his colleagues.
The photographer, after finishing school at Deighton Griffith Secondary, first joined Barbados Today before moving on the Nation Newspaper.
Shocked colleagues gathered at the scene comforted and consoled each other. Still reeling in disbelief was veteran Nation photographer Sandy Pitt who said she could not help but to think that “it could have been me”.
“Christ-off was a cool, humble guy and had a bright future ahead of him. I want to send my condolences to his family and the entire Police and media fraternity,” Pitt said.