Antiguan police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of Capt. Drew Gollan, of the sailing yacht Perseus.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, Gollan was killed on January 23 while walking near English Harbour with his girlfriend and their young daughter. In an interview his girlfriend granted to an Australian media outlet, she explained that an armed, would-be mugger tried to grab her purse, and Gollan struggled with him. The gun went off, shooting her in the foot, and the gunman took off. Gollan ran after him, at which point he was shot in the chest a few times. Attempts to revive him were not successful.
While police picked up four people early last week for questioning, according to multiple media sources ranging from yachting press to the Associated Press, one of the individuals, a 21-year-old named Sylvester Lindsey, was charged with murder. The Associated Press further reports that the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda recovered a gun used in the crime, but the investigators still have not revealed whether they’ve discovered a motive.
Lindsey will be formally charged with murder in court today. In the meantime, according to a post on the Facebook page started in tribute to Gollan, his body will arrive in Australia this Friday, in preparation for a funeral.
If anything positive can be taken from the past week, then it’s the respect shown to Gollan’s memory and his crew aboard Perseus. When the yacht pulled into St. Maarten’s Simpson Bay a few days ago, the crews of the other megayachts in the harbor stood on deck, and they sounded their horns. It’s probably no stretch in logic to say that people had a hard time keeping their eyes dry.