A bitter dispute that has been simmering below the surface for years finally exploded this week when police raided the Lyford Cay home of billionaire American financier Louis Bacon, 52, apparently based on a complaint from his neighbour, 66-year-old international fashion mogul Peter Nygard.
Ten armed plainclothes police officers entered Bacon's home just after noon on Monday in search of lethal "ultrasonic weaponry". Although the owners were not present, police handcuffed and body-searched household staff for over three hours, before confiscating a set of industrial loudspeakers. The speakers were returned the same day.
Although an official police report was promised yesterday, the Tribune was unable to speak to senior officers, including the commissioner, on this matter despite numerous calls.
But Lyford Cay residents are incensed that someone could induce the police to act in this way. According to one email seen by the Tribune, "from the moment we heard of this action by a police team on the property of Mr. Bacon, we have vigorously expressed our strong objections and concerns to the highest level in government, and to various levels of police, including the commissioner. We will continue to pursue this matter in the strongest possible way."