Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Caretaker charged with murder of Jamaican-British woman in St Mary

Karen Cleary

Karen Cleary

The St Mary police have charged a man in relation to the recent stabbing death of a Jamaican-British woman in Boscobel in the parish.

The accused, 32-year-old Sheldon Hewitt, alias Troy, of Boscobel, was slapped with murder charges last Friday. 

He is to appear before the St Mary Parish Court on Thursday, December 13.

The body of 44-year-old Karen Cleary-Brown, a beautician of Paradise Edge in Boscobel and a Pentonville Road address in London, England, was found in a shallow grave on Monday, December 3.

The body had been wrapped in a tarpaulin and was placed in a hole, which had been covered with a layer of concrete and dirt.

A post-mortem conducted on the British woman's body on Monday revealed that she had been stabbed several times, before her body was buried on her Boscobel property.

Cleary-Brown, who was born in Jamaica, but had lived in England for 20 years, was building her dream home in Boscobel. She had returned to the island recently.

It had been reported that Cleary-Brown was last seen alive at about 9:00 pm Sunday, November 25. However, according to the police, she was reported missing on November 27, 2018, by the suspect, who was both a mason and the caretaker at her premises. 

The police said on December 2, inconsistencies were detected in the missing person report, causing detectives to widen and intensify their probe.

This led investigators to carry out investigations at the woman's house, where her decomposing body was found in a shallow grave about 5:30 pm on Monday, December 3.

Her death triggered an outcry from the president of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents, Percival LaTouche, who urged Jamaicans overseas not to return home due to a string of crimes committed against members of the returning resident community.

However, Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, while condemning the recent murders of returning residents, said most of the cases are a result of domestic disputes.

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