Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Cop arrested in Antigua in relation to Jamaican woman’s death there

A police constable was arrested in Antigua on Tuesday on suspicion of murder after an autopsy on the body of a Jamaican woman in the eastern Caribbean island determined that she died from strangulation and not suicide, as the scene of her death suggested.

The deceased has been identified as Nicoma MacFarlane, 25, who was found dead on February 7.

She had moved to Antigua last year.

The cop in question, who was already on suspension for a matter unrelated to McFarlane’s death, was picked up hours after the autopsy results were made available to the police.

Indications are that investigators were suspicious from early, based on information that was received after the body was found with a wrist slit in places and a razor on a table nearby.

The victim’s mother had reportedly left McFarlane at home in a normal state in the morning, but returned from work in the evening to find her bleeding and slumped in a chair.

McFarlane was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Based on the scene of her death, suicide initially seemed to have been the cause, especially because some months earlier she had reportedly made some worrying posts on social media.

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