Fatal mob reaction to elderly farmer’s murder in St Mary
A file photo of a murder scene in St Mary.
The St Mary police are conducting investigations into a bizarre double killing in the quiet community of Crawl in the Hampstead area, where the body of an elderly man was found with gunshot wounds and his suspected killer was later set ablaze by residents on Sunday.
The deceased senior citizen has been identified as 79-year-old farmer, Charles Patterson, while the man killed by the mob has been identified as 55-year-old Winston Henry.
Both men are from the community of Crawl.
Police sources confirmed that both men had an ongoing dispute over a plot of land, but were unable to confirm if this may have escalated over the weekend, leading to the tragic incidents.
Residents reported to the lawmen that they heard gunshots in the community on Friday night, but after conducting their own investigations on Saturday, all seemed well in the area.
However, on Sunday morning, residents stumbled onto the body of the elderly farmer at his gate.
Patterson's lifeless body had what appeared to be gunshot wounds.
It is usual for residents to immediately summon the police following the discovery of a body, but before doing so in this case, they went in search of the man with whom Patterson had a longstanding dispute.
The residents found Henry and severely beat him, then set him ablaze.
The police were eventually alerted to the area, where Henry's lifeless body was found, along with that of Patterson.
The police are now trying to piece together their case to determine the true story behind the elderly man's murder, along with the mob killing of the alleged murderer.
St Mary has now recorded eleven murders since the start of the year, with the three most killings being recorded within less than 24 hours.