Friday 23 October, 2020

Machete attack leaves victim dead, teen injured, attacker jailed

A man believed to be of unsound mind is now in police custody after allegedly chopping a man to death and wounding a teenager in the same incident in St Ann's Bay, St Ann on Friday.

The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Delroy Smith of Gully Road, St Ann's Bay.

Reports are that sometime after 4pm, Smith was sitting at a shop where he was attacked by a machete-wielding man who entered the establishment.

Smith allegedly ran, but was reportedly chased and chopped repeatedly by his attacker.

The bloodletting continued as a male teen who was walking along the roadway was allegedly chopped on the head by the machete-wielding man.

The attacker then fled the scene.

The police were alerted and the wounded persons were assisted to the hospital, where Smith died.

The teenager remains admitted in stable condition.

Following an initial probe, the alleged attacker was apprehended on Saturday morning.

Only last week, another fatal incident reportedly involving a person of unsound mind was recorded in St Mary.

In that incident, a two-year-old child died after their throat and those of another young child and an elderly man were all slashed by a man who was said to have been behaving strangely after being recently laid off from his job as a chef at a local resort amid the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has brought the local tourism industry almost to a halt.

The attacker in that case was held and mauled by an angry mob shortly after the throat-slashing incidents.

The two other victims of the initial attack were hospitalised.

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