Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Man cuts another’s throat in dispute in St Ann

A 38-year-old man became the 15th person to be killed in St Ann since the start of the year after an argument ended in tragedy on Sunday night.

The deceased man has been identified as Eldon York of Watt Town in the parish.

The police are searching for his attacker, who allegedly fled the scene on a motorcycle.

Police reports are that at about 8:00 p.m., York and another man got into an argument at a shop in Watt Town.

During the fuss, the man reportedly pulled a knife and slashed York's throat.

The accused man then fled the scene on the motorbike.

York was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Interestingly, at last Thursday's monthly meeting of the St Ann Municipal Corporation, the police indicated that crime was trending down in the parish, including murders.

Up to last week, murders were down by 22 per cent, with 14 recorded killings so far this year. Data indicated that 18 murders were recorded for the corresponding period last year.

Head of operations for the St Ann police, Deputy Superintendent Beresford Williams, also told councillors that robberies and break-ins continued to show downward trends in the parish.

For robberies, there were 20 reported cases, when compared to 25 last year.

In relation to break-ins, there were 32 cases up to last Thursday, in comparison to 43 cases for the same period in 2017.

Rape is also down, as five cases have been recorded this year, compared to 11 last year.

However, shootings have seen a 20 per cent increase, as there were 12 reported cases so far in 2018, in comparison to 10 for the similar period last year.

But despite the increase for shootings, crime in St Ann overall has decreased by 24 per cent up to last week.

There have been 94 cases of serious crimes reported so far this year, in comparison to 124 in 2017.

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