Saturday 29 February, 2020

St Mary man is Jamaica's sixth suspected suicide victim this year

A St Mary man became the sixth person to have reportedly committed suicide across the island since the start of the year.

The deceased man, 55-year-old Byron Williams, otherwise called 'Pirate', of Rosend district in the parish, died in hospital on Tuesday morning after reportedly drinking a substance the previous night.

Police reports are that about 8:00 p.m. on Monday night, Williams was at home when he ingested ethylene.

He was rushed to the hospital for treatment, but he died about 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the police.

Williams' death followed Saturday's suspected suicide by 16-year-old Sydonie Johnson, otherwise called ‘Shantie’ of Newton district, St Elizabeth.

Reports are that about 9:30 p.m., Sydonie was found hanging by the neck from an ackee tree in her yard.

The police are investigating that incident.

A day before Johnson is believed to have taken her life, the body of 78-year-old Ann Simpson was found hanging inside a house on Wildman Street in downtown Kingston.

Reports from the Central police are that about 5:30 a.m., Simpson was found by family members hanging by a length of rope from the ceiling in a room.

The scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue.

The other individuals to have reportedly taken their lives since the start of 2019 included: 29-year-old Nordia Markland from Shannon Lloyd Crescent in Clarendon on Saturday, January 12; and 39-year-old Nigel Mundle of Spalding, also in Clarendon, on January 8.

An elderly farmer, 65-year-old Vincroft Nephew of Rose Hall in St Elizabeth was the first suicide victim for 2019. He was found hanging by a length of rope attached to a tree in his community.


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