Thursday 21 February, 2019

Two Clarendon businessmen killed hours apart

Two business operators were shot dead by criminals over the last 24 hours in the parish of Clarendon.

In the first incident, a 36-year-old building contractor, Benroy Farquharson, otherwise called ‘Ezra’, of Natalee Boulevard in May Pen, was attacked and gunned down at his residence.

Reports are that about 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Farquharson was at home when men brandishing firearms kicked open his door and opened fire hitting him several times in the upper body.

It is understood that the attackers had pretended to be police personnel to gain access to the businessman’s premises.

The police were alerted after the shooting and Farquharson was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Less than eight hours later, investigators were called to Paisley main road just outside of May Pen where prominent businessman, political activist and contractor, Keith Osbourne, 56, otherwise called ‘Smoker’, was attacked and killed by gunmen while overseeing road repair works.

Reports are that about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Osbourne was standing along the roadway when a Nissan Tiida car with several men inside drove up. The police said two men got out of the vehicle and one of them opened fire, hitting Osbourne several times.

The gunmen then drove away from the scene.

Osbourne was later pronounced dead.

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