Saturday 4 July, 2020

Two suspected suicides in Manchester within five days

The parish of Manchester has been placed under the spotlight after two persons reportedly committed suicide there less than five days apart.

The police reported that in the first incident, a 24-year-old man identified as Cosmour Copeland of Cumberland district, Spalding, Manchester, is suspected to have committed suicide in his community on Sunday, April 14.

His body was found three days later.

Reports from the Spalding police are that about 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, residents and family members went in search of Copeland and found his body hanging by a rope from a tree.

The police were summoned and the scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue.

A day after the body of Copeland was found, 30-year-old Dwayne Sinclair, a labourer of Newlands district, Mandeville, Manchester, is suspected to have committed a similar act.

The police said there is no evidence at this time to suggest the two cases were linked in any way.

Reports from the Mandeville police are that about 4:00 a.m., residents stumbled upon Sinclair’s body and alerted them. On their arrival, the body was seen hanging from a tree by a belt, which was tied to its neck.

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

Investigations continue into both incidents.

Police earlier this year said there has been a marked spike in the number of suicides locally this year, as, according to statistics from

the Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), there have been 25 cases of reported suicide for the period January 1, 2019, to April 11, 2019.

This represents a 40 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2018 when there were 14 such reported incidents.

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