(JAMAICA STAR) – The St Mary police have launched a probe into the burning of a man accused of murder in the community of Crawl in the Hampstead area of the parish on Sunday.
THE STAR understands that the murder of a farmer, 79-year-old Charles Patterson, allegedly triggered angry residents to hunt, tie up, and burn 55-year-old Winston Henry to death.
Information reaching our news desk is that the fire brigade was contacted to retrieve Henry’s body from the rubble.
Both Patterson and Henry are from the Crawl community. However, police told THE STAR that both men had a long-standing land dispute.
Allegations are that Henry killed Patterson between Friday and Saturday.
Residents reportedly heard loud explosions in the community last Friday night, but after conducting their own investigations, nothing was found.
Patterson’s body was subsequently discovered at the front of his house on Sunday with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.
Our news team gathered that the residents then went in search of Henry on Sunday, and executed jungle justice on the farmer.
St Mary has now recorded 11 murders since the start of the year, four of which have occurred in Annotto Bay.
The police’s Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) has confirmed the reports of the peculiar Hampstead saga, and told THE STAR that both killings are being investigated.