Tue | Oct 23, 2018

Son murders dad over stolen money

Published:Saturday | September 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man is now on the run after he allegedly murdered his father on Thursday night during a domestic dispute over stolen money at their Green Pond home in Montego Bay.

The dead man has been identified as 59-year-old Clifton Thorpe, while his alleged killer is 27-year-old Akeem Thorpe, who reportedly stabbed him several times in the upper body before fleeing the scene.

According to reports, at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, the father and two of his other sons accosted Akeem, who had reportedly broken into his brother's room and stolen US$7,000. They reportedly tried to hold him (Akeem), but he pulled a ratchet knife and began attacking them.

During the mÍlÈe, the father was stabbed several times. Once he was able to make his way clear, the accused killer fled the scene. The injured father was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

KNOWN TROUBLEMAKER

"Dem rush di father to di hospital but him didn't mek it," said Steven Murray, the father of the deceased man and grandfather of the accused killer. "Him (Akeem) is a troublemaker. Whenever him is around, you can expect trouble."

According to the grandfather, earlier in the week, he, too, was a victim of his grandson's wrath as he was attacked and injured and had to seek medical attention.

"A just Tuesday him injury mi and send mi up a hospital," said the distraught grandfather. "Before him attack me Tuesday, him attack mi three months ago and send mi a hospital, and yuh si wah him do now - kill him own father."

When The Gleaner visited Green Pond yesterday, there was a pall of gloom over the community as residents recounted the tragedy while heaping condemnation on the accused killer, who many described as an out-of-control troublemaker.

"That man name is trouble, so I was not surprise when I heard what he did," said a resident. "Him been giving him family hell for a long time, but him go over the limit this time."