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Brothers’ quarrel ends in beheading - Police urge accused killer to turn himself in

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:09 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer
Residents gather outside the yard in Roehampton, St James, where a man allegedly chopped his younger brother, killing him.
Residents gather outside the yard in Roehampton, St James, where a man allegedly chopped his younger brother, killing him.

Western Bureau:

The community of Roehampton in St James was yesterday rocked by a gruesome murder when an irate man allegedly beheaded his younger brother in a machete attack.

The dead man has been identified as 25-year-old Dale ‘Mash Up’ Hylton, who resided in a section of the community called Crochas Mountain.

According to police reports, shortly after 8:30 a.m., the brothers, who resided in separate houses in a tenement yard, were involved in a heated exchange for more than an hour.

During the argument, the elder brother allegedly brandished a machete, which he used to chop Hylton on the back of his neck before running off into nearby bushes.

“From morning wi a call to dem fi behave themselves,” Jamila Hylton, a younger sister of the two men, told The Gleaner yesterday as she wept.

“It never affi reach to dis. Dem normally live good wid each other, so none a wi don’t know wa get inna [the older brother] fi go use machete fi chop off him brother head,” she added.

Residents, who converged on the location, were visibly upset at the killing, which they say has further cast their community in a bad light as it comes just days after the murder of a woman in the community.

“We don’t want these things in Roehampton,” one young woman said. “Roehampton is not a killing field. We not even get over one killing and now we have another … . This is not good.”

The police say the 33-year-old accused is known to them as he is currently on bail, with a case pending before the courts. They are asking him to report to the Anchovy Police Station.

The latest killing brings to 105 the number of murders committed in St James since the start of the year.

Last year, the parish, which is now under a state of public emergency, recorded 102 homicides.

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