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Trelawny pensioner still badly traumatised - after watching his machete used to commit murder

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 1:51 AMLeon Jackson
Ersel Carey

Western Bureau-

                After watching a mentally ill man using his machete to slaughter a fellow pensioner, a 74-year-old Ersel Carey is so badly traumatised that since the incident, he has not been able to go back to the scene of the gruesome killing - the post office in Falmouth Trelawny.
                     On the day of the killing (December 15, 2016), Carey arrived at the post office from his home in Coopers Pen, early as usual, with the intention of collecting his pension and then moving on to the place where he was doing some bushing work. He took a seat on the step on the side of the post office, which was facing Cornwall Street. He placed his machete, which he had carefully wrapped in newspaper, on the ground beside him.
                  Suddenly, a man of unsound mind walked up to where he was sitting, grabbed his machete and ran off to the other side of the Post Office, which is facing Market Street. Carey ran after him in a bid to retrieve his machete, but what unfolded next has left him mentally scarred.


No help

              The mentally ill man, who was unwrapping the machete as he ran, had pounced on 71-year-old Joyce Gomes, who was also a post office to collect her pension, and was raining chops all over her body.
            " Nuh bady nuh cum, dem only a tek picture. Mi hear waa gun shat, but nuh bady help Joyce," said the frail bodied pensioner, who said he had initially  frozen on seeing what was happening but quickly composed himself and began bawling out for help.
             Carey was so badly shaken up after seeing Gomes collapsed on the pavement, dying in a pool of her blood, that he all but lost his mind, completely forgetting the reason he had come to Falmouth. When the police came, he was taken to the police station.
                While the police explained to Carey that he was not under arrest and had only been taken in to be questioned about his machete, he said nothing could stop him from trembling like a leaf. After he was questioned, he was allowed to leave and he went home minus both his pension and his machete.
                            Since the incident, Carey’s whole life has changed as according to him, “every little sound scares me.” He is even afraid to go back to Falmouth and has not collected any pension since.
                        Reverend Owen Watson and his staff at the Victim Support Unit in Falmouth have been working closely with him through grief counselling sessions.