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Portland man chopped to death for killing nephew

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:00 AMGareth Davis Sr

PORT ANTONIO, Portland:

A Portland man who was on the run for almost a week after killing his nephew at David Lane in the parish on April 26, died at hospital from injuries received after he was attacked and chopped by an angry mob.

Fifty-five-year-old Baldwin Walsh, who managed to elude the police for 11 days after he allegedly chopped his nephew, Robert Douglas, to death with a machete, died about 10 p.m. on Saturday at hospital while undergoing treatment.

Police sources said they were alerted by residents shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday that a man was being beaten and chopped with machetes by an angry mob that was reportedly upset over the killing of Douglas, 24.

The police said that on their arrival, they managed to rescue Walsh from the angry mob, which had stabbed and chopped him repeatedly all over his body.

Walsh, who was reportedly bleeding profusely, was rushed to the Port Antonio Hospital by the police, but later died.

 

PASSIONATE CALL

 

It was only last Thursday that commanding officer in charge of the parish, Deputy Superintendent Rex Swearing, made a passionate plea for Walsh to turn himself in, while appealing to residents knowing his whereabouts to contact the police.

"It sends a bad signal and it also sets a bad precedence when residents decide to take these matter into their own hands," said Swearing after Walsh was killed.

He added: "The police have its duty and we are bound by law to execute those duties. This matter will be thoroughly investigated and those involved in this gruesome crime will be brought to justice. Portland is a peaceful parish and its citizens are law-abiding. This mob killing comes as a shock to us, and while we can understand the pain felt by many, especially with the killing of Douglas, who was allegedly attacked from behind by his own uncle, a mob killing is unique to this parish."

On April 26, Douglas was reportedly sitting on a verandah at David Lane in Port Antonio shortly after 9:30 a.m. when he was attacked and chopped from behind on the left side of the neck.

Walsh fled the scene shortly after and community members reportedly rushed Douglas to the nearby Port Antonio Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.