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Four slaughtered in Spanish Town

Published:Friday | May 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Police personnel inspect the scene at which four people were murdered in 'Backlands', Spanish Town, St Catherine. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

An eerie calm engulfed sections of Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday as residents reacted to news that a woman and three men had been killed in a section of the community known as 'Backlands'.

Spanish Town is no stranger to such violent incidents and, as usual, the shock which greeted news of the early morning massacre was quickly replaced with fear of possible reprisals.

The victims of yesterday's attack in Backlands included a 42-year-old mother of eight and three men who community members described as hard-working and peaceful.

The bodies of 34-year-old David 'Te Te' Williams; Clayton Simpson, 29; 45-year-old Garnett Greg and Sandra Wint were found close to a riverbank early yesterday morning with their throats slashed. They had also been stabbed.

Investigators say about 5:30 a.m., a group of men invaded the community and killed the four before dumping their bodies on the riverbank.

Residents claim the victims, who all lived close to the section of the community near several trees and a river, were attacked by men from a neighbouring community.

political rivalry

While no one could give a motive for the attack, everyone pointed out that the two communities are traditional political rivals.

"Each time we work for peace, them come in the area and kill the residents. So how them expect we fi react now?" one young man told The Gleaner as he hinted at revenge.

"This is frightening, it is disturbing to see what is happening, as we have worked long and hard to have peace in the community," Pastor Fitzroy Thomas, of the nearby Dempshire Pen Four Square Church, said.

While young men with their faces displaying pain and anger spoke softly of what they claimed were the relentless attacks from men from the neighbouring communities, relatives of the victims cried openly.

"When yuh three pickney dead by violent means, who is going to bury you, and how would you feel?" Wellesley Simpson bellowed as he told The Gleaner that Clayton was his third son to be murdered in the past three years.

"One dead last year and me could hardly find money to bury him," Simpson said.

"A last night David a talk to mi and him seh a when a Mother's Day and mi tell him Sunday," said Dorothy Williams, as she mourned her son.

"Him seh him a go buy mi a goat fi Mother's Day and now dem kill him," she added.

Yesterday's incident moved the number of murders in the St Catherine North Police Division to 75.