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Severed head found in Rio Cobre

Published:Friday | July 22, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Gawkers on the Spanish Town Bridge in St Catherine look over at a severed head (not pictured) believed to have been cut from the body of 19-year-old Joeith Lynch, who was murdered along with her mother, Charmaine Gloria Rattray, on Wednesday. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

WHAT waS believed to be the head of 19-year-old Joeith Lynch, the Lauriston teenager who suffered the same fate as her 40-year-old mother at the hands of bloodthirsty gunmen carrying machetes, was fished yesterday from the Rio Cobre in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Traffic came to a standstill and had to be diverted from the bridge near the Spanish Town Hospital, as hundreds of people converged on the location where the head was found.

Intense fear has gripped some residents of the beleaguered community of Lauriston in Spanish Town, with more and more people packing their belongings and making a swift exodus in the wake of Wednesday's chilling decapitation of Lynch and her mother, Charmaine Gloria Rattray.

Lynch, a past student of The Queen's School in St Andrew, and her mother were butchered early Wednesday by gunmen believed to be the same persons who beheaded 19-year-old Scott Thomas in the same community a day earlier. Thomas was believed to be a member of the notorious Clansman gang.

Less than a year ago, bloodthirsty gunmen snuffed out the lives of eight people from the neighbouring community of Tredegar Park, forcing some residents there to flee their homes.

"People moving out from the community where they live. Everybody moving out. Nobody slept last night. I don't even like to remember it," Bishop George Carter, of the New Life Church of God in Lauriston, told The Gleaner yesterday.

Deeply disturbed

Yesterday, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) denounced the heinous acts perpetrated against the three persons in Lauriston.

The human-rights group extended its sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and the community.

The Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches yesterday urged the security forces to "leave no stones unturned until the perpetrators are brought to justice".