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Arnett Gdns man in custody for mother's murder

Published:Monday | August 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Nedburn Thaffe, Gleaner Writer

VERONICA WIZARD had prepared her dress in the middle of last week to attend church yesterday morning, but fate proved it had a different plan for her after her life was taken in a most vicious manner allegedly by her own son on Saturday night.

When residents of Hopeful Village in Arnett Gardens, St Andrew, woke up to the news of her murder yesterday morning, it was the grisly scene which greeted them that proved most shocking.

"Only the handle of the knife you could see sticking out from one of her eyes. The blade went straight through," one resident said in describing the manner in which the woman was killed.

Police said the man who is believed to be of unsound mind turned himself in to the Denham Town police about 6 yesterday morning, where he is still being held in the lock-up.

Handwriting on the wall

Ezra Richards, a neighbour who told The Gleaner that he has known Wizard and her son for many years, said it was the norm for the two who shared a two-bedroom dwelling to engage in quarrels. He, however, mentioned that the handwriting had been on the wall for a long time now that one day Wizard would perhaps be killed by her son.

"One time, I went and knock her up and told her that one day her son either a go rape or kill her. Two days ago, him was playing a song talking about how him will kill and do 25 years, and he was playing it over and over again," Richards said.

He added that on Saturday night, shortly after 8, before he (Richards) went to bed, the two had another round of argument where he overheard him making threats on her life. Since it was the norm for him to do so, he did not make much of it.

"Last night, a little after shi go in, him said, 'Hey (expletives) gyal, mi want mi house tonight, tonight or yuh a go si'. Mi shout to Mummy (Veronica Wizard) same time and seh, 'Him get a girl!' and that was when him respond and said to me, 'Yuh soon find out what a gwaan man'."

"She is a person who talks very loud, but when mi call out to her, she barely answered and a mostly his voice mi did a hear. A dis morning now mi a seh him probably did a choke her dem time deh."

Kerry-Ann Blair, who said the deceased who is in her 70s is known to her as Ms Ruby, described her as being a mother figure to her.