Mon | Sep 20, 2021

Jamaican man detained in murder of woman in Antigua

Published:Monday | June 21, 2021 | 1:10 PM
Prime Minister Gaston Browne is encouraging citizens to pray for the family and continues to discourage domestic violence in the face of differences within families.

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC – A Jamaican man has turned himself in to the police after the body of a 54-year-old government employee was discovered at her house with machete wounds.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, in a statement, confirmed that Althea Henry was an employee of the Passport Division, which falls within his portfolio.

“The Passport Division will not undertake any service to the public today, Monday, June 21, 2021, and possibly tomorrow Tuesday, June 22, 2021,” the statement said.

Media reports had also indicated that Henry's 21-year-old son had died as a result of injuries sustained during the attack, but Monday's statement said that he “has emerged from surgery and is alive.”

While the statement gave no indication as to who had committed the crime, Browne said “the perpetrator of the murder has turned himself in to the police after running away.”

Media reports have identified him as a Jamaican who was charged in 2017 with the attempted murder of Henry.

The reports said that the charge was laid after Henry was found in a “bloody and bruised state” by a passer-by, lying on a piece of cardboard in a bushy area with a large, blood-splattered rock next to her head.

In his statement, Browne expressed “deepest sympathies of the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda to the family and co-workers of Henry.

“The members of staff are truly shocked and traumatised by news of the brutal killing of their colleague, and are psychologically harmed by the news that her son has sustained severe injuries during the same violent event which caused his mother's death.”

Browne is encouraging citizens “to pray for this family, and continues to discourage domestic violence in the face of differences within families.”

Follow The Gleaner on Twitter and Instagram @JamaicaGleaner and on Facebook @GleanerJamaica. Send us a message on WhatsApp at 1-876-499-0169 or email us at onlinefeedback@gleanerjm.com or editors@gleanerjm.com.