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Busman is first Hanover murder victim of 2020

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:48 AM

A bus operator who was stabbed to death by two men on Wednesday night at the Lucea Bus Park has become Hanover’s first murder victim of 2020.

The deceased has been identified as 43-year-old Carl Amberley, otherwise called ‘Kevin’, who resided in the community of Greenland, also in Lucea.

“Mi sit dung almost beside the man when dem stab him up,” a bus operator, requesting anonymity because of security fears, told The Gleaner yesterday.

“Couple a wi siddung inna the little shop when we see two man walk up to the scene and start a argument wid him. Before him could respond, dem pull out knife and stab him couple time and den run off. “

The Lucea police reported that shortly after 10 p.m., Amberley had finished working for the day and had parked his bus before sharing a drink with friends at a shop.

He was reportedly approached by two men, one of whom exchanged harsh words with him. Both men brandished knives and stabbed him multiple times. The men then fled.

Personnel at the Lucea Police Station, which is a stone’s throw away from the bus park, rushed to the scene and transported Amberley to the Noel Holmes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Following the stabbing incident, Deputy Superintendent Conrad Cummings told our news team that the police would be manning the location on a 24-hour basis as part of a security beef-up.

“This is a most unfortunate incident as we have police officers monitoring the bus park every second of the day up to closing time,” Cummings said.

Hanover, along with the neighbouring western parishes St James and Westmoreland, has been under a state of public emergency. It is one of seven police divisions under the security crackdown.

– Hopeton Bucknor