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Relatives of slain Trelawny farmer want life for killers

Published:Saturday | February 19, 2022 | 12:09 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Mel rose Gordon, the common-law wife of murdered Trelawny farmer Winston Stewart, is hoping that the men held for his death will get the maximum sentence of life imprisonment if found guilty.

The family was still in mourning when The Gleaner made contact on Thursday, but were overjoyed that all three suspects were now in custody.

“Life imprisonment. A that mi wah dem fi get; life imprisonment,” Gordon said bluntly.

She said that since her husband death last month, she has gotten more ill, but news that the suspects had been charged made her feel much better.

“Dem a someone who grow up in a di same community here – all three a dem – and mi family is coping real hard because Manna was mi han an foot,” she stated of Stewart.

Her common law husband's death has been a major setback for herself and the family as they depended on him for many things, especially financial support.

A cousin of the slain farmer, who was also at family home in the small farm community of McHill in Clark's Town on Thursday morning, was also that the men had been charged.

“Mi seh mi feel good. Mi feel good. Thank God, thank God, and thank the citizen dem,” she shouted. “I hope dem get life imprisonment an nuh cum out.”

Tanecia Gallimore, a former student of Cedric Titus High School, who related that she now has a baby while still trying to get an education, told The Gleaner that Stewart assisted her in many ways during difficult times.

“Manna don't deserve what happen to him. Every time mi a go a school, even wen mi mother can't afford things, mi could always go to Manna, an seh, 'Manna, mi nuh have no lunch money. Manna, mi nuh have this or that'. Him always deh deh fi mi.” Gallimore said.

The burnt remains of the 63-year-old farmer was discovered on a farm at Walkers Peace, Trelawny, on January 31.

Reports by the Clark's Town police are that Stewart who resides at a section of the community known as McHill, left home some time after midday on Sunday, January 30, and set out for his farm in a section of McHill called Walkers Peace.

When he did not return home that afternoon, his relatives grew concerned and made a report to the Clark's Town police.

A search team stumbled upon Stewart's burnt remains at a woodland farm owned by two brothers the following day.

Following an investigation one of the accused, 27-year-old Remoy Brown, a farmer of Cockburn Pen in Clark's Town, was arrested and charged on Tuesday, February 9, with accessory after the fact of murder, and conspiracy to prevent the lawful burial of a corpse.

His two co-accused, 46-year-old Andrew 'Denty' Green, and his elder brother, 49-year-old Allan 'Currie' Green, were both charged on February 11, with murder, and conspiracy to prevent the lawful burial of a corpse.

The police say their investigations revealed that on Sunday, January 30, Brown went to his farm and discovered both men with a large knitted bag, in which had allegedly placed Stewart's remains after they had allegedly chopped him up.

The police further stated that Brown made a confession in a statement sent to the director of public prosecutions that he saw the brothers with the bag containing Stewart's remains and assisted them in transporting it to a section of the farm, where it was burnt.

All three men are to face the Trelawny Parish Court at a later date.