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Woman fatally stabs partner in Portland, parish records third murder

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

Portland recorded its third murder for the year last night after a woman allegedly stabbed her common law husband to death during a domestic dispute.

Reports are that 35-year-old tiler Rollack Murray was stabbed in his back about 8:30 p.m. at the home he shared with his common law wife at Park Lane in Buff Bay.

According to the police, the two were reportedly involved in a dispute when the woman allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed Murray, who fell to the ground, grimacing in pain.

The woman reportedly made an alarm, and Murray was assisted into a vehicle. He, however, succumbed to his injuries en route to the Annotto Bay hospital in the neighbouring parish of St Mary.

“This is our third murder since the start of 2014," said Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the Portland division.

He added: “They are all domestic murders, which started in the home. I am appealing to residents to engage the police in conflict resolution, so that we can assist with diffusion tensions. We did our investigation, and there was no report made to the police by either party, which would have allowed us to engage them in counseling or mediation. Too made domestic disputes have resulted in murder, which could have been prevented, had the police known about any such disputes.”

Last night's murder follows two stabbing deaths, which took place less than 12 hours apart on January 15. In the first incident the body of a German national, 48-year-old Ute Sobtaier, was discovered outside her house at Park Mountain at None Such with what appeared to be stab wounds to the abdomen.

In the second incident, the body of 38-year-old Janice Linton, a resident of Baker Hill, Hope Bay was also discovered with what appeared to be stab wounds to the abdomen.

Portland recorded a total of nine murders in 2013, the lowest island-wide.

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