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News24.com | Four homeless men hacked to death in Jamaica, person of interest detained

  • January 27, 2021
  • Jamaican
    police have detained a suspect in connection with attacks on homeless men in
    Kingston, in which four were hacked to death.
  • Six
    men in total were attacked, but two survived with critical injuries. All
    suffered chop wounds to the head.
  • Several
    years ago, homeless men were the victims of a pattern of similar attacks,
    killed while they were sleeping.


KINGSTON
– Jamaican police said on Tuesday they had detained a person of interest as
part of their investigation into an attack over the weekend on six homeless men
in Kingston, in which four were hacked to death and two critically injured.

While
Jamaica has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, the attack was
particularly grisly. All suffered chop wounds to the head and the two who
survived were in a critical state, police said.

More
worrying still to the local homeless population, this was not the first such
occurrence and could be the work of a serial killer.

Several
years ago, homeless men were the victims of a pattern of similar attacks,
killed while they were sleeping, said Dennis Brooks, a spokesperson for the
Jamaica Constabulary Force.

“We
will spare no effort in investigating the heinous and barbaric murders of these
men who are among our society’s most vulnerable,” Jamaican Prime Minister
Andrew Holness said.

Always a level of fear

Minister
of Local Government Desmond McKenzie said the incident was a reminder “to
ensure that the vulnerable among us are never seen or treated as expendable”,
urging the homeless population to stay in shelters.

Some
were defiant, though, and preferred the relative freedom of the streets over
the constraints of shelters.

Lying
on some cardboard on a city sidewalk, flanked by two shopping bags full of
possessions, Zenas Gayle, 55, said he would not consider going to a shelter
although there was always a level of fear from living on the streets of
Kingston.

“But
if anybody goes for me (attacks me), I will go back,” he said.

Over
1 300 people were murdered last year in Jamaica, with gang violence to blame
for much of the violence, and several communities remain under a state of
emergency, under constant watch by security forces.


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