Mystery surrounds killing of doctor

October 27, 2016


Jamaica is now one pair of gifted hands shorter in its hospitals. Dr Martin Garwood, whose job included tending to persons who suffered major trauma inflicted by gunshots, knives, machete, and motor vehicle accidents, died after being stabbed multiple times at his home.

"It is a horrible day," Mark Newnham, president of the Association of Surgeons in Jamaica, told THE STAR.

Garwood, who would have achieved full qualification to be a practising surgeon in Jamaica next year, was a member of the Kingston Public Hospital staff.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, told THE STAR yesterday that investigators believed that Garwood was murdered between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., at his King's Avenue home near Barbican in St Andrew, yesterday.


no forced entry


"We are looking into whether he was killed by someone who has access to his space as there were no signs of forced entry," Lindsay said.

She said too that the police are on the lookout for Garwood's black Honda CRV motor vehicle, which they believe was the getaway vehicle.

Newnham, who is also the programme director for surgeries at the University of the West Indies, Mona, said that Garwood's murder is a major blow to not only this family and the profession but also to the country.

"Surgeons, in particular, are at the forefront in the treatment of trauma, and trauma is one of our biggest problems in Jamaica," Newnham said.

He noted that trauma is the leading cause of deaths in Jamaica among persons up to 40 years old.

"We are always understaffed and underserved in terms of surgery in Jamaica. His contribution would have been tremendous," said Newnham.

"It is going to be a big loss to the people of Jamaica," he added.

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