Soldier arrested in relation to father's murder

April 22, 2017

A member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) was yesterday arrested in Manchester in relation to the murder of his father in St Andrew.

The deceased, 51-year-old security guard Nowell McDonald of Tavern Drive in Papine, was found on his bathroom floor on Thursday morning with several chop wounds and burn marks.

Reports are that his colleagues became concerned after he did not report to work, and made checks at his home where his body was discovered.

His son, 29-year-old Private Sebastian McDonald, who was attached to the JDF Coast Guard, was subsequently arrested in Mandeville yesterday afternoon in relation to his murder.


Civil unrest


Private McDonald has served with the force for six years.

According to reports form the police's communications unit, there was some amount of civil unrest in the community upon Private McDonald's arrest.

"They seemed to have come out in support of the person [McDonald]. The police had to turn out in their numbers to prevent further disturbance," an officer said.

The JDF's Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer, Major Basil Jarrett told THE STAR that they are working closely with the police to facilitate the investigations.

"There were no indications that Private McDonald had any personal problems with his dad, and at this point we are relying on the police to conclude their investigations into the matter," Major Jarrett said.

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