Man claims voices told him to kill grandfather

August 16, 2017

Investigators in Clarendon are to question a man who is believed to be of unsound mind and the grandchild of an elderly man whose body was removed from a pit yesterday morning.

Information reaching THE STAR is that the family of 82-year-old pensioner Syril James Morgan of a Mitchell Town address in the parish has been plunged into mourning following the incident that has put a dark cloud over the community.

Investigators told our news team that the act came as a shock to the family because the accused man and his grandfather were very close.

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Detective inspector Marvin Brooks told THE STAR that "We are of the opinion, based on the investigation, that the man is somebody who is losing control of his faculties. He said he heard voices in his head that caused him to do it."

The 23-year-old man, whose name is being withheld, remains in police custody.

"Sometime after 10 p.m. (Monday), his grandson, who is said to be of unsound mind, allegedly strangled his grandfather to death and threw him in a pit. He then reported this to family members and then he ran and jumped into the pit as well. He was assisted from the pit by family members and handed over to the police," Brooks added.

THE STAR understands that the police were called in, and an investigation was launched at about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

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