Cops probe if farmer killed over fence

September 06, 2017

The Westmoreland police are seeking a man who murdered a farmer allegedly over the erection of a fence, which barred him from accessing a walkway often used to get home in the Amity district community.

Information reaching THE STAR is that the prime suspect fled the scene after repeatedly shooting 55-year-old John 'Blackie' Bartley of a Harry Hill address in the parish.

Reports are that about 8:30 p.m. last Friday, the deceased was at a shop in the community watching a Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket match when he was approached by the suspect, who accused him of building the fence.

THE STAR gathered that the dispute escalated and the man left the scene and returned with a firearm.

Reports from the Bethel Town police are that he opened fire, hitting Bartley several times. He then escaped the area on foot.

Our news team was also told that residents who were at the scene summoned the police who rushed Bartley to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

THE STAR understands that the suspect is originally from St James, however, he recently moved to the community.

Further reports are that irate residents firebombed the home he occupies.

Commander for the Westmoreland Police Division, Superintendent Lanford Salmon, could not be reached for a response.

Several calls to his cell phone went straight to a voicemail recording.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) confirmed the murder was reported and told THE STAR that investigations are ongoing.


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