Man killed for rum? - Cops say dispute over strong drink turns deadly

February 07, 2018

A dispute over rum is believed to have led to the murder of a man in Westmoreland last Thursday.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reported that Andrae Darien, 32, otherwise called 'Wacky', of Oasis Lane, West End, was stabbed to death during an altercation at a party.

According to the police, about 9:30 p.m., one man accused another of stealing a bottle of rum.

The dispute escalated and a knife was used to stab Darien in the abdomen.

He was rushed to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital where he was pronounced dead.




One man who was arrested is scheduled to be interviewed in the presence of his lawyer today.

THE STAR understands that angry residents went in pursuit of the accused, accosted him, and then handed him over to the police.

Our news team was unsuccessful in reaching the head of the Westmoreland police, Superintendent Lanford Salmon, as several calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

Bertel Moore, councillor for the Negril Division, said he heard about the incident but had little information on the matter.

"If a man can kill a man over a drink of rum, that's a serious thing. I am concerned. When you lose a life in such a manner, it says there is a serious breakdown in society. When I was growing up, I have never heard of a man stab a man to death over a drink of rum. They must put Christ first and think before you act in such a manner," Moore said.

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