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January 16, 2014
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Common-law husband accused of killing lover
Gareth Davis Sr, STAR Writer


Family members and friends wept openly following the brutal slaying of 38-year-old Janice Linton, a resident of Baker Hill, Hope Bay in Portland, who was allegedly stabbed to death by her common-law husband yesterday.

The incident took place shortly after 10 a.m. following an alleged dispute between Linton and her common-law husband.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in charge of operations for the parish, Patrick Bennett, Linton and her boyfriend were engaged in a long-standing dispute.

"The body had multiple stab wounds to the abdomen and she was lying in a pool of blood. This incident has shocked the entire Hope Bay community, which is a peaceful one. This killing also took place in proximity to the Hope Bay All-Age School, which could have some impact on teachers and students," Bennett said.

As a result of the gruesome killing, classes were suspended for the day at that school.

According to the police, Linton's boyfriend reportedly made several phone calls to family members and friends, informing them about the brutal act. He was later apprehended after he had earlier fled the area.

Elsewhere, in the parish on Tuesday, the body of a German national, 48-year-old Ute Sobtaier, was discovered outside her house at Park Mountain at Nonsuch in the parish. She too had multiple stab wounds to the body.

The body of the German national was discovered shortly after 11 p.m.

The Portland police have since taken into custody two persons including a female, who they believe might have committed the act.

The parish experienced nine murders in 2013, the lowest islandwide.

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