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January 27, 2014
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Portland records ITS third murder

Gareth Davis Sr, Star Writer

Portland recorded its third killing for the year on Saturday night, after a woman was accused of stabbing her common-law husband to death during a domestic dispute.

Reports are that 35-year-old tiler, Rollack Murray, was stabbed in his back about 8:30 p.m. at the home he shared with his common-law wife at Park Lane in Buff Bay.

Police said the two were reportedly involved in a dispute when Murray was stabbed. The woman reportedly made an alarm, and Murray was assisted into a vehicle. He, however, succumbed to his injuries en route to the Annotto Bay Hospital in the neighbouring parish of St Mary.

"This is our third murder since the start of 2014," said Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the Portland Division. "They are all domestic murders, which started in the home. I am appealing to residents to engage the police in conflict resolution, so that we can assist with diffusing tensions.

We did our investigation, and there was no report made to the police by either party which would have allowed us to engage them in counselling or mediation. Too many domestic disputes have resulted in murder which could have been prevented had the police known about any such disputes."

Saturday night's killing follows two stabbing deaths which took place less than 12 hours apart on January 15. In the first incident, the body of a German national, 48-year-old Ute Sobtaier, was discovered outside her house at Park Mountain at None Such with what appeared to be stab wounds to the abdomen.

In the second incident, the body of 38-year-old Janice Linton, a resident of Baker Hill, Hope Bay, was also discovered with what appeared to be stab wounds to the abdomen.

Portland recorded nine murders in 2013, the lowest islandwide.

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