Alleged goat thief chopped to death
An alleged goat thief was hacked to death in Pedro River, St Ann, on Tuesday after he and two other men were cornered by citizens.
The deceased has been identified as Victor Walker of a Rosemount address in Linstead, St Catherine. Deputy Superintendent Linton Bailey, who is in charge of crime for the St Ann police, said the mob killing occurred about 7:10 a.m.
Bailey said the three men went to Crofts Hill, where it is suspected they stole three goats. The police were alerted and a vehicle fitting the description was signalled to stop by the police. However, the vehicle sped away. The police gave chase and the vehicle eventually crashed in the Pedro River area. The men alighted and ran and the citizens gave chase. Walker was cornered and chopped to death by the residents. The other two men ran.
"Three goats were taken from the motor car, suspected to be stolen. One man later surrendered himself to the police," Bailey said. A second vehicle with two men on board was intercepted by citizens. The occupants were only spared by the quick interception of the police. The men were detained.
A farmer from Pedro River told THE WEEKEND STAR that farmers in Pedro River have been suffering at the hands of goat thieves especially over the past three weeks.
"Life was very miserable for the farmers," the farmer said. "I don't know if those are the same set but I hope so."