Tragic death of sister leaves Trelawny senior in unbearable pain
Veronica Jumpp has hardly slept since the death her of her sister, Cathlene, last Tuesday.
Cathlene, 73, was found dead in Vanzie Lands, Falmouth, Trelawny. It is suspected that she was mauled by dogs. Her sister, Veronica, with whom she shared a close bond, said she has been left shaken by the incident.
"When dem tell mi [about her demise] and mi guh see her pon di grung naked an dead, mi nuh cry fi a long time, but dis time mi bawl," Veronica, 72, told THE STAR.
The elderly woman, who lost one of her legs in a motor vehicle accident years ago, said that she has hardly slept since the incident.
"Everytime mi fi drop a sleep, mi jump up," she said, adding that she has hardly eaten as well.
"Mi jus a see har lay dung dead wid di whole of har body bite up. Di dog dem do her bad, " the wheelchair user said as her body shuddered.
Veronica told THE STAR that she and her sister had an excellent relationship.
"We shared everything from we a pickney -- clothes, food, schoolbook. When mi seh everything, a dat mi mean. In the last few years, if mi nuh have nuh dinner, mi guh roun' a Cathlene an mi get. If she nuh have none, she use her walker and come a mi fi her dinner. A so we live," Veronica said.
Millicent Poyser-Walker, a restaurateur in the area, said Veronica and Cathlene lived like twins.
"I feel sorry for her," Poyser-Walker said. "Cathlene used to do day's work for me, and Veronica would follow her to my place, even if she just kept her company. It is going to be a big adjustment to her life," Poyser-Walker said.
The Trelawny police has launched an investigation into Cathlene's death.