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Jamaican Police authorities recorded their first murder in Trelawny for 2016 when an elderly woman was chopped to death by a machete wielder, said to be of unsound mind, in the southern parts of the parish yesterday morning (January 13).
The deceased has been identified as 75-year-old farmer Violet Rowe, a resident of Top Litchfield, Trelawny.
The alleged machete wielder also inflicted wounds to his sister and a male member of the normally quiet farming community. They were both admitted to hospital.
Police reported that shortly after 9:00 yesterday morning, the accused man’s sister went to his house to take him to hospital for treatment when he chopped her with a machete, after which he fled to the street.
Rowe, who was walking along the road, was attacked by the machete wielder and was chopped all over the body, according to the police.
Shortly after, police said, the accused man used a farming fork to stab a man with whom he came in contact shortly after attacking the elderly woman.
The three wounded people were taken to the Percy Junior Memorial Hospital in Christiana, Manchester, where Rowe was pronounced dead.
The accused was subsequently held by the police and taken into custody.
Trelawny recorded 23 murders last year.