Rob­bery, mur­der amid the wait for Matthew in St James

Jamaica Gleaner - - MAPPING MATTHEW - Adrian Frater News Ed­i­tor adrian.frater@glean­erjm.com

AMID THE ner­vous wait for the ar­rival of Hur­ri­cane Matthew in St James yes­ter­day, one com­mu­nity was thrown into mourn­ing on learn­ing of the bru­tal mur­der of a for­mer school­boy foot­ball star. Mean­while, a rob­ber who tried to give Jamaica’s tourism a black eye was chased down and held by a fleet-footed cop.

In Mt Salem, hur­ri­cane prepa­ra­tions were dis­rupted as res­i­dents re­acted to the killing of for­mer St James High School daCosta Cup player, Christo­pher ‘LuLu’ Curry, who was at­tacked and stabbed sev­eral times by un­known as­sailants in Cather­ine Hall on Sun­day night. Curry, who rep­re­sented both Wadadah FC and Water­house FC at the Premier League level, was at­tacked as he stood along the road­way in the com­mu­nity, which is close to the Fairview Shop­ping Cen­tre.

He re­port­edly suf­fered mul­ti­ple stab wounds to his neck and chest. He died while be­ing treated at the Corn­wall Re­gional Hospi­tal.

“He was such a de­cent young man ... he was so easy to get along with,” said western Jamaica-based sports jour­nal­ist Craig Oates.

“I am re­ally sad­dened by this killing.”

PURSE SNATCHER

And while down­town Mon­tego Bay was quiet for the most part, with most of the busi­ness dis­trict bat­tened down and the streets all but de­void of life, there was high drama when a po­lice­man out­sprinted and held a rob­ber who had stolen a bag from a tourist.

Shortly af­ter 1 p.m., two tourists were sight­see­ing in the vicin­ity of the KFC restau­rant in the heart of the city when they were at­tacked by two hood­lums, one of whom snatched a bag from one of the vis­i­tors.

A po­lice­man who was on foot pa­trol saw what was hap­pen­ing and chased the rob­ber with the bag. Af­ter a brisk sprint, the po­lice­man caught up with the less speedy rob­ber, held him, and re­cov­ered the stolen items.

The sec­ond rob­ber made good his es­cape, al­beit empty-handed.

When the cap­tured rob­ber was taken back to the scene of his crime, the re­lieved vis­i­tors promptly iden­ti­fied both him and the stolen bag.

The rob­ber was placed in hand­cuffs and sub­se­quently taken away in a po­lice car. The po­lice­man’s ac­tion drew praise from both the vis­i­tors and the few per­sons who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent.

In the volatile Glen­de­von com­mu­nity, where gun-tot­ing gang­sters have been wreak­ing mur­der­ous havoc in re­cent weeks, there was a strong po­lice-mil­i­tary pres­ence against a back­drop of res­i­dents mak­ing last-minute re­pairs to their homes.

In other sec­tions of western Jamaica, ex­cept for the fever­ish ef­forts to get emer­gency shel­ters fully func­tional, there was very lit­tle ac­tiv­ity. Thirty-six peo­ple have taken up res­i­dence in shel­ters in West­more­land, 13 in Hanover, 25 in St James, and 65 in Trelawny.

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