Man of un­sound mind be­heads el­derly taxi op­er­a­tor

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ro­mario Scott Gleaner Writer ro­mario.scott@glean­

A MAN said to be of un­sound mind last night had his home set ablaze after be­ing ac­cused of grue­somely killing a well­known el­derly taxi op­er­a­tor in a small, in­for­mal sec­tion of Hague, Trelawny, yes­ter­day evening, shortly after 4 p.m.

The po­lice say Tep­ton Wal­ters, 70, was mend­ing a fence at home when he was at­tacked and chopped all over his body by Rayon Tom­lin­son, the al­leged per­pe­tra­tor.

The po­lice told The Gleaner that dur­ing his at­tack, Tom­lin­son used a ma­chete to com­pletely sever the head of Wal­ters.

The po­lice said Tom­lin­son fled the scene with the sev­ered head.

Up to press time yes­ter­day, the po­lice main­tained that Tom­lin­son was still at large.

The des­per­ate howls from Wal­ters alerted res­i­dents to the un­speak­able tragedy, but it was too late.

“While he (Tom­lin­son) was com­mit­ting the act, the neigh­bours threw stones at him and he ran away in the bushes with the head,” said Ralph Med­ley, an in­spec­tor sta­tioned at the Clarks Town Po­lice Station in the parish.

Med­ley, who was on the scene of the tragedy, said he could not say what had trig­gered the grisly at­tack.

“All we know at this point was that Wal­ters’ ve­hi­cle was parked in his drive­way and he was mend­ing the fences when he was at­tacked. We can­not say what caused it,” he fur­ther said.

He said the po­lice would con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tions to glean more de­tails.

The in­spec­tor dis­closed that res­i­dents were cut-up about what had taken place, not­ing that Wal­ters had had a pos­i­tive im­pact the lives of many in and around the com­mu­nity.

As the irate res­i­dents set Tom­lin­son’s res­i­dence ablaze, some promised to “do him worse than what he did to the old man”.

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