Cops seek info on mur­der of Young Reg­gae Boyz doc

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer

THE PO­LICE are ap­peal­ing to per­sons who were close to slain Young Reg­gae Boyz team doc­tor Dr Martin Gar­wood to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion on any con­flict he may have had with any­one prior to his death.

Gar­wood’s body was found at his home on Kings Av­enue in Bar­bican, St An­drew, yes­ter­day morn­ing, with sev­eral stab wounds. It is be­lieved that his killer, or killers, may have been well known to Gar­wood.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Stephanie Lind­say, who is in charge of the Con­stab­u­lary Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Unit, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day even­ing that Gar­wood may have been killed by some­one he knew well as po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors did not dis­cover any signs of forced en­try to the premises.

“We don’t have any eye­wit­nesses. We sus­pect that he may have been killed by some­body he knows. We are ap­peal­ing to per­sons who are close to him to share with the Con­stant Spring de­tec­tives any bit of in­for­ma­tion you may have – whether he com­plained about be­ing in con­flict with some­body, com­plained that he was threat­ened, any­thing that they be­lieve would have caused some­body to want to kill him,” Lind­say said.

“We don’t have any leads that we are fol­low­ing just yet. The most we can say at this point is that they (in­ves­ti­ga­tors) have not seen any sign of forced en­try.”

Gar­wood, 40, did not turn up for work yes­ter­day morn­ing. This prompted co-work­ers to go to his home in search of him, where they saw blood at the premises and alerted the po­lice.

Lind­say con­firmed that A group of po­lice per­son­nel in con­ver­sa­tion while on pa­trol on Or­ange Street in down­town Kingston yes­ter­day. Gar­wood’s black CRV mo­tor car was miss­ing and said it could have been the get­away ve­hi­cle.

SHOCKED BY NEWS

Cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell, pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion, who is cur­rently off the is­land and who be­came aware of Gar­wood’s death when he was con­tacted by The Gleaner, was shocked by the news.

“Oh my God!” Bur­rell said. “I am deeply sad­dened by the tragic news of his pass­ing. This doc­tor served our youth teams on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions in his ca­pac­ity as med­i­cal doc­tor and, there­fore, he will be sadly missed. Sincere con­do­lences go out to his fam­ily and to all his loved ones, and we hope that law en­force­ment will be able to get to the bot­tom of this and bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice.”

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Sur­geons in Ja­maica has also ex­pressed re­gret at Gar­wood’s death.

“Dr Gar­wood was a tremen­dously gifted sur­gi­cal res­i­dent and med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner and the as­so­ci­a­tion was look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing him to the next year when he would have achieved full qual­i­fi­ca­tion to be a prac­tis­ing sur­geon,” Dr Mark Ne­wham, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent, said in a state­ment.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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