Sib­ling stumped as 13-y-o brother ques­tioned in mom’s mur­der

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - BY HO­RACE HINES

BERK­SHIRE, West­more­land — Mi­cai Stone has been in a state of be­wil­der­ment since Wed­nes­day night when he found out that his beloved mother, 48-year-old farmer Pa­tre­nia Mcdon­ald, died as a re­sult of mul­ti­ple stab wounds she re­ceived at her home.

To make mat­ters worse, his brother, a 13-year-old St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School stu­dent, has been taken into po­lice cus­tody for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with his mother’s grisly mur­der.

Speak­ing to the Ja­maica Ob­server last night, head of the West­more­land po­lice, Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mcken­zie re­vealed that about 8:30 pm, the po­lice were alerted that a woman had been in­jured at a house in Berk­shire, Bethel Town, West­more­land. The po­lice re­sponded and learnt that about 7:15 pm the woman, later iden­ti­fied as Mcdon­ald, had been stabbed mul­ti­ple times by an at­tacker while in her bed­room.

The po­lice later learnt that she had been at home with her 13-year-old son when the the at­tack oc­curred.

“Mcdon­ald was taken to hos­pi­tal where she was sub­se­quently pro­nounced dead and the son taken into cus­tody,

and is be­ing ques­tioned, based on pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Mcken­zie said.

The news of his mother’s death has stumped Stone, who lives with his pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents a short dis­tance away from where his par­ents and 13-year-old brother live in the nor­mally quiet farm­ing com­mu­nity.

“I was here when they came and told me that some­thing hap­pened to my mother, and I went to her home and found her body. She was in her room on the floor,” the trau­ma­tised Stone said. “I was told that some­one tried to rob her, that it was at­tempted rape, and then I heard it was my brother who did it.”

But Stone said that his younger sib­ling has never shown any signs that he could do an act such as this.

“He has never shown any signs of be­ing a vi­o­lent per­son. My brother was al­ways a calm in­di­vid­ual, play­ful, so I don’t un­der­stand where all this is coming from,” the griev­ing young man said.

“This has left me in a state of awe. I am shocked, I can’t be­lieve that this is hap­pen­ing.”

(Photo: Ho­race Hines)

The house in which Pa­tre­nia Mcdon­ald was killed Wed­nes­day night.

Mi­cai Stone and his mother, Pa­tre­nia Mcdon­ald, who was found dead at her home Wed­nes­day night.

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