A 51-year-old farmer is now dead after being beaten to death by his nephew over plantains.
The dead man has been identified as Aubrey Jonas, also known as “Badja,” a farmer of Phoenix, Leguan.
According to the 23-year-old niece of the deceased, she observed the suspect enter the now dead man’s farmland and picked some plantains.
Shortly after, Jonas came out the backdam with a cutlass in his hand and asked his nephew, who gave him permission to pick the plantains.
It was reported to investigators that the deceased then said, “you touch the plantains, and you gone see wa gon happen to you.” As a result, an argument ensued, and subsequently, they both left and went their separate ways.
Shortly after, the suspect armed himself with a knife and went to the Phoenix Koker and sat. As the deceased was walking past him heading into the village, they started arguing again.
The now-deceased then lashed the suspect with his cutlass on his leg. This resulted in the suspect going into his mother’s yard and arming himself with a piece of wood, which he used to deal several lashes to the victim’s head, resulting in injuries.
The suspect then made good his escape on foot. Jones was picked up by his niece – who had videoed what transpired – and others and taken to Leguan Cottage Hospital.
While being treated for his injuries, the victim eventually succumbed about 16:00 hours.
At about 17:00 hours, acting on information received, police went to an abandoned house in Phoenix Leguan, where the suspect was contacted, told of the allegations, and arrested.
The deceased’s body is presently lying at the Leguan Cottage Hospital Mortuary, awaiting a Post Mortem Examination (PME). Investigations underway.