Jamaica: Mother, son chopped to death

Jamaica Observer:–  OCHO RIOS, St Ann — The gruesome killing of 33-year-old Allisha Francis and her 10-year-old son, Teco Jackson, was the main topic of discussion in Linton Park here in St Ann yesterday as residents gathered in sections of the community to talk about what they described as a “wicked act”.

Francis, Teco and her two other children, aged 12 and six years, were allegedly attacked by her ex-boyfriend about 9:00 pm Tuesday as the four were about to enter their home.

“She didn’t even open the door,” one resident said yesterday.

Francis and her two sons were chopped several times, with the 12-year-old son losing some of his fingers, residents said. Her six-year-old daughter was spared after she ran into a neighbour’s house.

Francis and her younger son were pronounced dead at hospital, while her elder son was admitted in serious condition.

“From last night mi no sleep,” another resident said.

“We always see this on news and never know this would happen in Linton Park,” one resident said, expressing shock at the killings.

Francis’s mother and her children’s father had to be taken for medical treatment after visiting the house.

The blood stains all over the yard told the gory tale.

Residents alleged Francis had broken off her relationship with the accused man about a year ago. The two reportedly had a matter before the court which was completed and both were warned to stay away from each other.

In the meantime, angry Linton Park residents have threatened to take vigilante justice if the accused man is seen in the community. However, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)Michael Smith, head of the St Ann Police Division, encouraged them not to take the law into their own hands.

SSP Smith, who visited the community with senior police officers, said the police would do everything within their power to capture the accused.

“Even if I have to import police from Kingston… we have to catch him,” SSP Smith told residents. “I don’t want anybody to do anything stupid. If you find this person, call the police,” he added.

He also pleaded with people, who may have information which could help the police capture the accused to come forward.


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