St Thomas farmer beaten and left for dead

January 19, 2021

The usually peaceful community of Rocky Point in St Thomas was left disturbed following news that a farmer in the area was beaten to unconsciousness and left for dead in a suspected robbery at his home.

The farmer, 60, who lives alone in a remote area of the community, was found by family members who had become concerned after not seeing or hearing from him for a few days.

He was found tied up and beaten, with injuries to the head, face and upper torso and in a state of unconsciousness.

"About six of his ribs are broken, his nose is broken also, and he has excess swelling to the right side of his head. We will have to do a CT scan on him," a sister of the victim said.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said that she was in Kingston when she received a gut-wrenching phone call from her son.

"When he found his uncle, he called me first and told me, and I called the police same time."

She told THE STAR that when she arrived at her younger brother's house, the police were already there and had untied and laid him on his bed.

"I can't even tell you how I felt at the time. It was like my entire world was coming to an end. He was unresponsive. He had swellings and cuts all over his head. His face was swollen beyond recognition. I started calling him by his name, but received no answer. I thought he was dead," she shared.

As she described her brother to be a "quiet man who doesn't give trouble", the woman sighed in disbelief.

"He lives in a very remote part of the community, so for someone to go out them way to do that to him makes me bitter and hurt. People are surprised at what happened to him. I am in shock. Even the nurses can't believe is him they do like that, because he doesn't give trouble and everybody knows him.

"It looks like they robbed him because I can't find two power saws (chain saws) that he keeps at the house, and my brother always has money on him and none was there when I searched."

The woman told THE STAR that her sons, especially her youngest, have been left traumatised by the incident, as his father and brother suffered a similar fate years ago in separate incidents which both ended fatally.

"He's not taking it well. It brings back too many memories. His father was robbed and killed in St Thomas, and the same thing happened to his brother a few years ago in Clarendon. He's a person of few words, so I'm real concerned about him, but as I tell myself, with God all things are possible. God sees and knows the criminals, and the Bible says that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. My brother was hurt and robbed, but God was on his side, he's not dead."

At press time yesterday, the man was still unresponsive in hospital.

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