61-y-o man charged with murder of Peter Abrahams

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Detectives from the St Andrew North Division have charged a 61-year-old man with the murder of well-known journalist and commentator Peter Abrahams.

He is Norman Tomlinson of Cyprus district in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Jamaica Observer reported on Sunday that head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell confirmed that the police were certain that they had the villain of the brutal murder of Abrahams, whose body was found at his home on Wednesday, January 18. He was 97.

The police had initially suggested that nothing was amiss, but following the autopsy there was confirmation that Abrahams was in fact murdered. The autopsy revealed that Abrahams died of blunt force, and trauma to the head, neck and chest.

Investigations by the detectives led to the arrest of Tomlinson, who was subsequently charged following a question and answer session at the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch.

Abrahams, who was born on the outskirts of the populous city of Johannesburg to an Ethiopian father and South African mother on March 3, 1919, left apartheid South Africa hastily for the United Kingdom in 1939 rather than face a trumped up charge of treason by those who ruled the mineral-rich country with iron fists.

After flirting with projects in the UK and other parts of Europe, he came to Jamaica in 1955, and, based upon archival information, returned here a year later to begin more than 60 years of residence, during which time he became a naturalised Jamaican.

A service of thanksgiving for his life was held recently in the Corporate Area.

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