BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Observer senior reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
'HALLO, this is a beautiful day that the Lord has made, I'm so sorry I missed you, leave me a short message and I'll be so happy to return your call. Have a God-blessed day, bye,' the cheery female on the voicemail of Rose Nesbeth's phone virtually sang yesterday.
But it was anything but a beautiful day for the now widowed woman after the horror which unfolded moments after midnight Saturday which left her husband dead.
Rose and her husband Winston Nesbeth, owners of WYS Catering Limited, returned home from what would be their last dinner together by the determination of criminals who waylaid the two, shepherded them unceremoniously into their home, injured her, then brutally stabbed and shot her husband before escaping.
As told to the Jamaica Observer by a staff member of WYS, which operates the canteen concession at this newspaper's Beechwood Avenue head office in Kingston, Nesbeth tried to escape the attackers by running towards his car, but he never made it as he was stabbed several more times, his throat sliced and then shot through the heart.
The intruder who carried out that act was the only one of the group to wear a mask, the Observer was told.
"The two who held her, cut her over the eye and took off her wedding band. She threw her handbag to them but they would not take it. They went through the house but they took nothing," the saddened staff member told the Observer yesterday.
"It is a hot death, it left everybody in the company in tears, everything has crashed, it is really painful," the young man, who was among a handful of workers left holding the fort at the concessionaire, said yesterday.
Yesterday, the Spanish Town police, who are in charge of the investigations, declined to comment when contacted by the Observer. However, the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), the communication arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, confirmed the gruesome murder to the Observer.
"Reports are that about 12:00 Sunday morning the 65-year-old and his wife had just arrived home when they were pounced upon by men armed with guns. They were robbed of jewellery and an undetermined sum of cash. Mr Nesbeth was shot and the gunmen escaped," a female officer told the Observer.