GARBAGE collectors got the shock of their lives when they discovered the battered body of a man in a barrel as they did their rounds at Conrad Lane in Kingston Gardens yesterday morning.
After beating a hasty retreat, the sanitation workers summoned the police to the scene.
When the cops arrived they found the bloodied body of Leroy 'Peter' Johnson stuffed underneath items of garbage, sheets and clothing in a barrel. Johnson lived at 37 James Street in the nearby community known as 'Spoilers' and the police also went to his home to ascertain if he was murdered there before his body was dumped in the neighbouring community.
Yesterday, as the police combed both scenes for clues, residents of James Street and Kingston Gardens gathered at both scenes and looked on glumly.
At James Street, no one heard anything untoward even though the police said there were signs of a struggle and blood spatter in Johnson's house.
"Peter was a peaceful man. We don't know why him woulda dead like that. Nobody never hear anything strange and wi frighten when wi si police come and start search him house this morning," one female resident told the Jamaica Observer.
The police yesterday took one man into custody for questioning after the barrel in which Johnson's body was found bore his name
The move drew the ire of the man's relatives and neighbours who said the police were too hasty to
cart the man off to the station without properly investigating the crime.
"Imagine di man a walk and a cuss seh somebody tek di barrel outa him yard and him neva even know seh dem stuff Peter body in it. Then one man can so stupid fi kill a man and dump him body in a barrel dat have him name and address pon it? The police should look into dat and let the man go," cursed one woman.
"But now dem tell him seh if di barrel belong to him den him must come and claim what in it," the woman added.
At Conrad Lane where the body was dumped, scene of the crime investigators took photographs and searched for clues before they removed the debris and items of clothing that were placed on top of the body in the standing barrel.
When the body was removed, it was revealed that Johnson was beaten to death and apparently died from the effects of blunt force trauma.
The residents of that section of Kingston Gardens were livid that whoever committed the crime had chosen their community as a dumping ground and used the opportunity to renew the call for the authorities to post streetlights at that section of Conrad Lane, which they say is very dark and allows for the easy disposal of bodies at night.
"Look how long wi a lobby for dem to put up streetlight there and all now dem cyaan hear wi cry? At night right there dark and lonely and anybody come dump body there. Dem soon seh is people from Kingston Gardens kill the man," one onlooker said.