HIGHGATE, St Mary — The mother of a St Mary man who was shot dead after being accused of raping and chopping his daughter has defended her role in his upbringing, saying that she did not create a monster and insisting that other circumstances led to a breakdown in his general conduct.
Wayne Campbell, 40, was shot dead by police last Sunday, in Bromley (popularly known as Lewis Store), near here, after he allegedly raped one of his two daughters, aged 15, then proceeded to chop her with a machete.
Campbell, who had served time in prison on a murder charge, was shot, police said, after he menacingly attacked them and other members of the community with the offensive weapon, when they tried to rescue the wounded girl.
Campbell's mother, Yvonne Thompson, told the Jamaica Observer in a mid-week interview that the 'monster' in her son emerged while he spent 13 years in prison, for the correctional system, rather than rehabilitating him, turned him into a demon.
The grieving, yet angry mother said that had she known her son would have committed such a heinous act, she would not have helped to get him out of prison on parole.
"Mi never know him would do something like this or we would leave him a prison," Thompson stated.
"He is different since him come back," she added.
Thompson said that she brought up her five sons with Christian principles, and how Campbell got to that stage remains a surprise to the family.
Campbell, his mother said, was a hardworking and jovial individual who had a good relationship in his community before he was convicted for the murder of a man at a nightclub in Highgate and sentenced over 13 years ago.
So good was his behaviour that he was released on parole last year.
"Mi never know him could do that to him children," Thompson stated.
"Since him come here him a hug dem up and a tell them, 'daddy love unu'," said Thompson, who cared for the children since his incarceration.
Thompson said that although Campbell was her child, she has found it hard to feel any sympathy for him but was deeply pained for her grandchildren, one of whom not only suffered physical wounds, but a traumatic experience that she will live with for the rest of her life.
Thompson also revealed that the younger of the two girls was also traumatised, having witnessed the dramatic ordeal which began behind their house and ended in nearby bushes.
The rape and brutal attack on the minor was the hot topic on public transportation and in a number of business establishments in several towns and villages across St Mary last week.
"What kind of man would do something like that?" some asked openly.
Reports are that Campbell, who was said to have raped the girl earlier this year, went to his family home on Guava Road and took the child into nearby bushes where he sexually assaulted her and wounded her.
Like others, Campbell's family too is questioning what could have driven the father of two teenage girls and a son, with whom he was recently reunited, to have committed such a gruesome act.
Thompson told the Sunday Observer that she still could not understand how the man who constantly told his children that he loved them, could have hurt his eldest child in such a bizarre fashion.
His family and community were happy to have him home from prison, as villagers said that he was a great help to his mother.
His family was also happy that he would get the opportunity to be with his daughters, who were toddlers when he went to prison.
Thompson was not alone in believing that her son was a different person since his return from prison.
One man who said he knew Campbell from he was a small boy, believed that his experience in prison changed the man whom the community knew.
"Dem 13 years de mash him up," the man said.
"Him mother struggle wid the two girls when him go prison," he added.
As a result, the man said, everyone was happy when he came from prison, as he was always one to help his family.
However, he said that Campbell was not the usually sociable person, and was often withdrawn, driving fear into the young girls in the community. One woman admitted to being threatened by Campbell when she refused his advances to establish a relationship.
The man said Campbell, who often spoke about his children, stated that he preferred the elder daughter, as she was more respectful to him.
The father was often seen with his children and so nobody expected what was to come.
"He was a serious person, but him no trouble people," a community member said.
Apart from an incident in his teenage years when he reportedly cut a man following an argument, community members said that Campbell was not a violent child.
However, when he was refused entry into a nightclub some years ago, that was when many believe his tragic end started.
In February of this year, problems started after Campbell reportedly raped his elder daughter at the family home he shared with them and his parents.
He then proceeded to inflict wounds on a woman who was passing by, after the act in February and had then reportedly threatened to kill himself.
The matter was reported to the police. However, Campbell managed to evade the law enforcers until last Sunday evening.
Campbell's father, who did not want his full name to be mentioned, said that the action of his son had brought shame and disgrace on the family.
"Mi a lick out against dem things deh and fi see it come happen to mi own family...," the elder Campbell lamented.
"Him couldn't ina him right mind and do it," he added.
However, Campbell's family and community members said that apart from his being reserved, there were no signs that he suffered from any mental problem.
"Him couldn't do nothing worse to the family. Him rub the family name in the dirt," his father said.
He said that following the first incident, he encouraged his son to turn himself in to the police. However, he refused to.
Campbell's father, who was not at home during both incidents, said that had he been there, he would have died trying.
"It mind-boggling," he stated.
But it is also traumatic for Campbell's mother who was at home on Sunday but was helpless against the child she bore.
Thompson said that she had grown to fear her son since February's incident, and was even more gripped with fear when he turned up at the house last Sunday with a machete and said that he wanted to talk to his elder daughter.
"Him hug her up wid the machete a her neck. Mi say weh u a go wid her, him say him wa talk to her," Thompson said.
Thompson said that she left to call the police. A child recognising what was happening called to neighbours who came to the rescue of the teenager, but were forced to stay away from Campbell's wielding machete.
A friend of Campbell who remembered him as a jovial person said it was always his expression that "he rather dead before him go back to prison."
"Him did want fi dead," said the man, who insisted that Campbell deliberately put up resistance so that the police could shoot him.
"Him say him rather dead than go back to prison," the man reiterated.
Family and community members are now hoping for a full recovery by Campbell's daughter, and also hope that both girls will eventually get over the painful ordeal that they have been through.