Lawyer slain, JDF husband the suspect

Friday, December 14, 2018

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TWO children are now motherless after their father reportedly stabbed their mother to death at their West Kirkland Heights apartment yesterday.

The body of attorney Nordraka Williams Burnett was found lying on a bed with multiple stab wounds by police who forced their way into the room in which her husband had locked himself approximately 10:00 am.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Gary Griffiths, who is in charge of Police Area Five, told the Jamaica Observer that the children — eight and three years old — were removed from the apartment by relatives.

Griffiths said Williams Burnett's husband, who is in his 30s and is a serving member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), was being treated for depression.

According to the police, Williams Burnett was head of conveyance at the law firm operated by well-known attorney Christopher Townsend.

“She was a valued member of staff and our close family member,” a WhatsApp message quoted Townsend as saying yesterday.

Williams Burnett's friends expressed shock and disappointment at her untimely death in an outpouring of sadness on her Facebook page.

“Childhood friend lost. A colleague gone. This day has broken me. Goodbye Nordraka Williams-Burnett, old friend...” one post read.

One of her church sisters posted: “Your last dance... RIP Nordraka... join with the angels and dance before your king.”

Another church sister posted: “I am in disbelief, Sip - McDonald Lane New Testament Church of God”.

A JDF release yesterday evening expressed regret at the tragic incident.

“The JDF offers sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the late Mrs Nordraka Williams Burnett, and stands ready to support the police investigation into the matter,” the release stated.

It also stated that the police were summoned to the location by neighbours who became aware of a situation at the home that aroused their suspicion.

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