Another St Catherine cabbie killed
close up on a yellow taxi cab sign

Another taxi driver has been killed in St Catherine.

David Everton Bartley, otherwise called ‘Sunny’, 57, from St John’s Road in Spanish Town in the parish, was shot dead Tuesday morning, minutes after driving out of his home.

Police said about 6 am, Bartley left home for work and shortly after several loud explosions were heard.

Checks were then made, and Bartley was seen slumped around the steering wheel of his white Toyota Probox motor car, suffering what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

He was assisted to the Spanish Town Hospital by residents where he was pronounced dead.

Police were later summoned and upon arriving at the hospital, lawmen saw the body of the deceased lying on its back on a stretcher clad in a white t-shirt, black jeans pants and black sneakers.

More than four taxi drivers have been killed in St Catherine since January.

Efforts to speak with Egeton Newman, president of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), have so far proven futile.

On March 4, 2022, taxi driver Orlando Patterson, 29, from Gregory Park in Portmore in the parish, was shot and killed on Walks Road in St Catherine. The police report that explosions were heard in the vicinity of the Angels round-about about 9:20 pm and an alarm was raised.

On March 11, 2022, 48-year-old Christopher Ellis of Old Harbour Glades, St Catherine, was found shot to death on the Hellshire main road in Portmore. Ellis was found near his Toyota Probox about 8:30 pm.

On April 14, 43-year-old Mark Perry, a resident of Gilden Way, Southboro, Portmore, was shot dead by unknown assailants in Independence City.

Another taxi driver was shot dead that same day, also in Portmore.

On January 8, Christopher Hewitt, 35, of Naseberry Villa, Spanish Town, was mowed down by a car along the Dunbeholden main road in St Catherine, shortly after midnight.

BY DAVID DUNKLEY

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