Homeless man murdered in downtown Kingston

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man believed to be homeless was found dead on North Parade near Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston on Saturday morning.

Up to press time, the man, who appeared to be in his 70s, had not been identified, police said.

OBSERVER ONLINE sources said that about 6:10 am, residents reported seeing the body of the deceased and summoned the police.

On their arrival, the police saw the body lying on the sidewalk with blood on his clothing.

Police said the man was about 5ft 7in tall and clad in a blue, long sleeve shirt and army green pants with unkempt hair.

His throat appeared to be slashed.

The scene was processed and the body was removed and confirmed dead at the Kingston Public Hospital at 8:34 am.

In January 2021, four homeless people were hacked to death and two others were critically injured during an attack. Last November a man accused of some of those killings was later shot dead in an alleged confrontation with the police.

– David Dunkley

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