St James man accused of setting elderly woman on fire surrenders

ST JAMES, Jamaica — A man has surrendered to the police in relation to the death of 74-year-old Evelyn Blair who died from injuries she received when she was set ablaze in Lima district, St James in April.

Charged with murder is Nickala Facey otherwise called 'Oil Mine', unemployed of Lima, in the parish. He turned himself in to the police on Saturday.

According to the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), shortly after 6:00 am on Thursday, April 25, Blair was walking in her community when it is said that Facey, who had reportedly broken into her home earlier, approached her.

The accused allegedly poured gasoline on her then set her ablaze before fleeing the crime scene.

Blair was later taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she was admitted with burns affecting 98 per cent of her body. She died on Saturday, April 27

Facey was positively identified during an identification parade on Saturday, June 8, and charged following a question and answer session yesterday.

The police said his court date will be announced at a later date.

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