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Prominent JP murdered

KINGSTON — A well-known justice of the peace was found dead in his partially razed home in what police theorised to be a murder on Syres Road, off Molynes Road, in St. Andrew yesterday.

Investigators identified the dead man as Roy Beckford, who they said was about 67 years old. Beckford was found dead by firefighters who responded to a blaze at his home about 3 p.m., police said.

Premises where Roy Beckford was found dead.

“We saw what appeared to be stab wounds on his body, and he was lying on his belly in a hallway inside the house,” said a policeman on the scene.

“We cannot say how he died or anything else related to the investigation at this time. We will have to wait on a post-mortem to say for sure what happened,” added the cop when pressed for more information.

Woman questioned

The policeman also declined to speak about the role of a woman, who was being questioned by another cop inside a police service vehicle nearby.

However, people at the scene, said the woman was the helper of another resident who lived in a separate section of the ill-fated premises. She was allegedly at the house when the fire started, one man said.

“She was around the back. Is when the flame started to come up high from the house, and we start run go in there, [that] she realised what was happening and run out,” the man said, pointing to a section of the house where the helper was said to have been washing.

The residents speculated that Beckford may have been killed by men who he, in recent months, had been inviting to his home frequently.

The men would drive to the house, said the residents. They also said that on numerous occasions Beckford was heard arguing with his guests. (Observer)

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