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Killed over fruit

KINGSTON — A festered dispute over the naseberry fruit, which is anything but scarce in the lush, rural community of Victoria Town in South Manchester is apparently the reason behind the brutal murder of one resident on the weekend.

Berris Thompson’s headless corpse was reportedly found beside his charcoal kiln about 7 a.m. Saturday.

His common-law wife Marva Simpson told the Jamaica Observer that about three weeks ago a man from the same area threatened Thompson because he prevented him from picking naseberries on a property belonging to his relatives.

“He threatened to chop him up and chop off his head,” she said.

A detective attached to the Asia Police Station confirmed that the accused man is now in custody and is being treated as a suspect in the incident.

Janice, a sister of Thompson, said she heard the uproar at the time the initial threats were made.

That is why, she said, when her brother later related to her the threats that were made on his life, she encouraged him to report the matter to the police.

She claimed that Thompson’s nephew was always with him at the charcoal kiln when he made his early morning visits.

On Saturday, however, he was there alone, said Thompson.

His nephew who reportedly stumbled upon the headless corpse. (Observer)

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