Friday, January 3, 2014

Jamaica: Canadian, 53, Murdered in Her Home in St. Ann Parish

According to The Toronto Sun, a 53-year-old Canadian from Ontario was murdered earlier this week in a busy Jamaican tourist town
Shirley Lewis-McFarlane was killed sometime Monday (January 30), Jamaican Constabulary Force Supt. Yvonne Martin Daley said.
Ms. Lewis-McFarlane had been renting a home in Discovery Bay, on the north coast, over the past few weeks. Police were called to that home around 1600 hours on Monday and found her body.
Martin Daley said the case is being given “priority attention,” adding that detectives from Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, have been called in to help.
COMMENT: Our condolences and sympathies go out to the Lewis-McFarlane family.
Conflicting media reports from the island indicated that the woman’s throat may have been slashed in the attack, but police would not confirm cause of death. An autopsy has been scheduled.
Initial reports suggest that local media have reported that the victim had bruises to her face so some blunt force trauma was applied
There were no signs of forced entry into the home, suggesting that Lewis-McFarlane may have invited the assailant into her home.
St. Ann Parish, where the homicide occurred, is a tourism magnet for international travelers and is the area’s main industry.
THE TORONTO SUN has learned that Lewis-McFarlane married her second husband, a Jamaican citizen, in 2001. Since that time, she has traveled back and forth between Canada and Jamaica.
The victim was the mother of three: Jasmine, Shawn and Amanda. At least two of her family members were retired from New York state police agencies.
Foreign travelers of all nationalities should keep in mind that the US Department of State has classified the threat level for crime in Kingston as "Critical" for a number of years. Please note that "Critical" is the highest threat level in the US Department of State's four-tier system of assessing  threat on a descending level of "Critical, High, Medium and Low" threat.
Kingston should be a clue to all readers that unless you are residing in an "all-inclusive" resort, you face a "critical" risk of being hurt or killed as a result of violent crime. Living in Jamaica is not for the faint of heart.
This report will be updated as new information becomes available.