Sun | Dec 5, 2021

Elderly female farmer chopped to death

Published:Tuesday | October 19, 2021 | 12:08 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Residents in the quiet farming community of All Sides, near Warsop, in Trelawny, are still struggling to come to grips with the brutal murder of an elderly female farmer, who was found dead in her bed with multiple chop wounds on Sunday night.

The victim, who has been identified as 76-year-old Violet ‘Eggie’ Walcott and who shared her house with her grandson, is the 13th person to be murdered in Trelawny, the least violent of the four western parishes, since the start of the year.

When The Gleaner visited All Sides, several members of the community were seen outside Walcott’s home discussing the murder.

According to police officers investigating the incident, the woman’s 26-year-old grandson told them that about 10:30 p.m., he left his grandmother lying in bed and went to a nearby bar, where he spent some time.

He reportedly said that when he returned home at approximately 11:30 p.m., he found Walcott lying in bed with multiple chop wounds to her head and raised an alarm.

When the police arrived at the location, they transported Walcott to the Falmouth Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The grandson was taken into custody for further questioning.

Residents said that Walcott had suffered a stroke several years ago and had been confined to her bed and, as such, was basically only in contact with her immediate family.

An elderly man, who identified himself as Kenneth Bailey, said he had ended his common-law relationship with Walcott after no longer feeling comfortable at the home.

Bailey said Walcott was a hard-working woman, who built the house in which she lived without any financial assistance from anyone.

He expressed sadness at her gruesome end, hoping that the culprit will be caught.

hopeton.bucknor@gleanerjm.com