Raped and butchered

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Valerie Thompson

Shamir Brown – Trelawny

A third man is being sought by the Trelawny police in connection with last Thursday’s brutal slaying of 59-year-old farmer, Valerie Thompson, affectionately called ‘Miss P’ of Parnassus district, Clarks Town, in the parish.

Miss Thompson’s partially nude body was discovered by family members on a section of her farm with its head severed and fingers missing. She is suspected to have been raped before she was butchered by her assailants.

The family had started a search for her when she did not return at a specific time from her farm.

Investigators say two men are already in custody after they were picked up on Friday, but according to Acting Police Chief for the parish, Deputy Superintendent Winston Milton, charges are yet to be laid against the men. One of the men was allegedly attacked by residents and chopped in an act of reprisal and is said to be in hospital under police guard.

 Crime sleuths say they are following strong leads into the incident, which has plunged the community of Clarks Town into a state of sadness.

The family is beside itself, with grief for a woman whom they describe as hardworking, humble and jovial.

Speaking to her daughter, Tamara Chin, she related that her mother was a simple farmer who gave away most of the things she grew because that was her kind nature. She related that her family is having a tough time dealing with the situation. “The feeling is hard to explain, I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, and it’s just very hard to explain,” she remarked as she tried to put into words the effect the murder of her mother has had on her.

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