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WHY DIDN’T ANYONE ASSIST?

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83-y-o woman chopped to death ‘Downtown’; suspect held

Kimmo Matthews

Friday, May 31, 2013

EIGHTY-three-year-old newspaper vendor Sylvia Sewell was yesterday chopped to death by a man at the intersection of Orange and Beckford streets, downtown Kingston, from where she operated for many years.

An alleged eyewitness told the Jamaica Observer that the incident happened about 7:30 am and sent other traumatised witnesses scampering in fear. The alleged attacker has since been taken into police custody

Onlookers view the body of 83-year-old Sylvia Smellie, who was chopped to death by a man in downtown Kingston, yesterday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

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“In all my life I never see anything so cruel. The woman was tending to her business when this man come there and a talk to her, then all of a sudden me hear she say ‘mi nuh have it’,” said witness, who vends in the area.

The man said what would follow next left him rooted to the spot in fear.

“The woman start walking away from him (the attacker) and him just start chop her from back way enuh!” he said.

“All when the woman drop the man go over her and a still a chop her,” said the obviously shaken man.

The incident sent the area into a renzy as people scampered about, bringing traffic in the busy commercial hub to an abrupt halt.

Yesterday, a large crowd gathered to view Sewell’s body sprawled in the middle of the road, its head partially severed.

Among the onlookers was Lorna Smellie, a friend of the slain Hannah Town woman, who wept openly.

“How can somebody look at an 80-odd-year-old woman and do her like that?” Smellie asked as she cried.

A policeman, who was standing nearby, attempted to console the woman but he, too, appeared to be overcome with emotions and used his hat to cover his face.

Meanwhile, the alleged attacker was beaten and chopped several times, before he was rescued by the police. He is now admitted to hospital under police guard.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/83-y-o-woman-chopped-to-death–Downtown—suspect-held_14380283#ixzz2UrwBl8k5

13 Responses to WHY DIDN’T ANYONE ASSIST?

  • Real says:

    a she se ROLL OUT!!!!!!!!!!

  • Real says:

    WRONG COMMENT

  • Observer says:

    mi did a wait fi ere weh happn to em caw mi noe my yawdie dem naw mek em get weh suh easy….wat a tragedy

  • Real says:

    DAT A REALLY MONEY HIM DID A LOOK FROM DI OLE OMAN?? DEN A WEH SHE COULDA A OWE HIM ..A MUS AR SON FI TRUE ….HIM DID WELL VEX

  • Cc says:

    Bwoy if nuh body did tell mi yaad a guh get suh wicked mi wudda seh a lie smfh

  • Anonymous says:

    STREET JUSTICE IS ALWAYS JUSTIFIED IN MY BOOK SERVE HIM RIGHT POOR OOMAN … MI NAW LIE INNA DUDUS REIGN THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN

  • yea probably dudus, woulda deal wid it, but who woulda deal wid dudus wen him duh fi him wrongs?
    it hard fi intervene wen yu no have a gun, dats the truth. mi jus hope the community sey whey dem knw and help the police find dis animal…fi all those who luv chat bout bun informa…….crisis mode, if you see sumting, say sumting!!!!

  • Met says:

    arcas Jamaicans need fi get ina that mode

  • Cindy Royal says:

    I think it happened too suddenly for any real assistance to be rendered to her. But Steve Brown the head of Kingston Central policing head said they guy was attacked & injured by bystanders & it took security officers from the various businesses & police officers who were close by to get the attackers off him, that’s y the shots were fired. He’s now at KPH under police guard.

  • Original Goodas says:

    WHY THE POLICE RESCUE HIM? DEM SHOULD A ACT LIKE DEM NEVA SEE WAH A GWANE

  • Original Goodas says:

    84 and still working..smh… this lady whould have since retired and home being taken care of my her grandkids and great grandkids.

  • Little Willie says:

    Rescue wha maine….cho!!
    Limb him up faas faas. Now him a waste mi tax dollar.

  • fashiondoll says:

    Will it have to get worse to get better? When will there be policy changes to help take care of the elderly and children?

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