Friday, January 19, 2018

Man, 78, killed at home: cops seek mango thief

AN ALLEGED mango thief is currently being sought by police, in connection with the mur­der of a Morvant man near his home on Wednesday night.

Police said Bernard Duprey, 78, was found by his wife on the steps leading to his Chinapoo, Morvant, home around 9.30 p.m., with his throat slit and a wound to the back of his head.

Investigators said a few weeks ago, Duprey had an altercation with a man he found in a mango tree in his yard, stealing the fruit.

Police said Duprey threw stones at the man, hitting him in the head. The mango thief later warned the elderly man he would be killed for what he had done.

Police said on Wed­nes­day, both Duprey and his wife attended a Jehovah’s Witness service in their area but some time during the service, Duprey told his wife he was lea­ving because he wan­ted to go home and lie down.

Around 9.30 p.m. when his wife got home, she found the lifeless body of her husband and immediately contacted the Morvant Police.

Duprey’s relatives were at the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday morning.

His daughter Carmen who spoke on behalf of the family said she was at home at the time of the murder but heard nothing.

“I was at home and I saw him leaving to go to church,” she said.

She said she knew he was going to church because of the way he was dressed that afternoon, adding her father left their home to go to church first, followed by their mother who left approximately 20 minutes afterwards at 4.40 p.m. 

Bernard Duprey however got home earlier from church that night, and police believe it was during this brief time before his wife got home that his killer may have struck.

Carmen Duprey said although she was at home, because of where her bedroom is located, she heard nothing.

She said some time around 9.30 p.m., she got up with the intention of leaving home to get a meal but while walking out, she saw her mother in the yard of the house.

She said, “While walking towards my mother, I realise she’s on the phone talking to someone and she was crying, and I asked her, ‘Mammie, what happen?’ And when I asked, she replied...,‘Yuh eh see yuh father on the ground’?”

Duprey said the area was dark as she took the phone from her mother who had minutes earlier contacted the police.

She then spoke to the police officer on the other end.

“They told me to feel him to see if he was dead and found that his throat was slit, and I bend down and start to cry now when I saw him like that,” she said.

She said her father was not a bad man, just rather moody. “He had two personalities and sometimes he was humble and other times, he was rowdy,” she said.

He had eight children.

The year’s murder toll stood at 41 up to last night while the toll on January 24, 2013, was 29.

Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.