MORUGA “PH” taxi driver and lorryman Francis Sampson, who was murdered in his car, was alive when it was set on fire by his killer or killers on Wednesday near his home.
An autopsy on the charred remains, which were positively identified by Sampson’s wife, Terryann Sampson, yesterday found that smoke and soot inhalation was the cause of death.
The autopsy was performed by pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.
Sampson, 59, also known as “Ken” and “Cheapman”, of Bois Jean Jean, is believed to have been killed while seated in the driver’s seat of his white AD wagon which he used as a “PH” taxi.
The burning vehicle was found by police in Medina Trace, St Mary’s, Moruga, at around 9 a.m. with the severely-burnt body inside.
His wife said yesterday: “I am sure that is my husband’s body. I looked at his feet and toenails and his knees, and the shape of his head and I know it is him. I lived with him for more than 29 years so I know without a doubt.”
Sampson, a Ministry of Works employee, was last seen alive by his co-workers at around 8 a.m. on Wednesday when he left his work site at Moruga Road.
The father of three was described by his wife as a peaceful person who did not have enemies, and was well-known by all in the village.
She said he was looking forward to retirement next April.
Neighbours said he was always willing to drop passengers even if they did not have the taxi fare.
The couple had three children and celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on July 13.
Police suspect Sampson may have been an innocent victim of drug dealers who use the Moruga beach as a transhipment port for narcotics.
Funeral arrangements are being made for next week.
Cpl McDonald Simmons is continuing investigations.