Monday, February 19, 2018

Woman, 74, stabbed to death

EVERY Sunday morning Janice Heath ensured she was present at her neighborhood’s Kingdom Hall to fellowship.

It was her absence from service yesterday that caused Heath’s friends to realise something was wrong.

Heath, 74, was found stabbed to death inside a bedroom at her Delhi Street, St James home yesterday.

Her throat was also slit.

There were no signs of breaking and entering at the house but detectives are working on the theory that Heath’s murder was a robbery gone wrong.

According to police reports Heath was last seen alive around 9 p.m. on Saturday.

She lived at the Delhi Street house alone since her husband passed away last year.

Heath, a Jehovah Witness, was notably absent from church yesterday.

Her friends unsuccessfully called her phone several times following her absence.

They instead called her son Neil and asked him about his mother.

Neil went to his mother’s St James home and found the front door ajar.

He discovered a trail of blood leading from the kitchen to a bedroom.

Inside the bedroom Neil found his mother dead.

Snr Supt Ishmael David and Sgt Beard visited the scene yesterday.

Heath’s death has pushed the country’s murder toll to 204 for the year according to an Express tally.

Homicide detectives are continuing investigations.

—Joel Julien