FULL STORY: Tragic end
A?YOUNG?MAN?fleeing the scene of a robbery was knocked down and killed by a motor car on a bloody Saturday night that also registered the brutal stabbing death of a teenaged boy in a South Coast nightclub.
Police were kept busy on a day that Holder’s Hill, St James resident Edna Sandiford, just three weeks short of her 90th birthday, was struck in the afternoon by a Transport Board bus on the Princess Alice Highway.
The mother of three – all of whom reside in England and had planned to be part of her birthday celebrations – passed away a few hours later at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Her daughter Cynthia, who arrived from Croydon last Thursday, never got the chance to reunite with her mum, a long-standing resident of Durants Village.
“It’s a real shock to the entire family,” Cynthia said.
“Both my brother Delbert and my sister Molly were coming home to salute Mummy on her 90th birthday. Mummy loved to keep busy and was in town shopping; but I am not sure what happened.”
The bus was driven by Clair Hinds of Bush Hall, St Michael.
In the other incident Saturday, Dario Cummins, a former soldier, was fatally struck by a car after he and another man had allegedly executed a robbery at Beauty Exchange in the Essco Building in Wildey, St Michael.
The two were said to have held the owner at gunpoint, demanding money. Shots were reportedly fired at the owner and a bystander.The robbers escaped on foot, heading along Wildey Park (in the direction of Automotive Art).
It was on that getaway dash that the 22-year-old Cummins, a former Deighton Griffith Secondary student, was struck by a vehicle and died on the spot, at the side of the road.
A ski mask, a gun and an undisclosed sum of money were recovered from the crime scene. When a DAILY?NATION team visited the Cummins family at Evergreen Drive, Wotton, Christ Church, his mother was too distraught to speak and an aunt politely refused to comment.
Meantime, the murder list for 2012 now stands at four, with the death of 19-year-old Javon Layne, who was stabbed in the heart after an altercation with another man in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, following a fete at the After Dark Courtyard.
Layne’s mother Jennifer Small told the DAILY?NATION that this was the most difficult experience she had to endure.“This is rough, but I am still going to work tomorrow [today],” she said. “I have to deal with it and this is not the best time to stay home.“My boy would defend himself if there was trouble, but he was a good boy. He was brought up in the church, raised by his grandmother and was very respectful to the elderly.”
A product of Ellerslie Secondary, Layne, who resided in Grazettes New Road, St Michael, was a porter at Turtle Beach Hotel and attended night classes at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
Inspector David Welch, the police’s public relations officer, said the police have launched an islandwide hunt for Cummins’ accomplice and Layne’s killer.