Farmer beaten and robbed; man stabbed at public market

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Well-known farmer Twini Payne was hospitalised yesterday after receiving a severe beating from thieves who attacked him on his Newfield farm around mid-morning.

When contacted yesterday afternoon, Payne was still receiving treatment at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC). He said the two men who pounced on him were armed with guns. They demanded cash and beat him with their weapons.

At the time, Payne had an undisclosed sum of money in his vehicle which he said he handed over to the gun-toting thieves.

He told OBSERVER media, “I am still shaken up by the incident”. However, the interview had to be discontinued due to the arrival of the doctor who had to do further examination of Payne’s injuries, to include an X-ray.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, a 31-year-old man was attacked and stabbed twice in the back at the Public Market at about 6:45 a.m. on Thursday. He was rushed to the hospital and a witness reported the matter to the police. Lawmen visited the hospital where they were reportedly told that the victim sustained serious injuries and would be referred to surgery.

 The victim reportedly told investigators he had no idea why he was attacked, but that he knew his attacker from seeing him on the streets.

The suspect was later picked up for questioning.

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