The police last night charged one of their own with murder, just days after they picked him up following an autopsy which showed that Nicoma McFarlane was strangled and did not commit suicide as the scene was staged to suggest.
The accused has been identified as Kasroy Simon, a constable who was already on suspension for matters unrelated to this murder allegation.
Prior to charging him yesterday while he was detained at Langfords Police Station, police sources said investigators spent the afternoon recording his responses to questions about the February 7 incident at the Freeman’s Village house where the victim was living with her mother.
A senior police officer told OBSERVER media that a recommendation had been made for his dismissal some time ago, but it was never done.
McFarlene, a Jamaican national, arrived in Antigua last October and was here to assist her mother, Patricia Kenyon, who was preparing for major surgery set for February 27 this year.
But around 6:20 p.m. on February 7 the woman returned from work and found her daughter dead, with her left wrist slit in two places and an empty Clorox bottle on the dining table nearby along with a razor.
The 25-year-old was rushed to hospital in an ambulance but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The accused is said to have known McFarlene prior to her coming to Antigua and the two were close friends, reportedly, until he allegedly refused to accept her rejection of his desire to take their relationship to another level.
Attorney Leon Chaku Symister, who is advising the dead woman’s family, said their relationship was platonic but became dangerous and obsessive.
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