By Marion V. Ali
When residents of Edwin Parks Street in Lord’s Bank heard a man screaming for help at around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, little did they know that it was a murder taking place in their area; and police say the motive was because the victim was courting another man’s woman.
One resident told the Reporter that she peeped through her window to see what was happening, and in the darkness she could see a man slumped over in the drain and another running up the street in the distance.
Ladyville police, who were summoned to the scene, discovered the victim, Ervin Franklyn, 25, a resident of the community, in a sitting position in the drain and rushed him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with stab wounds to his lower back and armpit. Franklyn was pronounced dead on arrival.
Senior Superintendent of Police Edward Broaster, who is the regional commander for Eastern Division Rural told reporters that police have detained two suspects, one of whom has confessed to committing the murder.
People who saw Franklyn earlier on Friday night say he was spending money recklessly at a bar in Lord’s Bank and wonder if he was also robbed in the process. Broaster told the Reporter police are not certain if he was robbed.
Broaster added that the alleged “courting” took place at the bar earlier that night, and that was where the accused man saw Franklyn with his girl. Police are awaiting a directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on how to proceed with the charges.