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    Principal slain - Thugs slash throat - Was Crown witness in murder case
    published: Tuesday | August 23, 2005

    Devon Evans, Gleaner Writer

    THE BLOODSTAINED books inside the library and a trail of blood which ran from the room to the main corridor of Boscobel Primary School told a chilling tale of the last moments of principal Manning Marsh who was killed yesterday.

    The 56-year-old headmaster, who was a resident of Three Hills district in St. Mary, was found in a pool of blood on the main corridor of the school. He had been principal since 1980.

    He was reportedly attacked shortly after 12:30 p.m. inside the school library where he had been conducting registration for the new school year. According to police reports, Mr. Marsh's throat had been slashed and he had what appeared to be a stab wound to the neck.

    CROWN WITNESS

    Residents said that Mr. Marsh's involvement as a Crown witness in a murder case may have been the reason that he was killed. Residents reported they heard a noise coming from the school shortly after 12:30 p.m., and then saw two men running from the building. Shortly after, they saw Mr. Marsh fall to the floor. However, when they went to his assistance they discovered that he was already dead.

    The police, who were called to the scene immediately, organised a search of the area for the killers but up to news time, the search had been unsuccessful.

    In the meantime, the community of Boscobel has been plunged into a state of shock at Marsh's murder.

    When word of Mr. Marsh's killing reached members of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) at their annual conference in Ocho Rios, a pall of gloom overshadowed proceedings.

    Former JTA President Wentworth Gabbidon said the killing was a great shock to all teachers.

    "There are people in this country who are cursing off the teachers, saying that they are not giving value for money, but this man was on holiday and could be elsewhere enjoying himself. Instead, he chose to be at school and was killed for his dedication," Gabbidon said.

    Meanwhile, residents of Boscobel claim that Mr. Marsh had been getting several death threats, through letters and telephone calls, which he had reported to the police. They claim that his life could have been saved if the police had acted expeditiously.

    Angela McTaggart, the Constabulary Communication Network's liaison officer for St. Mary, confirmed that Mr. Marsh had been a Crown witness in a murder case.

    JURY DISMISSED

    "The case had begun in 2002, and the empanelled jury had almost reached a verdict when a juror was approached by someone who wanted to offer a payment of some kind. The court was informed, and the judge dismissed the jury, and had planned to restart the case," said the police spokesperson. "That did not happen during the last session of the Circuit Court in St. Mary, because the investigating officer had been overseas on vacation leave."

    The accused is currently in custody in relation to that murder case.

    When The Gleaner visited the Boscobel Primary School yesterday, a teary-eyed vice-principal of the school, Felories Johnson-Mighty, struggled to find words to describe the killing and its likely effects on the start of the new school year.

    "We are all traumatised by this brutal act of murder. Mr. Marsh was an easy-going person who tried not to offend anyone and I do not know why he should receive this awful death," she said.
    u so fake, even China denied mekking u

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    Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

    ...boy di man dem wicked bad...there was a move a foot to have the pre trial statements of witnesses accepted in court as sworn evidence if the witness died prior to trial...wonder where that is now
    When its hot in the jungle of peace I go swimming in the ocean of love.....

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    • #3
      Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

      No witness protection either. Poor man. May he rest in peace, and both his killers and the accused get what they deserve.

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      • #4
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        where is all those who cwas blaming poor people for not coming forward with information?
        I notice that they are Missing (at least the side of their mouths that spew the ninsense).
        Join me as members of the church of LOVE,and let us change the world, one good deed at a time.

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        • #5
          Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

          Originally posted by Dr.Dudd:
          [qb] where is all those who cwas blaming poor people for not coming forward with information?
          I notice that they are Missing (at least the side of their mouths that spew the ninsense). [/qb]
          Seems to me those people you speak of are not the problem here,it`s all too easy to focus anger in the wrong direction,it doesnt serve any obvious purpose in being cavalier with the real reasons why murders like these continue to flourish un-abated,neither does it serve any purpose in venting anger at "soft" options,especially those who have nothing to do with the crime.
          bigger badder and browner !

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          • #6
            Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

            The problem lies in that the murders continue unabated. The problem lies where JUSTICE is impeded by a few cowards and get away with it...like to kill the Witness is the heroic thing to do.
            No regard for his status...no regard that he the victim is a headmaster of a school that caters possibly to the murderers children.
            The p[roblem lies that the people in power hav no clue nor no will to stop the mindset that takes murdering a man no different than plucking a fowl for Sunday dinner.
            Let freedom and peace abide, the sun shine, and your love beside me with you everytime.

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            • #7
              Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

              : [img]/forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] :
              <span style="font-style: italic">If it must choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas</span>..John Cocteau.

              <span style="font-weight: bold">all the lonely people, where do they all come from?</span>

              <span style="font-style: italic">IGNORE A TROLL, di TROLL LOSES</span>

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              • #8
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                I can't believe the inconsistencies I am seeing from some posters....and What is it, who decides when it is OK to blame the 'witnesses' and when to blame the murderers?
                When Mr businessman was murdered,the consus was about the cowardice of the witnesses,as the reason,but now that another black witness is murdered,it is not appropriate to discuss the implications of why it is not healthy to be a witness to violent crimes in the country.
                And anout the 'status' of the man!,
                Does that make it more important to solve the the pandemic of murders,because of his status?
                Isn't it your intrest to find a solution,or is it to stroke each other's ego?
                Will your stating how bad the crime situation in the country everytime another murder is reported assist or improve the problem?
                cant you see for once that it is not about discussing the crimes that the solution will come,but in throwing out ideas,and having those ideas that are faulted,winnowed away until the ones that survives are proven to be the solutions?

                This for those who are not aware is the method group solutions are conducted.
                Yes every time the problem recur,we go in the hat and see which of the ideas,could have contributed to it,which ones would not have influenced it and which ones would have prevented it.
                That is what I am attempting to do here,because my intrest is to try to find solutions,not to make rub each others underbelly,back slapping or to talk shop.
                Join me as members of the church of LOVE,and let us change the world, one good deed at a time.

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                • #9
                  Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

                  tragic!
                  "In the world today, millions of children sleep in the streets.

                  Not one is Cuban."

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                  • #10
                    Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

                    I agree Doc Dudd. Please help me. Solutions please.
                    Let freedom and peace abide, the sun shine, and your love beside me with you everytime.

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                    • #11
                      Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

                      Mr. Marsh, the principal, was Leonie's cousin.

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                      • #12
                        Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

                        Tings a yaawd suck fi chroo. Diss man was a witness for the Crown, received death threats and was offered [apparently] NO protection.

                        Membah wha mi did type about the lady who had cum pan di TV and seh; shi had joined the witniss proteckshan programme, and nat even fi pay har har salary that they had agreed to; to avoid her going back to work where she could be seen..nat even dat was dun; and now shi sarry seh shi did jine and talk wha shi know.

                        Wha mek oono tink Juhmaica ppl seh "si an bline, hear an deaf?" Because dem know seh when di attaclapse strike, yuh will be on yuh own...: [img]/forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] : Yuh will be dealing wid di wolves aall by yuhself..a juss soh it goh..**sigh**
                        <span style="font-style: italic">If it must choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas</span>..John Cocteau.

                        <span style="font-weight: bold">all the lonely people, where do they all come from?</span>

                        <span style="font-style: italic">IGNORE A TROLL, di TROLL LOSES</span>

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                        • #13
                          Re: principa; slain in school..was Crown witness in murder case

                          Witness protection in Jamaica is a joke! It is like asking people to expose themselves to friends and relatives of the accused who may want to "do them in". Years ago when Jamaicans were more law-abiding, there was no such thing as witnesses being knocked off... The principal's murder was brutal and horrific and is an indication of the type of criminals now operating in Jamaica.

                          The sad thing is, a climate is created that frightenes away more and more would be witnesses. Murder is the most serious of crimes, and if we cant have witnesses because of fear, then it becomes a vicious circle with friends/family members murdering a witness/witnesses, which results in the killer getting off to go back to murdering others.

                          Jamaica needs to care about prospective witnesses; if they do not, crime will continue to increse in Jamaica...

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                          In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

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