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Burnt inside car

SHOCK and horror gripped a quiet community in Moruga when a villager was found burnt beyond recognition inside his vehicle in a lonely track yesterday morning.

 

Francis Ken Sampson, 59, was a father of three who worked as a lorry driver with the Works Ministry and also as a private-hire taxi driver.

 

Sampson whose nickname was “Cheap Man” was well known in the village. At the crime scene, screams were heard as family and friends gazed on his skeletal remains inside the completely burnt shell of his car.

 

Investigators cordoned off Medina Trace where the vehicle was discovered. It is believed Sampson’s attacker forced him to reverse the car into the trace. According to police, at about 11 am a passer-by proceeding along the road way saw a car on fire inside the trace and contacted the police.

 

Officers including ASP Yusuff Gaffar, Inspector David Knutt, Cpl Mc Donald Simmons, PC Devon Ragbir and others visited the scene. Reports are that when the blaze was extinguished Sampson’s skeletal remains were found.

 

Eyewitnesses said that minutes before Sampson’s car was found on fire, he was seen driving along Moruga Road with a male front seat passenger. Police yesterday detained a man for questioning in connection with the killing.

 

A weeping Judy Dottin said she could not believe it when she heard that her cousin was found dead in his car. She last saw Sampson alive on Tuesday. “This is a shock to everyone. This man didn’t interfere with anyone. Who would want to kill ‘Cheap Man’? The murders have reached Moruga now,” Dottin cried. Two of Sampson’s three children reside in the United States. At the house of mourning in Bois Jean Jean, Moruga Sampson’s wife Terryann, through her tears, said she could not understand who would want to kill her husband. “He had no issues or threats.

 

He was a person who worked hard to care for his family.

 

They have robbed me of my husband and robbed his children of a father,” she said.

 

She said her husband was due to retire from the Ministry next April.

 

“We were looking forward to going to America together to spend time with our children and we spoke of that up to this morning.

 

We were supposed to go in January. He was looking forward to visiting his children in America,” Terryann said. An autopsy is expected to be done today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James. Investigations are continuing.

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