Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Antiguan officer arrested in connection with death of Jamaican woman

A police constable was arrested in Antigua on Tuesday on suspicion of murder.

The arrest came after the autopsy on the body of a Jamaican woman determined that she died from strangulation and not suicide, as the scene of her death suggested.

The deceased has been identified as Nicoma MacFarlane, 25, who was found dead on February 7. She was a Jamaican national who had relocated to Antigua last year. 

The officer in question, who was already on suspension for a matter unrelated to McFarlane’s death, was picked up hours after the autopsy results were made available to the police.

Indications are that investigators were suspicious from early, based on information received after the body was found with the left wrist slit in two places and an empty Clorox bottle.

The victim’s mother had reportedly left McFarlane at home in a normal state in the morning, but returned from work in the evening to find her bleeding and slumped in a chair. McFarlane was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Based on the scene of her death, suicide initially seemed to have been the cause, considering some months earlier she had reportedly made worrying posts on social media.

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