By Michael Jordan
Marva Usher was a very worried woman. Her son, 25-year-old taxi driver Edward Whinfield, had visited her in late December 2009 for a family ‘get together’. He had left at around 22:00 hrs for home. Since then, no one had seen or heard from him.
His brother, Jermaine Whinfield, had gone to Edward’s Blue Berry Hill home on January 1, 2010, to collect his brother’s car, but there was no sign of Edward or the car.
Later that day, someone told Jermaine that they had seen the vehicle near Bamboo Turn, a bushy area in Wisroc.
Fearing the worst, Jermaine Whinfield and other relatives, travelled to the area. The car was indeed there, and so was Edward. He was lying face down on the ground. He was shirtless and barefoot, and someone had bashed in the back of his skull.
The taxi driver’s beige-coloured Toyota AT192 was a few yards away. The speakers and a Discman were missing, as well as the victim’s mobile phones. The back seat of the vehicle was blood-stained.
A search of the slain man’s home revealed a blood-soaked mattress. There was also a blood trail from the bedroom to the hallway
Jermaine’s relatives concluded that the persons who killed Edward Whinfield bludgeoned him in his home and then took the dead man in his own car to Bamboo Turn, some six miles away.
And Jermaine Whinfield believes that he knows why his brother was slain.
In early December, two gun-toting men had held up the staff at the Wismar Post Office and made off with $7M.
Police received word that Whinfield had driven the getaway car. He was detained briefly, but the investigators were unable to find any evidence linking him to the robbery,
But the suspicion is that Whinfield was indeed the getaway driver. It is believed that someone in the gang stole a portion of the loot. Suspicion is believed to have fallen on Whinfield and this may have led to the gang murdering him.
Acting on this information, police arrested an ex-cop, a doctor’s son, his girlfriend, and her mother.
The ex-policeman and the physician’s son were all associates of the slain man.
According to reports, the former cop was implicated before in criminal activities at Linden, including the gang-rape of a young woman from the bauxite community.
The girlfriend of the physician’s son was employed at the Wismar Post Office and was among the staff members who were detained after the robbery occurred.
However, police were forced to release the suspects after failing to link them to Edward Whinfield’s murder.
To date, police still don’t know who killed the young taxi driver and dumped him at Bamboo Turn.
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