Neville Tucker, a St Mary man, who was charged with stealing items from a pharmacy last year, was chopped several times and his house set ablaze in Port Maria on Wednesday morning, April 25.
Firefighters were unable to save the labourer of Rectory Street in Port Maria as his one-bedroom board house was destroyed by the blaze.
It is alleged that at about 2 a.m., residents heard Tucker crying out for help and went to investigate. When they arrived they saw his house engulfed by flames.
Despite the timely response of the police and firefighters, the structure was destroyed in the blaze. Tucker’s body, which is said to have had chop wounds, was later found among the debris. He was confirmed dead at the hospital.
A senior investigator told Jamaica Today that the police have not determined a motive for the horrific killing.
Tucker had two previous convictions for simple larceny. Last year, he was brought before the courts for stealing items from a pharmacy in Port Maria.