West End Negril Rocked By Double Murder: Couple Found With Limbs Bound, Gunshot Wounds

Stevian Simmonds reports.

The community of West End in Negril, Westmoreland, has been rocked by a double murder and what appears to be a robbery. 

The deceased have been identified as 46-year old Italian national, Patrizia Richards, and her Jamaican husband, 49-year-old Osbourne Richards.

Following the apparent home invasion early this morning, Western Westmoreland MP, Dr Wykeham McNeill, said the State of Emergency in the parish has lost its sting.

The foreign businesswoman and her husband were found with their hands and feet bound at their home in West End Negril, after 12 last night.

The police say their bodies had gunshot wounds.

The couple’s home was ransacked.

A refrigerator and a television were apparently stolen.  

The Police also found eleven nine millimetre spent shell casings at the crime scene.

Dr. McNeill, in whose constituency the incident happened, says it’s frightening.

He says West End is a suburban community frequented by tourists and other law-abiding Jamaicans.

Dr McNeill is concerned that the enhanced security measure is no longer effective in the crime-plagued rural parish.

He says the presence of the security forces has dwindled.

And, he feels that has embolden the criminal elements operating in the space.

In the meantime, Head of the Westmoreland Police, Superintendent Robert Gordon, admits there’s been a slight increase in murders, in the western parish.

But he says the State of Emergency has led to a general reduction in murders.

Superintendent Gordon says despite the challenges the police presence remain strong throughout the parish.

Superintendent Robert Gordon, Head of the Westmoreland Police, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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