Dad Tells Tale of How His Daughter was Slain in Tragic Murder-Suicide


The father of Roulene Clarke Gowans, who was shot and killed by her estranged husband in front of their 12-year-old daughter yesterday morning, is describing his daughter’s killer as insane.

After shooting his wife to death, Patrick Gowans, then turned the gun on himself. Both Mr and Mrs Gowans worked for the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) as correctional officers.

Melford Clarke says his daughter was married for fifteen years and was being abused by her husband.

Mr. Clarke broke down yesterday during an interview on Nationwide @ 5 with Tyrone Reid. He says his granddaughter, who witnessed the tragedy, tried to stop her father from hurting her mother.

Melford Clarke, the father of Roulene Clarke Gowans, who was shot and killed by her estranged husband, in front of their twelve-year-old daughter, yesterday. The tragic incident happened along Woodpecker Avenue off Waltham Park Road in St Andrew.

Meanwhile, Head of the St Andrew South Police, Superintendent Gary Francis, says his team is reaching out to the family to provide counseling. The Superintendent also sought to explain how the tragic incident unfolded.

Psychologist, Dr. Karen Carpenter, says there’s a need to re-examine how we are socialized to operate in romantic relationship.

Statistics from the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, CCU, show that up to yesterday, there’ve been 24 reported cases of suicide this year. That’s a 40 percent increase over the corresponding period last year when there were 14 reported cases of suicide.

According to the CCU, since the start of the year, there’ve been 3 reported cases of murder-suicide.


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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