It was only two years ago that August Town was celebrating 365 days without a murder. Fast-forward and the same community is on edge following multiple murders since the start of the year.
One resident of the community who wanted to remain anonymous told The STAR that a don said he wants 100 men killed in reprisal for the murder of his son, who was killed last year.
“Me a hear seh him point out seh him nuh business a who, but people a go dead,” the source said.
However, Inspector Stephen Taylor of the August Town police told The STAR that they heard rumours, however, he does not think they are true.
“That was said but I am yet to say that there is any truth in that … to me, it was just a rumour to scare people. It is a scare tactic,” he said.
Taylor said that the ongoing war in the community is about land. He added that this issue has plagued the community for years.
“August Town over the years has this problem where people want to capture areas, and what is happening now is that a lot of people are returning from prison and they want back the area in which they have left,” he said.
He said that men from the Hermitage, Jungle 12 and Bryce Hill areas are at war, and, as such, when one is killed from one area, there is reprisal.