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Businessman arrested, charged with murder of Glen resident

Businessman arrested, charged with murder of Glen resident

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Benjamin Jackson, a 49-year-old businessman of Glen, has been arrested and charged with the murder of 28-year-old Christopher Allan Rouse, another resident of the area.

Jackson appeared before the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday, where he was charged “with malice aforethought,” causing Rouse’s {{more}}death by stabbing him on the left side of his neck with a pair of scissors at Glen on Sunday, November, 1.

He was remanded in custody until his next scheduled hearing on January 19, 2016.

According to police, Rouse who is a labourer by profession, walked to the Glen mobile station on November 1 at approximately 4:30 a.m and reported to the police officers there that he had been involved in an altercation with another man, who had stabbed him to the left side of his neck.

Shortly after making the report, he collapsed and died at the station.

Reflecting on their last encounter, Allan’s mother, Melita Charles Rouse, said that same Sunday, her son had asked her for five dollars.

“I didn’t have the money to give him. He told me he going down at the meeting to work… This thing just raise up me pressure; I just keeping the faith.”

Describing her son as kind and loving, Rouse, who sobbed intermittently, said Allan was not a troublemaker and was kind to everyone.

“I just don’t know why. I have faith in God that he will see me and my children through,” she said, adding that it hurts a lot, especially knowing that Allan’s father was also stabbed and killed when her son was just two years old.

Marietta Richards, aunt of the deceased, said she too, is shaken up by the tragic turn of events.

“I heard he was washing down some car and [there was] some argument…,” Richards told SEARCHLIGHT.

One villager, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the village lost a good man in the deceased.

“He was handy. He was a man who you could ask to do anything. He was very friendly. He would go to anybody and assist them in anyway, whether old or young people,” the villager said.

Rouse’s death is recorded as the 23rd homicide for 2015.(AS)

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