Sherma

Sherma Francis

TWO people, including a woman, have added to the country’s murder toll.

The latest killings took place in Biche and Blanchisseuse, taking the country’s murder toll for the year so far to 263 compared to 331 for the corresponding period last year.

The deceased have since been identified as Sherma Francis and Barry Boxhill.

Francis, 54, was with a group of friends near the Charuma recreation ground shortly before midnight when people began firing on them from a passing car.

Francis was shot twice in the abdomen and died at hospital.

Not long before, there had been an argument involving a group of men and some of the people Francis was liming with.

The men left, promising to return.

In the second incident, police said Boxhill’s body was found down a precipice in Blanchisseuse on Saturday.

Police said a passer-by detected a stench and, upon investigating, saw Boxhill’s semi-decomposing down the precipice in an area known as Christophene Field. He lived Bon Air Gardens, Arouca.

Boxhill, police said, appeared to have been shot in the head.

Investigating officers said the discovery was made around 4 p.m., after which Northern Division and detectives from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations were contacted.

With the assistance of personnel from the Defence Force, police were able to remove the body.

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