Wednesday 27th February, 2019-The police officer who was held by his colleagues in the death of Nicoma Mc. Farlane remains in detention and may be charged shortly.
STRATCOM, the Communications Department of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda confirmed the man is continuing to assist police in their investigation.
All signs appeared to have been pointing to suicide, when 25 year-old Mc. Farlane was discovered by her mother on 7th February at their Freemans Village home. According to reports, at around 6 PM that day, the Jamaican woman who was new to the country was found unresponsive, with her left wrist reportedly slit and a bottle of bleach beside her.
The Emergency Medical Service was summoned and she was transported to Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. However, Mc. Farlane was pronounced dead on arrival.
Following a postmortem, investigators switched their attention from suicide to murder, since a government pathologist determined the woman died from strangulation.
Reports are the police officer was subsequently detained.
Nicoma Mc. Farlane’s death is the first homicide recorded in the country for 2019.