JAMAICA: Landlord killed by tenant in rent money dispute in Kingston


A tenant has been taken into custody following the killing of a landlord at Venables Crescent in Kingston 11, on Saturday morning.

The dead landlord has been identified as Patrick Newby, a 36-year-old shopkeeper from the same address.

Police said about 7:30 am, Newby and his tenant got into an argument over rent money owed.

The argument got heated, and it was alleged that the tenant armed himself with a knife and the landlord armed himself with a cutlass.

Police said residents of the area intervened to quell the confrontation, but in the ensuing commotion, Newby was stabbed in the chest.

The landlord ran and collapsed along the roadway and was immediately assisted to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), where he was pronounced dead.

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  1. Looks like we are not far from something like that happening.

    Do you know that after all this time, Antigua still does not have a Rent Commissioner? The Dept for Consumer Affairs is giving all kinds of shady excuses why there isn’t one appointed.

    In the meantime, landlords are just raising their rents because they could do so without any reprisal, and without following the Act which says major repairs must be done to justify the increase. Some landlords are putting on large increases up to 25% and 30% on their rents. The worst seems to be those landlords who have properties in areas where students are looking for accommodation.

    Where there is no law and regulation, there will be turmoil. Too many tenants are being mistreated by landlords. The Ministry responsible for this must act very fast to avoid a similar Jamaica incident.

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