By: Gavincia Clarke
(GINGERLAND, NEVIS)- Residents of the small quiet community of Hickman’s Village, Gingerland were awakened early this morning Friday, December 27, 2013 by the sounds of what they thought to be gunshots.
News quickly surfaced that a man who is said to be in his early 60’s, Randolph “Scott” Butler was dead. Butler’s body was found lying motionless on the ground outside of his home. Workers of the Nevis Electricity Company (NEVLEC) were called to the scene to disconnect the electricity from his home, since early reports were that he was electrocuted.
Police Officers of the Criminal Investigation Department were present on the scene and after a closer examination of the body, officers observed a pool of blood and gunshot injuries. It is alleged that he had been executed. The story behind this gruesome murder got worst when it was discovered that his attacker(s) allegedly tried to burn the body.
Villagers said that they heard about three (3) gunshots sometime after 2:00 a.m. this morning. However, it was not until day break, sometime minutes to 7:00 a.m. that the body was discovered by a female while on her way to work. She immediately alerted other neighbors.
According to a male who got close to the crime scene, it appears that the victim was called out of his house and as he made his way through the back door he was shot in his chest. His body collapsed outside of the back door. His attacker(s) then apparently tried to burn his body. The eye witness said part of his head and shirt were burnt. A Gatorade bottle that contained gasoline was found next to his body along with shell cases.
Resident pathologist, Dr. Chandy Jacob was summoned to the scene and he pronounced the man dead. Later a Police Officer in the K-9 Unit and other officers of the Crime Scene Tech Unit visited the scene to help with the investigations.
Butler’s death has marked the tenth murder for the year 2013 on the island of Nevis.