Residents of Gross Point, St. Mark’s awoke on the morning of Wednesday October 7, to news of an incident that no community likes to be identified with. The lifeless body of Dennis Mc Phie was discovered hanging from a mango tree not far from the house where he lived.
Mc Phie, a father of two in his early forties is reported to be from Gouyave, St. John’s but lived in a house at Gross Point as a companion to an elderly woman.
The story goes that the elderly is presently vacationing in England but her adopted daughter who has recently returned from studying abroad was very disapproving of his presence in the house and they were constantly at loggerheads.
Neighbours claim Mc Phie and the younger lady were always in some form of conflict and that the day before his apparent suicide police had visited the house looking for him but he was not there at the time.
Friends of the deceased man also say he hung out with them up to almost midnight on Tuesday and they were shocked to learn of his death early the next morning.
It appears, neighbours say, that mc Phie, a solid waste worker, was under considerable stress since he was unable to work for as while due to a hand injury he had sustained coupled with the difficulty of his living situation.
Some even speculate that based on what they had heard, he may have put some foreign substance into the food of the young lady hence the reason for the police visit.
Mc Phie is being described by people who knew him as a normally calm, quiet person, not known to be offensive to anyone and not aggressive or violent in any way.
Police are conducting investigations and up to press time there was no official statement from the police.