BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – AFTER more than 16 months of investigation into the death of 36-year-old Kassim Buchannan, police have charged a male resident of Sandy Point with Murder.
A police press release stated that 34-year-old Kimba Whattley of St. Paul’s was charged yesterday (Dec. 31) for the August 20, 2018 incident.
Buchannan, who formerly resided at Farms Housing Development in Sandy Point, was at the time of his demise living with his girlfriend in a house within an alley that connects Nevis Street and College Street Ghaut.
Police had reported that at about 6:25 p.m. on the day in question, they received a report of the incident from Buchannan’s girlfriend.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Buchannan’s girlfriend had left him at home in the morning but, on her return in the evening she found his motionless body in a pool of blood.
An electrical device (transformer) was found at the scene, which was believed to be the weapon used in committal of the crime.
Police also said that Buchannan “had visible signs of trauma to his body”. This media house however learnt that he was stabbed to death.
He was pronounced dead by the District Medical Doctor who visited the scene.
On Thursday, August 21, 2017, Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Valery Alexandrov conducted a post mortem examination on Buchanan died body and concluded that death was as a result of multiple homicidal blunt force injuries combined with multiple stab wounds.
Prior to that fateful evening, Buchannan had three close shaves with death during 2017.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, a number of gunmen had opened fire on a vehicle in which he was traveling and his mother was struck in her hand, while the other occupants, including a small child, were unhurt.
Three days later, he was again targeted by gunmen who discharged several rounds at the home he shared with his mother.
In November, while Buchannan was walking towards Dieppe Bay to attend a court hearing, an armed man fired several shots as he chased him along the Island Main Road. Buchanan however managed to escape unscathed.