On Friday night a resident of Independence was savagely mauled by vicious dogs while coming home at around eleven thirty from a fishing trip. The attack happened on a deserted stretch of road which connects the lagoon to a residential area known as Malacate. Twenty-three year old Jeffery O’Brien was bitten all over his body. He was found shortly after by the owner of the dogs, but bled to death by the time he was taken to the Independence Polyclinic. There is some measure of sensationalism to the story after reports that the vicious dogs are owned by Minister Joy Grant, who has a home in Malacate near where the attack occurred. Today News Five went looking for answers and Mike Rudon has the story.
Mike Rudon, Reporting
This is the exact spot where twenty-three year old Jeffrey O’Brien was attacked by dogs as he headed home from a fishing expedition in the nearby lagoon. Apparently it was a trip the young man would often take late at night. But on this night he was attacked by as many as four dogs who rushed him in the dark.
Jennifer O’Brien, Mother of Deceased
“The Police find the net and the bicycle and the fish weh he gawn fishing cause he had wah net weh he ketch fish. He always go deh go fishing and I always used to scold da lee bwoy and he no listen. I always used to tell ah bout dah lagoon long time but children today day noh listen sir.”
Just minutes after the attack the victim was found by seventeen year old Wilson Matute who called the Police…they rushed him to the Polyclinic but within seconds of arriving there Jeffery O’Brien went into shock from loss of blood. Doctors attempted to resuscitate him but it was too late. The pictures are too graphic to be shown here, but the young man was bitten all over his face, neck, shoulders and legs. One of his arms was almost ripped from his body by the savage attack.
“I was sleeping in my bed when I heard my son call my other son and tell him that they got a report from the Police that they found his brother dead. So we went to the Polyclinic and when we went there he was already dead.”
The property bordering the stretch of road on which O’Brien was killed is owned by Minister Joy Grant. This is the Minister’s home, and this small cement structure is the home of Wilson Matute, the caretaker of the property. This morning we saw two dogs in Grant’s yard, tied under the house, while near the caretaker’s home we saw more dogs. But although the dogs are used to protect Grant’s property, they belong to Matute. He has allegedly accepted responsibility for the incident.