Susan Bogle remembered as a good neighbour

June 02, 2020
A view of the structure where Susan Bogle lived in August Town, St Andrew. She was reportedly she was shot and killed in her bed.
A view of the structure where Susan Bogle lived in August Town, St Andrew. She was reportedly she was shot and killed in her bed.
Soldiers in August Town last Wednesday where 44-year-old Susan Bogle was killed.
Soldiers in August Town last Wednesday where 44-year-old Susan Bogle was killed.
A man walks by a sign in August Town, St Andrew, which underscores te residents cry for justice.
A man walks by a sign in August Town, St Andrew, which underscores te residents cry for justice.
Grace Freckleton mother of the late Susan Bogle.
Grace Freckleton mother of the late Susan Bogle.
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Akera Davis

Star Writer

It has been a few days since Susan Bogle, a disabled woman, was shot and killed in her August Town, St Andrew, home. The wounds are still fresh, and looks of disappointment are stamped all over her neighbours' faces.

Florence Williams, Bogle's neighbour for more than 20 years, said the now-deceased woman was always full of praise.

"Susan was a nice young lady. She don't make any trouble. Every morning I could stay over my house and hear her saying, 'Thank you Father God to wake me up this morning to see another day.' And if I call her to do anything for me, she is always ready," said Williams.

"Right now, I'm sad because it shouldn't have happened to Susan. She is innocent, and she shouldn't die like that," the neighbour added.

Residents reported that last Wednesday, soldiers chased someone into the yard where 44-year-old Boglel lived. It is further reported that Bogle was shot multiple times and was subsequently rushed to The University Hospital of the West Indies, in the company of her son, where she was pronounced dead. The Independent Commission of Investigations has since commenced a probe, and the Jamaica Defence Force said that four soldiers who were at the scene have been removed from operational duties.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday said that he reached out to Bogle's son, Omari Stephens, to offer his deepest condolences and was moved by Stephen's statement that he did not want his mother's death "to go in vain or to be ignored".

The prime minister said he assured him that "in no way, shape, or form will there be any attempt to cover up [and] that we will seek to have justice done in this matter".

"The Government will ensure that nothing in these matters will be hidden, will be swept under the carpet, and that the social and economic status of the victim does not determine the outcome of justice," he pledged.

"I just want to know how she die and what exactly happened, so that way, I can get justice and get a sense of comfort, even though I won't get over this because she was like my child," Williams said.

Another resident, Bianca Jackson, told THE STAR that the community will not rest until there is justice for Bogle.

"Me feel bad about the inciden, and everybody feel it because she innocent. Dem say it was an accident, but it nuh sound like that to me," said Jackson.

An elderly male resident told THE STAR that Bogle was "a good girl. She always just sit around in her yard and don't trouble anybody".

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