Deadly poison in a bottle of Guinness kills three in Portland


Crimes that Rocked the Nation

Sybil E Hibbert

Sunday, December 29, 2013

“GOOD morning, officer, ‘Brown Joe’ just poisoned me. Put up this Guinness for me as evidence.”

Those were the dying words of Adolphus Somers of John’s Hall in Portland as he handed over to then Det Cpl Neville Warmington (now retired supt of police) a half-empty Guinness bottle, the contents of which the prosecution later brought evidence to prove, was deadly poison.

Warmington had been giving evidence in the Portland Circuit Court in March 1981 before Senior Puisne Judge Justice Uriah Parnell, at the murder trial of 64-year-old Branford Buckley and 34-year-old Eli Brown, alias ‘Brown Joe’, both of Port Antonio, Portland.

The two accused were later convicted of poisoning two elderly men and a woman in Portland on Friday, October 17, 1980 by means of a bottle of Guinness. The jury had retired for a mere 16 minutes…

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Sybil E Hibbert is a veteran journalist and retired court reporting

specialist. She is also the wife of Retired ACP Isadore ‘Dick’ Hibbert,

rated among the top Jamaican detectives of his time. Send comments to

Deadly poison in a bottle of guinness kills three in portland


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