The Portland police yesterday said they have held another man in connection with the slaying of former World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion Trevor Berbick.
At the same time, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller extended condolences to Berbick’s family and appealed to persons who might have information about the murder to assist the police in their investigations.
Berbick’s body was found on the premises of a church across from his house in Norwich, Portland on Saturday morning with chop wounds to the head.
According to a report from the Port Antonio Criminal Investigation Bureau, the second suspect was held on Saturday evening just hours after the first individual was held in connection with the killing.
Both are now being questioned at the Port Antonio Police Station.
In the meantime, the police say they have been getting co-operation from residents in putting the pieces of the case together.
The Observer was told that while a motive has still not been established for the killing, it was believed that it was motivated by a domestic dispute. The murder weapon has still not been determined.
Berbick placed Jamaica on top of the world on March 22, 1986 when he upset Pinklon Thomas via a unanimous decision to take the WBC World Heavyweight title. His reign was rather short-lived, as he later lost, in his first title defence, on November 22 of the said year to 20-year-old Mike Tyson.
Throughout his career, Berbick beat such fighters as Iran ‘The Blade’ Barkley, Greg Page and John Tate, but some of his notable losses were against James ‘Buster’ Douglas, Renaldo Snipes and Larry Holmes. During his career he had a record of 50 fights, 11 losses and one draw.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said that Jamaicans were saddened to hear of the killing of Berbick who, as the island’s first heavyweight champion, had made the country and its people proud.
She said everything would be done to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.