REMEMBERING PETER TOSH

On 11 September 1987, just after Tosh had returned to his home in
Jamaica, a three-man gang came to his house demanding money. 

Tosh
replied that he did not have any with him but the gang did not believe
him. 

They stayed at his residence for several hours in an attempt to extort
money from Tosh and tortured him. 

During this time, many of Tosh’s
friends came to his house to greet him because of his return to Jamaica. 

As people arrived, the gunmen became more and more frustrated,
especially the chief thug, Dennis “Leppo” Lobban, a man whom Tosh had
previously befriended and tried to help find work after a long jail
sentence. 

Tosh said he did not have any money in the house, after which
Lobban put a gun to Tosh’s head and shot once, killing him. 

The other
gunmen began shooting, wounding several other people and also killing
disc jockeys Doc Brown and Jeff “Free I” Dixon. 

Leppo surrendered to the
authorities. He was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted
in 1995 and he remains in jail. 

The other two gunmen were never
identified by name. It is said that they were killed in a gang war a few
weeks later.

In August 2012 it was announced that Tosh would be posthumously awarded Jamaica’s fourth highest honour, the Order of Merit, in October that year.

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