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Handyman Charged with Murder; 2 Others Sought

September 19, 1987

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A 33-year-old unemployed handyman with eight convictions for violent crimes was charged Friday with the murder of reggae star Peter Tosh and two house guests, police said.

Dennis Lobban, who turned himself in to police on Thursday, will remain in custody without bail until a court hearing is held next week, said police inspector Dennis Martin.

Two other suspects were being sought, Martin said.

Lobban reportedly knew Tosh and had been to his house several times, officials said.

Lobban was released from prison on parole in October 1986 after serving 13 years of a 25-year sentence for attempted murder, police said. He had also been convicted on seven other charges for violent crimes, authorities said.

Police said three men broke into Tosh’s home on Sept. 11 and ordered Tosh, his longtime girlfriend and five other people to lay face down on the floor. The men ransacked the house looking for money, then shot all seven victims when they didn’t find any, police said.

Tosh, 42, and Wilton ″Doc″ Brown died the same night en route to the University Hospital of the West Indies. Disc jockey Jeff Dixon, also known as ″Free-I Tafari,″ died on Monday.

The four others were treated for gunshot wounds and released.

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