Death investigated

KINGSTON, Jamaica – – Police are investigating the death of a pregnant Swedish woman whose mutilated body was found at her home in a rural area of western Jamaica, authorities said Sunday.

The legs and arms had been severed from the body of Henrietta Jensen, 37. She was found late Thursday night by her fiance, said Sgt. Sandra Salmon of the Hanover parish police.

No arrests have been made.

Police have ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing since Jensen was still wearing her engagement ring and U.S. currency was found at the home. The door to the home had been kicked in.

Police did not have a hometown for Jensen in Sweden. Salmon declined to say if Jensen’s fiance was Jamaican or to identify him.

Television Jamaica reported that Jensen was applying for Jamaican citizenship.

Hanover parish is about 170 miles (274 kilometers) west of Kingston.

Subsidizing coffee

KINGSTON, Jamaica – – The Jamaican government will give coffee growers payments they had sought to help them recover from a hurricane that devastated their farms in September 2004, the agriculture minister said Sunday.

The government will pay Jamaican$100 million (US$1.64 million) on July 28 to more than 8,000 coffee farmers whose farms were devastated by Hurricane Ivan, said Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke.

Farmers had paid insurance on their land through the government-run Coffee Industry Board to Dyoll Insurance Company, which had filed for bankruptcy and was placed in liquidation in early 2005. In June, a judge ruled that Dyoll should pay the farmers Jamaican$3.1 million (US$51,000) in compensation, but that payment was delayed after the company appealed the decision.

The farmers, who sell their beans to the Coffee Industry Board, said the government had to expedite at least part of the payment.

Ivan caused Jamaican $18 million (US$295,100) damage to the coffee industry, which earns Jamaican $45 million (US$737,700) a year, according to the agriculture ministry.

Most of the damage was done to properties in the famous coffee-growing Blue Mountain region.