Saturday 15 June, 2019

Cabbie held in relation to Stefika Smith's killing released, but...

Stefika Smith

Stefika Smith

The Clarendon police are reporting that the taxi operator who was taken into custody in relation to the murder probe into the death of 17-year-old Stefika Smith, has been released.

The man who was detained after the discovery of the teen’s body last week will, however, remain under investigation, despite being out of custody.

He was released on Friday after his attorney made a habeas corpus application in court, which resulted in the police being required to charge the person of interest or release him.

An Ananda Alert had been activated for Smith, a May Pen High School student of Strawberry Hill district, Four Paths, Clarendon, following her disappearance on Saturday, May 10.

She had left home at about 1:00 p.m. to study with a friend in Freetown, also in the parish, and was reportedly last seen alive in a taxi in Four Paths.

The chilling discovery of her body was made in the Four Paths area on Monday, May 13. The body was reported savaged, including a slashed throat.

Stefika was reportedly born and raised in the United Kingdom, from where her parents eventually returned to live in Jamaica.

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