Sunday 15 September, 2019

Crime Stop offers $200,000 reward for killers of St Ann JP

Collin Corrodus

Collin Corrodus

Two years after the shooting death of St Ann Justice of the Peace, Collin Corrodus, Crime Stop Jamaica is offering an award of $200,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of the gunmen involved.

Corrodus was a well-known entrepreneur who operated several businesses, including Colvil Construction and Hardware, in Ocho Rios and Epworth in the parish.

The 81-year-old Justice of the Peace was shot dead after up to four gunmen, some of them masked, invaded his Epworth home and shot him dead on January 2, 2017. 

His wife also gunbutted in the incident and had to be hospitalised. 

A male who had been taken into custody as a suspect, a day after the murder, was later released without charge. 

According to information released by Crime Stop through an advertisement, on the night in question, "Mr Corrodus was sitting under a gazebo at his house playing a game of dominoes with four friends," when "they were pounced upon by four men armed with handguns; two wearing masks and one wearing a bulletproof vest." 

Crime Stop added: "They (the gunmen) demanded Mr Corrodus (to) give them his licensed firearm, which he refused. Mr Corrodus suddenly threw a wooden stool at a gunman, who immediately shot Mr Corrodus hitting him in the chest and shoulder."

The gunmen then went into the house and held up Corrodus' wife, hitting her with a gun in the process. 

The hoodlums then ransacked the house and later found and stole Mr Corrodus' licensed .38 Smith and Wesson revolver, along with six rounds, some jewelry and a total of J$3,000, according to Crime Stop. 

The gunmen made their escape on foot, while the elderly Justice of the Peace was pronounced dead at hospital. 

In the meantime, Crime Stop, while noting that the J$200,000 offer expires on February 28, 2020, is urging persons to call 311 with any information to assist. 

The agency reminded persons that "information will be kept strictly confidential", while no name is required to be given. 


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