Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Double murder rocks May Pen, Clarendon

Another double murder has rocked in the island as gunmen continued their rampage in what could be described as a 'bloody week' which just ended, across the country.

The development is despite the imposition of three states of public emergency, in St James, the St Catherine North Police Division and sections of the Corporate Area.

The latest victims in the ongoing scourge of murders were two men, including a driver employed to the Clarendon Parish Library at May Pen, who were shot dead by unknown assailants on Duke Street in May Pen on Friday night.

The deceased have been identified as 55-year-old Gladstone Allen, otherwise called ‘Cuban’, the driver employed to the library; and 42-year-old Gregory Mitchell of Oliver Place, also in May Pen.

Reports are that at about 9:45 p.m., residents heard loud explosions coming from a section of Duke Street and alerted the police at the nearby May Pen station.

Upon their arrival, police personnel found Allen lying beside a Green Nissan Sunny motorcar with gunshot wounds to his face and chest.

Mitchell was found lying face down in a nearby yard with bullet wounds to his upper back.

Both men were pronounced dead at hospital.

Investigators are yet to establish a motive for the deadly attack.

The killings followed on the heels of Wednesday night's double murder of a bar operator and a female bartender in Bethel Town, Westmoreland.

Forty-year-old Kysonal McPherson, otherwise called 'Speng', and Nikesha Saunderson, 29, both of Marl Road, also in Bethel Town, were identified as the victims.

It was reported that about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, McPherson and Saunderson were in the vicinity of a bar which they operated in Bethel Town, when they were ambushed by armed men.

The gunmen opened fire, hitting both persons to their upper bodies, before escaping on foot in the area.

The police are continuing their probe into those killings.

There have been cries from several quarters, including the business community, for states of emergency to be declared for Clarendon and Westmoreland, as gunmen continue their rampage across both parishes, resulting in the deaths of numerous persons.

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