Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Ex-cop the ninth murder victim in Westmoreland this week

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An ex-cop who was gunned down at a restaurant in Negril, Westmoreland on Wednesday night, has become the ninth murder victim in the parish since the start of the week.

The deceased has been identified as 29-year-old Neville James of a Hanover address.

Reports are that about 7:30 p.m., James was at a restaurant along Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, when he was shot.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No motive has yet been established for the killing.

Prior to the ex-cop’s killing, eight other persons were left dead from five separate attacks earlier in the week, starting Monday afternoon and lasting up to Tuesday morning, by trigger-happy gunmen across f Westmoreland.

The police said the earlier killings took place in the communities of Savanna-la-Mar, Alma, Bethel Town and Wiliamsfield in the parish.

The killings started at about 1:00 p.m. on Monday, when 18-year-old Eric Clarke of Coke Street in Savanna-la-Mar was gunned down in his community.

Later that day, three men - including two from Hanover - were killed when gunmen sprayed a group of patrons at a bar in Williamsfield.

Five other persons reportedly suffered gunshots wounds in that attack.

The deceased have been identified as 34-year-old Corey Parkins of Cascade, Hanover; 23-year- old Coran Birch of Woodsville, Hanover; and 21-year-old Jahmar Warren of Grange district in Westmoreland.

Reports are that about 11:00 p.m, gunmen exited a motorcar and opened fire on patrons at a bar before making their escape.

The police were summoned and on their arrival, eight persons were found suffering from gunshot wounds. Parkins, Birch and Warren were pronounced dead at hospital, while the other victims – three men and two women - were admitted for treatment.

In three other fatal gun attacks, including a second in Savanna-la-Mar, four other persons were killed.

Following the murderous rampage, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and a heavy detachment of police were deployed in sections of the parish, and curfews have been imposed on two sections of Savanna-la-Mar.

In May last year, seven persons, including a two-year-old child, were killed in a series of vicious gun attacks in the Grange Hill area of Westmoreland on a single day, that led to a major focus on the parish's crime problem back then.

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