Thursday 23 May, 2019

Investigators cite arson behind fire which gutted murdered cop’s house

Constable Rohan Bucknor

Constable Rohan Bucknor

Investigators have theorised that the fire which razed the Westmoreland house of the late 41-year-old police constable, Rohan Bucknor, shortly after his thanksgiving service late last month, was the work of arsonists.

The over 20-year veteran of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was shot and killed on Sunday, August 19 by gunmen at a barber shop in Westmoreland.

Police reported that sometime after 9:00 p.m., Constable Bucknor, who resided in Hartford district, went to a barber shop in the neighboring community of Petersfield to have his hair cut, and was pounced upon and shot multiple times by masked gunmen.

Hours after his thanksgiving service was held at the Torrington Wesleyan Holiness Church in Westmoreland, the slain cop's house was gutted by fire.

A section of the house of Constable Rohan Bucknor that was destroyed by fire hours after his thanksgiving service last month, following his murder by gunmen in Petersfield, Westmoreland on August 19.

Constable Bucknor was stationed at the Little London Police Station in Westmoreland at the time of his death.

In February of 2016, he was charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) with the murder of his brother, Mark St Patrick Bernard, who died on February 14 of the same year.

It was reported that Constable Bucknor was visiting family members in Hatfield, when an argument developed between him and his brother over a cellphone SIM card.

It was reported that during the heated argument, Constable Bucknor fired a shot, which hit his brother in the head.

It was also reported that immediately after the incident, Constable Bucknor drove away from the house and later went to the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station, where he turned himself in.

A few months later he became a devoted Christian, and was subsequently found not guilty of his brother's death in the court, and was reinstated in the JCF.

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