Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Man in custody, another shot in relation to child’s murder in 'Jungle'

Yetanya Francis

Yetanya Francis

The police say they have a suspect in custody in relation to the murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis in Arnett Gardens last week.

“The man was picked up during an operation in the community on Tuesday,” a police source told Loop News.

“We have one man in custody. He is being questioned in relation to the incident, but that is all we can say at this time,” said Howard Chambers, head of the Kingston Western Police Division in which the section of 12th Street in Arnett Gardens where the body of Francis was found, falls.

And as the police continue their probe into the gruesome murder of Francis, whose body was also partially burnt, reports reaching Loop News are a man was shot and injured in the community late on Tuesday.

Reports are that the man was shot after being also taken into police custody and questioned in relation to the murder of Francis, but released thereafter.

The police said after being released and going back into the community, the man was attacked and shot by men there.

The police said they had found no evidence on which to hold the man in connection with the murder of the teenager.

The man has since been admitted in hospital in a serious condition.

The burnt body of Francis, otherwise called ‘Princess’, was found behind a church on Friday morning, hours after she went missing on Thursday night.

Reports were that shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, the teenager went to a nearby shop to purchase food.

When she did not return, her family members carried out a search for her.

Hours later, her body was found near a church not far from where she lived.

It is suspected that she was raped.

The teenager was a student of Kingston Technical High School.

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