Wednesday 30 September, 2020

More charges for man held for murder of retired Chief Justice's sister

Police say more charges are coming for the man who was held for the murder of Peggie Aljoe, the 74-year old woman who authorities identified as the sister of retired Chief Justice Zaila McCalla. 

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigations Branch, McArthur Sutherland made the disclosure on Saturday while commending the efforts of detectives who made a breakthrough in the murder case.

Police said Oral Redway, a 19-year-old man from St. Ann and Westmoreland addresses, was charged last Friday with the murder of Aljoe, a retiree of Bridgewater district in Discovery Bay, St Ann.

Police said the man has confessed since the arrest, but it appears his troubles will not end there as more charges could be laid against him.

"During a formal interview in the presence of his attorney, the suspect reportedly confessed to the brutal crime and was charged on Friday, November 23 for murder. He is also facing additional charges," the senior policeman said.

No details about the additional charges were provided.

ACP Sutherland revealed that Redway was arrested during an operation on Thursday, November 22 when the investigation led detectives to Townhead district in Westmoreland.

The ACP has since come out to commend detectives in the case.

“The relentless effort of the detectives to track down and arrest this suspect with evidence and achieve yet another critical breakthrough in a major criminal investigation is indeed commendable,” he said.

He added, “It reinforces an important message to potential criminals that they will be pursued and arrested by our investigators who are trained and prepared to take on the challenges.”

Alijoe’s body was discovered on Thursday, October 25 in her yard with several wounds to her body.

As the probe progressed, the emerging investigative leads were processed and promptly acted on. Other operations were conducted in Westmoreland and St Ann in search of additional items of evidentiary value, particularly, scientific evidence for analysis, police said.

Redway is scheduled to appear before the St Ann Criminal Court on Thursday, November 29 to answer to the charges laid against him.

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