Monday 1 June, 2020

Police federation stung by slaying of cop’s mother

Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe (file photo)

Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe (file photo)

The recent murder of the mother of a St Catherine-based police officer has taken a heavy toll on the rank and file membership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

On Thursday, 57-year-old Leatita Francis was at her shop which she operated from her home in Old Harbour, St Catherine, when gunmen pounced on her. She was shot multiple times before her attackers fled the scene.

Despite efforts to save her life, she succumbed to her injuries at hospital.

The attack on the defenceless woman has been a bitter pill for the police to swallow, and in an impassioned statement, Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe, said no effort will be spared in bringing those responsible for the deadly attack to justice.

“The full executive of the police federation and, by extension, our membership are incensed by the brutal killing of the mother of one of our colleagues. This demonstrates the level of criminality and brutish behaviour of criminals in Jamaica. This is an attack on law enforcement. This is an attack on the efforts of our law enforcement officers to preserve the peace, to serve and protect the people of Jamaica,” Rowe said.

He added that although these are harrowing times for law enforcers, the police will continue to carry out their duties without fear or favour.

“We will spare no resources to support our colleague in this instance. I call on all our colleagues island-wide to be vigilant and look out. We will use the intelligence architecture within the JCF in an effort to support our colleague in responding to this brutal killing,” Rowe said.

Francis’ police officer son had days earlier been involved in an armed confrontation with gunmen in Old Harbour, with one who reportedly pointed a loaded gun at officer being cut down.

A .38 revolver with five rounds of ammunition was reportedly taken from the body of the alleged gunman, who was identified as Danny ‘Yawney’ Grover.

His death reportedly did not go down well with his cronies, who were said to have sworn revenge and sent threats to the policeman. The threats were reported to the Police High Command by the cop in question.

A suspect in relation to Francis’ slaying turned himself in to the Old Harbour police on Friday, and is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney.

The Old Harbour police continue to probe the fatal attack on Francis.

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