Saturday 8 August, 2020

Police making progress with probe into attorney’s murder

Police investigators are reportedly making some progress as they step up their search to find the gunmen responsible for the killing of attorney, Sashakay Fairclough, and the wounding of her mother in Brook Green, Ocho Rios, St Ann late on Friday afternoon.

Up to publication time, sources close to the investigation said the police were seeking access to CCTV footage which is expected to assist with the probe.

Official police reports stated that about 5.45 pm, the attorney and her mother were travelling in a motor vehicle in the Brook Green area near Milford Road in Ocho Rios when gunmen drove up beside them in a vehicle and opened fire.

Fairclough was hit to the upper body and leg, and her mother to the abdomen.

The gunmen then fled the scene in their vehicle.

The police were summoned and the injured persons were taken to hospital, where the attorney died.

Her mother, who underwent surgery, is said to be now in stable condition.

Meanwhile, the police are appealing to persons who may have witnessed the attack, or anyone with information on the crime, to come forward.

They can contact the police 119 emergency number or at any police station.

Fairclough, who had a passion for human rights, was an attorney at Murray and Tucker law firm in Ocho Rios up to the time of her death. She practised general civil and criminal litigation, real estate or property law, and commercial litigation.

She obtained a bachelor of laws degree at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England, where she attained several awards, before moving on to study the bar professional training course at what has been described as the ‘most academically-challenging and highest-ranked bar school in the United Kingdom, the University of Law (formerly College of Law).

Fairclough was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2014.

She later returned to Jamaica, where she pursued the six-month conversion programme at the Norman Manley Law School, and was called to the Jamaican Bar in 2017.

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