Monday 17 June, 2019

Son held for failed 'hit' on his dad now booked for lawyer’s murder

Attorney Gareth Forbes... shot dead at his home in Kingston on January 17.

Attorney Gareth Forbes... shot dead at his home in Kingston on January 17.

The police have charged a young man, Kemar Marsden, with murder in relation to the death of attorney Gareth Forbes, who was shot dead inside his St Andrew home on January 17.

“He was officially charged with murder on Saturday,” a representative of the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills of Marsden.

The accused, who was taken into custody after reportedly placing a hit on his own father, a well-known Kingston businessman, is also facing the possibility of being charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

It was reported that cops, acting quickly on intelligence received, intercepted a hit man last week and discovered evidence that pointed to who allegedly commissioned the hit on the businessman.

A police source told Loop News that once the cops held the gunman, they found incriminating voice notes in his phone, which led to the detention of the man who allegedly instigated the hit.

While confirming that young Marsden has been charged with Forbes’ murder, no details on the investigation into that offence was forthcoming from the police.

Forbes, 49, resided at Oakridge, Stillwell Road in the Kingston 8 area.

Reports from the Constant Spring police shortly after the murder was committed, were that about 10:00 p.m., a relative found Forbes unresponsive at his home and summoned the authorities.

On the arrival of law enforcers, the attorney’s body was seen lying in a pool of blood with several gunshot wounds.

The crime scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue.

On February 5, the St Andrew North police issued photos of two suspects in relation to the lawyer's murder.

Investigators theorised that the suspects - a man and a woman - stole the attorney's bank card and went to an automated teller machine (ATM). The photos were of the man and woman inside the machine.

The police then appealed for the public's assistance to locate the individuals.

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