Thursday 26 November, 2020

St Ann ‘cow thieves’ handed over to police

One of two calves which were found inside a car after a reportedly violent encounter between the police and the occupants of the vehicle in St Ann on October 2.

One of two calves which were found inside a car after a reportedly violent encounter between the police and the occupants of the vehicle in St Ann on October 2.

The St Ann police are reporting that two of the men who were last week listed as persons of interest in the aftermath of an incident in which cow thieves allegedly shot at a police team in Ramble district in the parish, have since been arrested and charged.

The men, 38-year-old Terrence Harrilal of St Ann’s Bay, and 27-year-old Raniel Boreland, otherwise called ‘Country’, of Parry Town in Ocho Rios, both in the parish, were handed over to the police by relatives on Wednesday, October 7.

After an interview in the presence of their attorneys, they were charged along with a third man, 30-year-old Shavann Scott. The police arrested Scott shortly after the incident on Friday, October 2.

All three men have been charged with larceny of cattle, shooting with intent, illegal possession of firearm, and illegal possession of ammunition.

The charges stem from allegations that about 12:35 am on Friday, October 2, a police team reportedly intercepted a Toyota Probox motorcar along the Ramble main road, and signalled the driver of the vehicle to stop.

The driver refused and sped off, resulting in the vehicle crashing into a section of a police service jeep in the attempt to escape.

The police service jeep that was damaged in the encounter. 

Armed men aboard the vehicle reportedly opened gunfire at the police, who returned the gunfire.

The Probox then sped off once more.

The police team pursued it and found it abandoned along a section of the roadway.

When the police searched the motor vehicle, they found two calves inside.

The motor vehicle was seized and the owner of the calves identified while detectives continued to explore leads.

Later the same day, law enforcers arrested a man and a woman in connection with the investigation. The man, who had a gunshot wound to the leg, was assisted to the hospital for treatment, and was later released into police custody.

The woman was later released after being interviewed, while detectives listed four men as persons of interest. Two of them - Harrilal and Boreland - were handed over by their relatives.

The two other persons of interest are still being sought.

A court date for the accused persons is being arranged by the police.

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