Sunday 15 September, 2019

Three in custody in connection with Morant Bay double murder

Three suspects are now in police custody following a double murder at a petrol station in Morant Bay, St Thomas late on Saturday night.

The three were arrested as police pursued a car in which a group of three gunmen travelled from Morant Bay to the Corporate Area after the fatal incident in St Thomas.

The incident claimed the lives of 57-year-old Christopher Higgins, unemployed of North Street in Morant Bay, and 22-year-old Katherina Brown, otherwise called ‘Trina’, a cashier of Lyssons in the parish.

Reports were that shortly after 11:00 p.m., three men aboard a Suzuki Swift motorcar drove onto the service station compound and opened fire, hitting Higgins multiple times.

The attackers then chased Brown, who was inside the building, and shot her.

Both injured persons were pronounced dead at hospital.

The gunmen made their escape in the direction of the Corporate Area, and were subsequently spotted by the Kingston Eastern police, who had been notified by their St Thomas counterparts.

The initial outcome of the subsequent chase, which has been clarified, is that the men abandoned the car in the Mountain View Avenue area of the Corporate Area, firing at the pursuing cops in their bid to escape on foot.

Following investigations by the police, three persons were apprehended in relation to the Morant Bay murders and the extended, high-speed chase into Kingston.

The identities of the suspects are being withheld until they are formally questioned and, where appropriate, charges are laid against them.

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