Trelawny now just one shy of entire 2017 murder tally
If the Trelawny police are to record less murders than last year, then for the remaining three and a half months of this year the parish will have to be murder free.
So far, the parish has recorded some 20 murders this year, just one shy of the 21 which were recorded for the entire 2017.
Superintendent Dwight Powell, head of the Trelawny Police Division, has accepted that with the current momentum, this year's murder tally will definitely surpass last year's figure.
"Based on the present statistics, the trajectory that we are on is indicating that we will surpass last year's figure of 21 (murders), which is very unfortunate," bemoaned Powell.
He was speaking at the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation in Falmouth on Thursday.
During the meeting, he disclosed that remnants of the feared Ski Mask gang out of St James have emerged in Bunkers Hill, Trelawny.
He said members of the gang, reportedly led by its new leader, Adrian Walker, engaged members of the security forces in a fierce gun battle in the Bunkers Hill area on Wednesday.
"There is a segment of a gang coming over from St James that is residing in Bunkers Hill. The local Ski Mask gang that is being led by one Adrian Walker, o/c ‘Lippy’. The gang was targeted yesterday (Wednesday), and they engaged the police (and military). Fear of crime as it relates to Bunkers Hill is (now) very high among the citizens," Superintendent Powell disclosed.
He said no member of the joint police/military team was injured during the gunfight, and is not clear if any of the gangsters were hit.
Superintendent Powell said members of the gang are involved in shootings, robberies and extortion in the Bunkers Hill community.