Saturday 4 April, 2020

Westmoreland double murder suspect nabbed at guesthouse in St Ann

Another man who was wanted by the police in Westmoreland for multiple murders in the parish, has been captured by law enforcers.

Interestingly, the suspect was held outside the parish and in the comfort of a guesthouse.

He has been identified as Garnett Cunningham, 20, of Lambs River district in Westmoreland.

The police said Cunningham was wanted for a double murder which was committed in July 2017.

Reports were that a manhunt was launched for him after the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Garfield Francis and 32-year-old Kenroy Cassel.

Both men were shot on July 18 at Lambs River.

Francis, Cassel and two other men were reportedly travelling in a car along the Lambs River main road when another vehicle was driven up and used to block the car with the four men.

Two men alighted from the second car and opened fire on the four occupants of the blocked car.

The injured men were taken to hospital, where Francis and Cassel were pronounced dead and the others were treated for their injuries.

Cunningham managed to elude the law since the fatal attack.

However, his days of successfully hiding came to an end after police, acting on information, went to a guesthouse in St Ann on Thursday morning and conducted a search, during which the suspect was held.

The police said the murders for which Cunningham is being investigated are not linked to last Tuesday’s series of attacks in which seven people, including a two-year-old baby, were shot and killed as groups of gunmen went on murderous rampages in separate incidents in the Grange Hill area of Westmoreland.

The persons killed in Tuesday’s series of attacks were identified as 21-year-old Nicoy Myers of New Town; Odane Drummond; Nadine Rowe and her 11-year-old son, Nicoy Bourne; Sheldon Morgan Snr and his two-year-old child, Sheldon Morgan Jr; and 22-year-old unemployed, Tristan Brown. 

The police said they have since apprehended 12 suspected gangsters in connection with those killings.

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