Jamaica Crime News: A Quality Control Supervisor and her brother who were charged with the triple murder of a mother and her two children in Tower Hill, St Andrew, were handed down a total of 88 years in prison.
Charged with murder are Javone Leslie, construction worker and his sister Jamelia Leslie, Quality Control Supervisor, both of Guava Ridge in Mavis Bank.
The deceased are 29-year-old Kashief Jackson and her children 1-year-old Aviere Williams and 7-day-old Aranza Williams.
Based on reports from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the siblings were sentenced to 88 years when they appeared before Home Circuit Court on May 31. Sentences are to be run as follows:
- 36 years for the murder of Kasheif Jackson
- 21 years for the murder of Jackson’s two-year-old child, Aviere Williams
- 21 years for the murder of seven-day-old Aranza Williams
- 10 years for Arson
On July 18, 2018, about 10:15 am, Jackson and her two children were found dead inside their home. Reports from the police are that the mother was stabbed multiple times and the two children died as a result of smoke inhalation. The police further indicated that the killers tried to set the house ablaze. There was no sign of forced entry.
Reports are that Kashief Jackson and Jamelia Leslie both had children with the same man.
In a cautioned statement, Jamelia admitted that, on the night of the incident, she and her brother went to Tower Hill and used a key to open the door to the house where Jackson and her two children lived. She also admitted that she stabbed the deceased twice with a kitchen knife, while her brother held the deceased and inflicted the wounds to her neck.
She then stated that she moved Jackson’s children to safety and attempted to start a fire on the stove but there was no gas. As a result, her brother used a lighter from the house to light the mattress. They both left the scene.