Jamaica Crime News, Hanover: Three men and a 15-year-old teenage boy who appeared in the Hanover Parish Court on Friday, August 10, to answer to murder charges, were remanded into custody until September 11.
The four accused were charged jointly with the murder of a 91-year-old woman and a 15-year-old student in Hanover and will be appearing in court this Friday, August 10.
The accused have been identified as Gavin Cosley, otherwise called “Satan” 23-year-old unemployed of Central or Old Road in Lucea, Howard McIntosh otherwise called “Zill” of Malcolm Heights and 24-year-old Nicoy McKenzie, otherwise called “Nick”, also of Malcolm Heights.
The 15-year-old teenage accused is said to be the brother of Nico Campbell, the man who was shot from his motorcycle along Point main road in Lucea three weeks ago.
The police further stated that they believe the killing of the elderly woman and the male student was an act of reprisal for Campbell’s murder.
The four accused were questioned in the presence of their lawyers last weekend and were charged with two counts of murder each.
They were charged in connection with the murders of Laurell Frame, 91-year-old Pensioner and 15-year-old Jessie Spence, who attends the Hopewell High School in Hanover and both of Malcolm Heights in Lucea.
Reports by the police are that about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, Mrs. Frame was at her home in Malcolm Heights when the 15-year-old student who is her neighbor came over to visit as he normally does.
The elderly woman was sitting at the inside door to a room of the board dwelling house, while the teenage boy was sitting underneath an almond tree in the yard. Minutes later, a group of armed men traveling on foot walked into the yard.
The gunmen walked up to Jessie and opened fire hitting him multiple times. They then walked into the verandah and also shot the elderly woman multiple times to her upper body.
Other family members who were at the house ran for cover and managed to escape. The gunmen then made their escape in the area on foot.
The police were summoned and upon arrival, Mrs. Frame and Jessie were discovered lying in a pool of blood with multiple gunshot wounds. They were transported to the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea where they were pronounced dead.
In the meanwhile, the Lucea police continue to maintain a strong presence in the community of Malcolm Heights and Central.