Jamaica Crime News, Kingston: Detectives attached to the Constant Spring police station have confirmed that the teenage son of dancehall entertainer Mavado and his co-accused who reappeared in Court on Tuesday, June 26, to answer to murder and other criminal charges, have been remanded into custody.
The 16-year-old teenager and his 23-year-old co-accused Andre Hinds are both facing charges of murder, arson, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm.
The teenager is being represented by Attorneys Bert Samuels and Bianca Samuels, while Hinds is being represented by Attorney Kemar Robinson. Following his bail denial, his Attorneys began submission for another bail application for his next appearance on July 3rd.
The son of the dancehall artist is currently being held at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre in Kingston.
Both accused have been charged in connection with the death of Lorenza Thomas, 23-year-old unemployed of Cassava Piece on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Four other members of Mavado’s family, which includes his brother, were also taken in custody for questioning in connection with the shooting and later released.
Recently dancehall artist Mavado along with his teenage son and four other members of his family, found themselves under the police radar, following a flare-up of violence in the Cassava Piece area.
Mavado was also asked to turn himself over to the Constant Spring police for questioning but he is yet to do so. The police took all five persons into custody following the murder of Lorenza Thomas, otherwise called “Israel or Trullup”, 23-year-old, unemployed of Cassava Piece.
Reports by the police are that about 2:30 a.m., Thomas was at his home when armed men kicked open the door to his house. The men attacked Thomas and shot him multiple times. The victim was also chopped and then his attackers set his body and his house on fire.
The flare-up in Cassava Piece ignited on Saturday morning, June 2, following a dispute between Mavado and another man from the area.
The dancehall artist whose real name is David Brooks, reportedly slapped the man in his face as a retaliation from an incident between the man and the said 16-year-old son, but minutes later, he nearly lost his life when his motor car was shot up by the same man with whom he had the conflict and two other men.
Following the incident, Mavado is said to have left the country for the United States and law enforcement officers are now saying he is still expected to come in to the police.
During that said period, a man who was identified as Ian Robinson, otherwise called “Gaza Man”, and who was an alleged close friend of the DJ, was shot and killed in the vicinity of the Constant Spring Market.