Jamaica Crime News, Kingston: Detectives attached to the Constant Spring Police Station have confirmed that the 17-year-old son of dancehall entertainer Mavado who was questioned last weekend and then transferred to the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre in Kingston, has now been officially slapped with multiple criminal charges.
Investigators further stated that, the name of the juvenile is being withheld but they can verify that on Friday morning, June 15, he was officially charged with murder, Conspiracy to murder, Arson, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.
He has been charged in connection with the death of Lorenza Thomas, 23-year-old unemployed of Cassava Piece on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Another suspect who is said to be a close friend of the accused teenager is presently still in custody and is also being questioned in connection with the incident.
Four other members of Mavado’s family, which include his brother, were questioned on the weekend and 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 series of violence in the area.
The dancehall artist was asked to report to the Constant Spring police station while his teenage son, one of his brothers and three other members of his family were taken into custody for questioning, following an operation which was carried out in the Norbrooks and Cassava Piece areas of St Andrew last Tuesday evening, June 5.
The police took all five persons into custody following the murder of, Lorenza Thomas otherwise called ‘Israel” or “Trullups”, 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 is attackers set him and his house on fire.
The flare-up in Cassava Piece started 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, 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 and flew to the United States, but the violence did not stop there. Shortly after a man who is identified as Ian Robinson, “Gaza Man”, and who is said to be a close friend of Mavado was shot and killed in the vicinity of the Constant Spring Market on Saturday night about 9:30 p.m.
The following Tuesday morning, Thomas who is said to be a close friend of the man who fired at Mavado was murdered. This killing is believed to be an act of reprisal.
By Henry Bucknor