Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell has retained legal support for the family of JeVaughn Duhaney, who was shot and killed, allegedly by Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) personnel in controversial circumstances on Saturday, May 9.
Family members of Mr. Duhaney staged a protest, blocking the main road close to his home where he was shot. They said he was killed while he was having a meal on the verandah of his house, during the COVID-19 curfew of the area.
“Justice needs to be served for this young man. This is a very sad and unfortunate situation and we need to stand with our people in these challenging times,” Mr. Paulwell said.
It is alleged that at about 7:45 p.m., last Saturday, a bullet from the gun of a JDF soldier hit a woman who was also on the verandah before killing JeVaughn. Soldiers were part of a team patrolling the east Kingston area at the time.
Mr. Paulwell said although he is encouraged by the investigation by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the JDF, which are conducting separate probes into the incident, he is urging INDECOM, in particular, to move quickly to conclude their fact-finding so that the matter can be appropriately addressed.
Mr. Paulwell said he has also retained the services of a doctor, who will assist the family leading up to and during the autopsy.