Jamaica Crime News, Trelawny: A 52-year-old accountant who resides in the parish of Trelawny, and was recently arrested and charged with the murder of a taxi operator in Falmouth on Thursday, November 7, was remanded into custody when he appeared in the Falmouth Parish Court on Thursday, November 15.
The accused Phillip Whittaker, who answered to charges of murder and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition was remanded into custody, and ordered to return to court on December 19.
The accused is before the court for the murder of 43-year-old Garfield Binloss, taxi operator of Florence Hall, also in Trelawny.
Reports by the Falmouth police are that about 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, Whittaker who is a licensed firearm holder and Binloss the taxi operator, got involved in an argument at a taxi stand in Falmouth.
During the confrontation, Whittaker reportedly drew his licensed firearm and fired multiple times, hitting Binloss to the regions of his upper body.
The Falmouth police were summoned and upon their arrival, the wounded taxi operator was transported to the Falmouth Hospital, where he died.
Investigations were later carried out, which led to Whittaker being taken into custody.
In his defense, Whittaker reportedly informed the police that during the argument, he saw Binloss reaching for an object, and thinking that his life was being threatened, he acted in self-defense, pulled his licensed firearm and opened fire.