Jamaica Crime News, Kingston: A 29-year-old Trinidadian national, who is said to be a teacher by profession and his 19- year-old co-accused, who were recently charged with the murder of 13-year-old Shanoya Wray, were both remanded into custody when they appeared in the Half Way Tree Criminal Court on Wednesday, August 22.
The accused Trinidadian Saju Maharaj, who has been charged with murder and 19-year-old Leonardo Madden, a former medical student at the University of the West Indies, who has been charged with accessory to murder, were both ordered to return to court on September 10, due to an incomplete case file.
13-year-old Shanoya Wray went missing from her home in Kingston on July 15 and an Ananda Alert was sent out to locate her.
Reports were made to the police and following a series of investigations, the investigators were informed that Shanoya was seen in the company of the accused and this resulted in the two suspects being picked up.
About 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20, residents residing at Whalley Close, Kingston 6, stumbled upon the human skeletal remains of a female and alerted the police.
Upon arrival of the lawmen, the scene was processed and the remains removed and sent off to the lab for DNA testing.
The result of the test later confirmed that, the skeletal remains were, in fact, those of missing 13-year-old Shanoya Wray.
This led to the arrest of the Trinidadian teacher and his teenage co-accused, who were both questioned in the presence of their lawyers, and then slapped with criminal charges.