Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 #X6MurderTrial: Powell freed!  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-X6MurderTrial--Powell-freed <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Businessman Patrick Powell has been freed of all charges related to the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.<br /> <br /> After deliberation, the jury on Monday returned a not guilty verdict on charges of murder and shooting with intent. <br /> <br /> Powell was being tried for the shooting death of Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi, which collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the taxi, hitting the boy.<br /> <br /> The prosecution today told the court that there is no evidence to confirm identification of the accused. They also questioned the credibility of the main witness statement provided by taxi driver Wayne Wright.<br /> <br /> Lead Prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, in making his application said that in his opening statement, he pointed out to the court that the case hinged on the identification of the accused and the credibility of the witness statement. <br /> <br /> However, he said that the prosecution was unable to say without a reasonable doubt that Wright was present when Mais was shot. He also spoke about Wright backpedaling on his statement. <br /> <br /> He said Wright did what he wanted rather than what was right as it relates to the evidence he had given to investigators. <br /> <br /> "He had decided to take a certain course," said Taylor.<br /> <br /> Wright was on Friday adjudged a hostile witness by the prosecution, after permission was granted by Justice Lloyd Hibbert to treat him as such because he showed himself to be inconsistent and adverse.<br /> <br /> The prosecution had 28 witnesses, 12 were called and 16 were left, but the prosecutor said even if he had called the remaining witnesses the issue of identification would still have been a problem.<br /> <br /> The parents of Mais refused to comment but the boy's father said to contact them within the next two weeks. The disappointment could be seen etched on their faces<br /> <br /> Tanesha Mundle<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13379862/POWELL_w300.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 Khajeel Mais&rsquo; sister disappointed, but not surprised at not-guilty verdict in X6 murder trial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Khajeel-Mais--sister-disappointed--but-not-surprised-at-not-guilty-verdict-in-X6-murder-trial-_78264 <br /> <br /> Kimberly Mais said she was not surprised that the man accused of killing her brother, Khajeel, was yesterday freed in what became known as the X6 murder trial. However, she admitted that she was &ldquo;really disheartened and disappointed&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All I can say, I am not surprised, I am not shocked, but I am disappointed. I am living in Jamaica and the justice system needs to be revamped, it is something that [Justice] Minister [Delroy] Chuck needs to look at; he needs to make some changes,&rdquo; she told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer yesterday when contacted following the ruling.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t get justice here on Earth, but we will get it on that day,&rdquo; Mais added.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> According to the outspoken Mais, she fully supports a call made by former Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields for the police to digitally record the statements of key witnesses in high-profile cases to prevent them from recanting.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is very disheartening because there were a lot of lies told on the stand; the taxi driver does know my brother, and he does know my family, hence the reason why my brother did go into this taxi,&rdquo; she said in reference to the testimony given by key witness Wayne Wright, who had denied knowing Mais and his family.<br /> <br /> But despite the unfavourable outcome of the case, Mais said she has not given up on the justice system as she is very patriotic and wants to be part of the change. However, she is eager for the process of change to begin.<br /> <br /> The disappointment was, however, too much for her parents, Alaina and Noel Mais, to handle as they left the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston without speaking to reporters.<br /> <br /> The mother, with a look of dejection, shook her head when asked for a comment, while her husband&rsquo;s only words were: &ldquo;Call us in about two weeks.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The St Andrew businessman, Patrick Powell, 59, who was fingered in the 2011 murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais, was freed yesterday after the seven-member jury was directed by Justice Lloyd Hibbert to return a not-guilty verdict on murder and shooting with intent charges.<br /> <br /> The prosecution, led by Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Jeremy Taylor, contended that on the night of the incident Mais was travelling in a taxi, which collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle on Highland Drive in Havendale. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW, whom the prosecution claimed was Powell, got out and fired at the taxi, hitting the boy.<br /> <br /> The highly watched trial had garnered much public attention since it started last week Tuesday after a lengthy delay and subsequent protest from the family. <br /> <br /> However, the trial, which was significantly hinged on the testimony of Wright, who was the taxi driver on the night of the incident, plunged last week when he backtracked on most of the evidence that he had reportedly given to the police in two statements in July 2011.<br /> <br /> Wright repeatedly denied that he had given evidence to the police indicating that he had seen the shooter with the gun and that he had fired about three shots on his taxi on the night of the incident.<br /> <br /> The main witness also denied telling the police that he knew the accused as &ldquo;Nigga&rdquo;, and that he had known him for eight years.<br /> <br /> Wright had also denied telling the police that he had known Mais from he was a young boy.<br /> <br /> Wright, who because of his inconsistencies and his adverse testimony was declared a hostile witness, maintained that he had not seen anything or anyone on the night of Mais&rsquo; death.<br /> <br /> As a result, Taylor told Justice Hibbert yesterday that he would be offering no further evidence in the trial after calling 12 of the 28 witnesses who were slated to testify.<br /> <br /> Taylor, during his address to the court, pointed out that during his opening statement he had indicated that there were two main issues in the case &mdash; identification and credibility &mdash; and noted that the Crown would have to prove, without a reasonable shadow of doubt, that Powell was present when Mais was killed. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I also indicated in my opening address that only one witness (Wright) could support that evidence.&rdquo; But Wright, the prosecutor said, did what he wanted rather than what was right as it related to the evidence recorded.<br /> <br /> The final witness who was called yesterday, Deputy Superintendent of Police Vernal Thompson, who Wright had claimed had tried to force him to lie in his statement, told the court that on July 8, 2011 Wright knocked on his office door and told him that he wanted to speak to him in private.<br /> <br /> Thompson, who was then in charge of criminal investigations in St Andrew North, said that Wright gave him a detailed report of what had transpired on the night Mais was killed and that he signed the statement after it was read to him.<br /> <br /> Thompson said that he did not tell Wright what to say, and under cross-examination said that the only change he made to Wright&rsquo;s statement was to record it in Standard English.<br /> <br /> He also admitted that when Wright came to see him it was to record a further statement and that he was later made aware that Wright had indicated in his first statement that he did not see who had killed Mais.<br /> <br /> Following yesterday&rsquo;s ruling, Powell, who maintained a serious expression, told reporters, &ldquo;I feel good and God is with me.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> One of his two brothers who supported him throughout the proceedings, when asked if they had received the outcome that they had wanted, said, &ldquo;I leave everything in God&rsquo;s hands.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Powell is, however, not out of legal troubles as he was charged with failing to hand over his firearm for ballistic testing. He is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court before year-end. <br /> <br /> Taylor had indicated yesterday that police had searched his home for the weapon. Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewellyn said the police had turned up empty-handed.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13380663/236286_63341_repro_w300.jpg Local News Tuesday, October 25, 2016 #X6MurderTrial: Police did everything for successful prosecution &mdash; High Command http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-X6MurderTrial--Police-did-everything-for-successful-prosecution---High-Command <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The Police High Command is expressing grave concerns about allusions that the police acted unprofessionally in conducting investigations into the July 1, 2011 murder of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, resulting in the acquittal of Patrick Powell in the Home Circuit Court today.<br /> <br /> Khajeel, who was a passenger in a taxi, was shot dead after it was alleged that Powell, the owner and driver of a BMW X6, fired shots into the taxi that was involved in a collision with the BMW X6. <br /> <br /> According to the Police High Command, the police did everything that was expected to be done to ensure the successful prosecution of the murder case against Powell. The police say statements made in open court by Jeremy Taylor, the senior deputy director of public prosecution, support this.<br /> <br /> The Police High Command said Taylor told the court that the police did all they could do and no blame can be attributed to the police in this case. <br /> <br /> Taylor also reportedly commended the police for the high level of investigation, noting that the detectives went into uncharted waters to ensure the successful prosecution of the case.<br /> <br /> The police say it should also be noted that the Office of the Director Public Prosecution played an integral role in preparation of the case.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13242104/Carl-Williams2_w300.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 #X6MurderTrial: &lsquo;God is with me,&rsquo; Powell says after acquittal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-X6MurderTrial---God-is-with-me---Powell-says-after-acquittal <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Patrick Powell, the businessman who was on trial for the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais, was seemingly relieved as he left the Home Circuit Court on Monday, following his acquittal in the matter.<br /> <br /> While leaving the court Powell said: &ldquo;I feel good and God is with me.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The jury today returned a not guilty verdict on charges of murder and shooting with intent.<br /> <br /> As he left the courthouse, Powell was supported by two of his brothers &mdash; Jonathan Clarke and another who gave his name only as &lsquo;Dicky&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> When asked if the not guilty verdict was the outcome he had expected, Clarke said: &ldquo;I leave everything in God&rsquo;s hands.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, &lsquo;Dicky&rsquo; cautioned the public against believing what is being said in relation to the matter.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Not everything you read online you must believe,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Powell was acquitted after the prosecution told the court that there is no evidence to confirm the identification of the accused and that they were unable to say without a reasonable doubt that the main witness in the case, taxi driver Wayne Wright, was present when Mais was shot.<br /> <br /> Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi driven by Wright when it collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle, was allegedly shot dead when the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the taxi.<br /> <br /> Powell was accused of being behind the wheels of the BMW X6 motor car.<br /> <br /> Tanesha Mundle<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13379941/powell_w300.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 VIDEO: 4 years in hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/4-years-in-hospital_77992 <br /> <br /> KENRICK Bogle will turn four years old on Wednesday, but he won&rsquo;t be able to celebrate his birthday like other kids his age. He will be holed up in his bed inside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children where he&rsquo;s been since he was but four days old.<br /> <br /> Like they&rsquo;ve done every year since he&rsquo;s been there, the nurses will throw him a party, but there will be few friends and even less interaction for fear of the risk of infection.<br /> <br /> Kenrick can&rsquo;t walk or speak and he can&rsquo;t breathe on his own. He was born with tracheo-oesophageal fistula, which means there is an abnormal connection between his esophagus and his trachea, in which food in the esophagus may pass into the trachea (and on to the lungs) or alternatively, air in the trachea may cross into the esophagus. The fistula has also led to tracheomalacia, meaning his trachea is floppy instead of rigid.<br /> <br /> When the Jamaica Observer contacted Lyndsey McDonnough, the managing director of Market Me Consulting Limited, which has been working with doctors to get help for Kenrick, she explained that the little boy, who is at the developmental stage of a seven-month-old baby, underwent emergency surgery after birth, but three-and-a-half years later he is still in the ICU. He needs another surgery to correct the condition. The procedure comes with a price tag of CAD$500,000 at the Cincinnati Kid&rsquo;s Hospital in Ohio or Canada&rsquo;s The Hospital for Sick Children, popularly known as SickKids<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It cannot be done in Jamaica. The Cincinnati Kid&rsquo;s Hospital has a surgeon who can perform the surgery for an estimated cost of US$378,127. Bustamante was speaking to SickKids and they started the process where they sent over all his documents. I reached out to Sandals Foundation and asked if we could get access to a plane to get him there because we couldn&rsquo;t afford an air ambulance and we got access. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;However, while SickKids will do the surgery, to house him in ICU there as he recovers will cost [another] CAD$500,000,&rdquo; McDonnough said. &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t save every kid, but the difference between him and life is surgery that can&rsquo;t be done here. I opened a Go Fund Me page for him &mdash; https://www.gofundme.com/KenrickBogle &mdash; and I&rsquo;ve been reaching out to people, individuals and corporate.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Kenrick&rsquo;s ear nose and throat specialist Dr Marsha James explained that most pateints with Kenrick&rsquo;s condition usually recover on their own within 18 to 24 months, meaning the rings in the windpipe get strong enough to keep it open.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;At that point when we saw he wasn&rsquo;t improving we began to seek help overseas,&rdquo; she told the Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He has not been able to ambulate as a normal child. The tube is in his voice box so he is unable to speak, so we don&rsquo;t know what his voice sounds like. And because he&rsquo;s been in ICU his vitamin D is down. His calcium and bone development are also poor, which contributes to him not being able to get around as he should,&rdquo; Dr James continued.<br /> <br /> She added: &ldquo;The surgery would allow for the tube to be taken out of his voice box so he would be able to speak. He would also need a lot of rehabilitation. Remember that the first five years are the development stage and he&rsquo;s almost at that point. He&rsquo;s going to be four on Wednesday. He&rsquo;s been in ICU since four days old, therefore rehabilitation will need to last at least 18 months. This will include speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. He is responsive, it&rsquo;s just that he can&rsquo;t speak. If he is sad, you will see the expression; if he did something bad and the nurses scold him, he will look ashamed. It&rsquo;s just that the tube is in his voice box.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The situation has taken a heavy emotional toll on Kenrick&rsquo;s family. His mother, who declined an interview, has stopped visiting him in hospital. His father Peter explained that the visits gives her nightmares and makes it harder for her to cope. Further, he said, the couple might be on the brink of separation because, although she hasn&rsquo;t said so, he feels that every time she looks at him she remembers their son. <br /> <br /> Mr Bogle confesses that he sometimes feels like giving up too, but he refuses to leave Kenrick. He has been taking stress management classes, he said, and whenever Kenrick gets ill, he stays away from the hospital in order to remember him in a happy state.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Kenrick is going to be four on Wednesday and he has never seen home,&rdquo; the father said, the pain evident in his voice.<br /> <br /> As for the financial burden, Bogle, a freelance videographer, said thankfully Bustamante is part of the public health system and does not levy charges <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is very stressing, but the hospital helps out a lot in his feeding. Sometimes it&rsquo;s just medication that&rsquo;s not in stock, diapers, wipes, and a special lotion, because of his vitamin D deficiency that I have to buy. That I will have to send abroad to get,&rdquo; he said, adding that whenever he doesn&rsquo;t get the chance to visit, the nurses purchase things on his behalf.<br /> <br /> Procuring Kenrick&rsquo;s supplies and travelling between his home in Hellshire, St Catherine and the hospital in Kingston each week can cost Mr Bogle $4,000 or more, depending on how often he visits, he reported. But he is focused on getting his son well and taking him home.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve tried a couple things before, but we just hope it (the surgery overseas) works out.The only thing beating [us] is the money to pay for the surgery. <br /> <br /> Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton said he is in dialogue with SickKids Canada and that the ministry will provide some assistance to the effort, which is somewhat a unique case.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He has lived at the hospital. He is healthy apart from the specific case. It was quite touching when I first met him and I would like to see him better,&rdquo; Tufton said.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378220/236163_63201_repro_w300.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 Denied entry to my own country http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Denied-entry-to-my-own-country_78130 <br /> <br /> Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;ve read stories of Jamaicans being denied entry to other countries; however, nothing prepared me for being denied entry to Jamaica, the land of my birth.<br /> <br /> On Friday, September 30, 2016, I was the first passenger to disembark WestJet 2600 from Toronto in the early afternoon. As an airline professional, with over 20 years experience, I have never been to a country and on arrival found there was no one at Immigration to greet and process arriving passengers. This happened to us on arrival in Kingston.<br /> <br /> After waiting several minutes I expressed disgust at the poor service with another passenger. Suddenly an immigration officer appeared, he must&rsquo;ve overheard me. He instructed me to, &ldquo;Shut up...or keep my voice down.&rdquo; Of course, I let him know, as an adult, I didn&rsquo;t appreciate being spoken to like that. He quickly glanced at my passport and passed me on to his supervisor, Miss Tracey Johnson, who explained that the officers were late due to a training session. I found the excuse even more appalling. Why would they schedule training during work period, early afternoon, when most flights start to arrive?<br /> <br /> By then the supervisor decided I was to be denied entry. This stunned me, as a Jamaican by birth, who lived more than half of my life in Jamaica. I planned to visit a terminally ill relative and provide her with some nutritional health products. I explained all this to the officer who showed no empathy. I was to be returned to Toronto on the same day. This caused me much inconvenience, embarrassment and distress.<br /> <br /> Inspector Nelson, who escorted me back on the return flight, further explained that, under the Geneva laws, the authorities could&rsquo;ve also stripped me of my citizenship (sic). Again, I was stunned at the idea I could be stripped of my citizenship by birth!<br /> <br /> I therefore call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate this matter. I believe the Jamaican Immigration took matters to an extreme here and overstepped their boundaries only because I complained of what I thought was poor service.<br /> <br /> How can we get better as a country if we&rsquo;re so touchy about criticism?<br /> <br /> Richard Leiba<br /> <br /> richardleiba@gmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12506488/171612_63253_repro_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Monday, October 24, 2016 Murder of 76-year-old man shocks Battersea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Murder-of-76-year-old-man-shocks-BatterseaElderly-man-shot-multiple-times-------_78147 <br /> <br /> The gruesome murder of 76-year-old Herbert Johnson in his bed last Thursday morning has left members of the Battersea community in shock. Johnson was shot multiple times, including in the face, after two gunmen invaded his home minutes after midnight. <br /> <br /> Family members and residents of Battersea which spans two parishes, Trelawny and St Ann, said the death of the farmer was a big shock to the community.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Why? What? Those are the questions everybody asking,&rdquo; Timarley Johnson, one of Johnson&rsquo;s seven sons said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The way how them deal wid mi father, mi no think him deserve that kind of death,&rdquo; Johnson continued.<br /> <br /> Timarley said if his father had died from natural causes, it would be easier for the family to accept his passing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When mi hear say daddy dead mi no feel nervous, because mi a say him up in age,&rdquo; Johnson said.<br /> <br /> He said he was devastated when he found out that his father was murdered.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Him hardly go anywhere; he no involve in wrongdoing,&rdquo; the distressed son said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He have seven sons and none of us no involve in any wrongs,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Johnson said his father had been ill and had not gone about his usual business as a higgler for over a month. However, he continued farming up to the time of his death.<br /> <br /> According to family members, armed men went to a house where Johnson lived previously and asked his grandson for &ldquo;the old people&rdquo; who lived there. They took the grandson at gunpoint and instructed him to take them to the house where Johnson and his wife of over 40 years, Caneta, lived. The grandson was used to get the couple to open the door to the house.<br /> <br /> Johnson was shot and killed while in bed, in the house where he and his wife had been living for only a few weeks.<br /> <br /> Timarley Johnson said his father&rsquo;s house was destroyed by fire last October; as a result, the couple moved to a neighbouring house while a new house was being constructed for them.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi never want them move in until it finish, but they never want Hurricane Matthew catch them in that house,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The couple moved into the unfinished house as a precautionary measure.<br /> <br /> Persons believe the gunmen wanted to kill the elderly man, since they went to the house they lived in previously asking for them. Also, Johnson&rsquo;s wife and grandson, who were present at the time of the shooting, were not harmed.<br /> <br /> Caneta Johnson said she opened the door after her grandson called saying he was not well.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi believe, because he did sick a few days aback,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> She said when she opened the door one of the men with his face covered entered and began shooting her husband, who was still in bed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The frighten mi frighten all mi could do was bawl Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Family members say they did not know of Johnson having an altercation with any one.<br /> <br /> He was remembered as a kind man who always cooked a big pot of food whenever family members visited.<br /> <br /> Other residents of the community say they are concerned about the number of shootings which have been occurring in Battersea since the start of the year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is the third shooting since di year start. Mi nuh know what happening in Battersea,&rdquo; one taxi driver said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One time you could leave your door open at nights,&rdquo; one family member said.<br /> <br /> He said Battersea is a relatively quiet community, but since the start of the year there have been several unsolved shootings in the community. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378063/236127_63185_repro_w300.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 PNPYO labels #X6MurderTrial &lsquo;a travesty of justice&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNPYO-labels--X6MurderTrial--a-travesty-of-justice- <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The People&rsquo;s National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO) in a news release Monday said it is of the view that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the police did not work collaboratively and effectively enough to secure justice for the family of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in light of the &ldquo;not guilty&rdquo; verdict handed to Patrick Powell in the case of the schoolboy&rsquo;s shooting death. <br /> <br /> The group said that as a result of the not guilty verdict, there are some poignant questions that the DPP and the police should answer. <br /> <br /> PNPYO pointed out that the DPP has lost a number of cases based on lack of evidence.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In the case just concluded, the prosecution seemed to have been solely dependent on the testimony of the taxi driver, Wayne Wright, who became a &lsquo;hostile witness&rsquo; and changed his statement. Did the witness sign to say his statement was true and if so, will he be charged with perjury in short order? In addition, why wasn&rsquo;t the focus and reliance on getting scientific and forensic evidence?&rdquo; the group asked.<br /> <br /> PNPYO further stated that, in light of Powell refusing to hand over his firearm for testing within the five-year delay of the case being heard, they understand his right to refuse surrendering his firearm, however, they are not convinced of the collaborative effort of the DPP and the police in ensuring all avenues were explored in obtaining the weapon. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Has Mr Powell been renewing his firearm with the Firearm Licensing Agency (FLA) over the five-year period? If yes, was the FLA contacted and empowered to get the ballistic history of the firearm to match it with evidence from the crime scene? If he has not been renewing his firearm licence, it would mean that he is now an illegal holder of a firearm and if this is so; will he be charged?&rdquo; the group questioned. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The PNPYO is extremely disappointed in the way in which the cased progressed and concluded after five years of delay. We are of the view that it is a travesty of justice and both the DPP and the police need to get their act together when handling these cases because as is, justice is not being served,&rdquo; the release continued. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Khajeel Mais.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13380490/PNPYO-logo_w300.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 Police seek third suspect in Denham Town shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-seek-third-suspect-in-Denham-Town-shooting_78162 <br /> <br /> The Kingston West Police Division says it is searching for the third suspect in last Monday&rsquo;s fatal shooting of 33-year-old Nordel Parkes in Denham Town. <br /> <br /> The division reported that about 11:45 am, Parkes was sitting on Blunt Street when three armed men approached and opened fire hitting him several times. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.<br /> <br /> Head of the Kingston West Police Division Superintendent Howard Chambers told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the two suspects currently in custody in will be charged this week.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Parkes&rsquo; mother, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer last Thursday, defended her son&rsquo;s innocence and denied that he was part of a gang.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi son innocent; mi child no mek no trouble. You can go anywhere and ask bout my child; mi nuh have no bad pickney,&rdquo; the mother of seven said as she called a neighbour to confirm her son&rsquo;s antecedents.<br /> <br /> The distraught mother told the Observer that since her son&rsquo;s death she has been living in fear, claiming she is familiar with the alleged killers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi cyaa walk which part mi a go&hellip; Him all inna market a wait pon mi. Him a map out if him see mi a come a market,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Referring to the suspect, the woman claimed that he too is a victim of violence, as &ldquo;them kill him brother and him father&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> One of Parkes&rsquo; younger siblings who watched helplessly as his brother took his last breath agreed with his mother that the deceased was not involved in the recent spate of killings in West Kingston. <br /> <br /> One of Parkes&rsquo; close friends, Crystal Bailey, struggled to fathom why someone would want to kill Parkes. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;He was a good friend. Never a sad moment, him always keep you happy. Nordel come een like a brother from another mother. When you say nice friend, he was a friend. A friend in need is a friend in deed, that is Nordel,&rdquo; Bailey said.<br /> <br /> She added: &ldquo;Nobody nuh have nothing bad fi say &lsquo;bout him &lsquo;cause he wasn&rsquo;t a bad person. If dem can kill Nordel Parkes, dem can kill anyone. It come in like is a baby dem kill, or a girl. We tired a it; dem need fi stop dem foolishness. Wi tired of it!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &mdash; Racquel Porter<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378285/235620_63230_repro_w300.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 UPDATE: Third Jacques Avenue fire victim dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--Third-Jacques-Road-fire-victim-dies <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The police are confirming that a third person who was injured in the fire on Jacques Avenue, off Mountain View Avenue in Kingston 3, on October 16 succumbed to his injuries about 11:00 pm on Sunday.<br /> <br /> He has been identified as 15-year-old Andrew Dennis of Jacques Road, Kingston. <br /> <br /> Reports from the Mountain View police are that about 2:35 pm people were illegally filling compressed gas cylinders from a storage tank attached to the back of a motor truck.<br /> <br /> It is reported that during the extraction process, one of the cylinders caught fire and subsequently exploded. The explosion resulted in five people being seriously injured and major damage to several properties.<br /> <br /> Three units from the Fire Brigade responded and cauterised the blaze, preventing further injury or damage to property.<br /> <br /> All five injured people were taken to hospital.<br /> <br /> The other two who have succumbed to their injuries are 48-year-old Everett Austin and 14-year-old Sanjay Williams.<br /> <br /> One of the other fire victims is still in hospital while the other was released.<br /> <br /> Read: Another victim succumbs to Jacques Road fire<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13380496/fire_w300.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016