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Two men get life sentence for murder of six in Hanover

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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HANOVER, Jamaica — Two men who were charged with the murder of six members of a family on Campbelton Road in Logwood, Hanover in October 2015 were given life sentences when they appeared in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

Sentenced are 27-year-old Mikhail Campbell, otherwise called 'Troy', bike taxi operator of Green Island, Hanover and 51-year-old Errol Clarke, otherwise called 'Scorcher', construction worker of Mountainside in the parish.

Both men were convicted for six counts of murder, four counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, and one count of arson on November 30 this year.

On three counts of murder, Campbell and Clarke were each sentenced to life imprisonment on each count. These sentences are to run concurrently, with the possibility for parole after serving 40 years in prison.

Regarding the other three counts of murder, both men were each sentenced to life imprisonment on each count. These sentences are to run consecutively both being eligible for parole after serving 80 years.

On the four counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, the men each received sentences of 20 years imprisonment at hard labour to run currently.

On the one count of arson, they were each sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at hard labour.

The conviction and sentence stems from investigations carried out by members of the Area one Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) into the killing of the six people and the injuring of four others when their house was invaded by the men who opened gunfire at them then set their house ablaze about 11:30 pm, on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

“Congratulations to the team for their efforts to properly investigate these major crimes that shocked the nation and traumatised the community when they were committed. The efforts to apprehend and have the perpetrators answer the criminal charges which led to their convictions is indeed remarkable. The parish of Hanover is a much safer place with these perpetrators effectively removed from the communities,” Acting Head of the CIB, Senior Superintendent of Police McArthur Sutherland was quoted as saying.

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