'Justice only for a few in Jamaica'

Brother of deceased man bemoans apparent police inaction

BY KIMONE FRANCIS
Staff reporter
francisk@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, October 09, 2017

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ONE year after the gruesome killing of 51-year-old Germaine Junior at the upper St Andrew home of prominent attorney-at-law Patrick Bailey, his family members say they are emotionally raw because no progress has been made in identifying or arresting the perpetrator.

Junior's brother, David Roberts, who spoke with the Jamaica Observer over the weekend, said since his death, the police have made contact with him only once. Roberts said while he understands that a “so-called investigation” is taking place, it cannot be that the police continue to keep the family in the dark.

“We don't get no justice because the criminals are still [out] there and they know who they are ... I am hearing things and I don't know how true it is, say is one a dem big man deh responsible for it, but justice is only for a few in Jamaica,” Roberts stated, suggesting that the police know the identity of the alleged perpetrator.

“We keep on talking about him. He is the only brother I was close with; he's the only brother I love so much.”

The man argued that had his brother, who had become a United States citizen through marriage, been prominent or well known, the process of the investigation and outcome to date would have been different. His brother was visiting Jamaica at the time he was murdered.

“We need to know why my brother was killed and by whom,” he insisted.

The Observer contacted the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) and was told that an update on the investigation could only be given by Senior Superintendent Maurice Robinson, commander of the St Andrew Central Police Division, or recently appointed Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Assistant Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke.

Calls to the numbers provided by CCU for Robinson were unsuccessful, while Clarke reported that he has not been fully briefed on the case.

The Observer was also unsuccessful in contacting former head of the CIB, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell.

Powell had in June told journalists at a JCF press conference that investigations into the murder are ongoing and insisted that the police would not cover up anything.

“We have not been speaking publicly about it, like we haven't been speaking publicly about many other murders. The fact is that we are quietly doing our work and we can assure Jamaica that nothing will be hidden in this case,” Powell said then. “We have not hidden anything in any other case and we're not going to be hiding anything in this case. We will stay above the fray. We're going to do our job as best as we can and the chips will fall where they may.”

Since that statement, the police have given no further updates on the case. No suspect has been named and no motive has been established for the killing that occurred in the living room of Bailey's house.

Junior's body was found with multiple stab wounds and a single gunshot wound to the head on the morning of September 30, 2016 in the Barbican house.

Police reported that Bailey stumbled upon the body about 4:30 am. A knife, believed to have been the one used to stab Junior, was reportedly found beside the body. The deceased was said to be the caretaker of the premises, something his family has been denying. The police said that there were no signs of forced entry and immediately ruled Bailey out as a suspect, saying that he was asleep when the killing occurred.

When the Observer contacted Bailey earlier this year, he declined to respond to the allegations by Junior's relatives.

“Anything dem seh, mek dem seh it. I have no answer; just publish whatever they say. My back is broad. I have no comments, no comments, no comments! Just simply, you report whatever you want to,” he insisted.

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