Judge, lawyer on hit list

Man angered by court decision also accused of murder

BY Mark Cummings Editor-at-Large Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — The Westmoreland police have beefed up security around a parish judge and an attorney following threats against their lives allegedly by a man who was the complainant in a matter before the Savanna-la-Mar Parish Court.

Commanding Officer for the Westmoreland Police Division Superintendent David White told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the police have also increased their presence at the Savanna-la-Mar Parish Court, and are now looking for a man who lives in the parish and who reportedly issued the threats against the lives of the attorney and the judge.

According to Superintendent White, the suspect is also wanted in connection with the shooting death of his neighbour, who was killed near his home hours after a case of unlawful wounding in which he (the suspect) was the complainant was thrown out of court last Thursday by the parish judge.

The attorney, White said, represented the man who was eventually slain in the matter.

Yesterday, Superintendent White declined to disclose the names of the parish judge and the attorney who have been threatened, citing "security reasons", but stressed that "we have very good investigators and therefore we expect to settle this matter very quickly".

"Basically what happened is that [the suspect] took [the victim] to court in a matter, the judge threw out the case but he [suspect] felt that it was not justifiable... [the victim] was then shot and killed and threats were then issued to the attorney and the parish judge," Superintendent White explained.

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