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Man charged with Valentine's Day murders

Saturday, March 22, 2014    

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A man suspected to have been involved in the Valentine's Day shooting of two people, including a 17-month-old boy, in Dunkirk, Kingston, has been charged with murder.

Superintendent Arthur Brown, head of the East Kingston Police Division, said Damion Samuels was on Thursday slapped with two counts of murder. Samuels was one of four suspects apprehended last week in connection with the killings. He is scheduled to appear before the Half-Way-Tree Court next Wednesday.

Seventeen-month-old Threjan Harvey and Demar McKenzie, who went by the alias "Biggs", were shot and killed by gunmen who opened fire at patrons at a party on Banana Street in the community.

In an apparent act of revenge, armed men went to neighbouring Bryden Street where they shot and injured a man and a woman who bravely fought off the gunmen's attempts to shoot their two-month-old baby.

The incident resulted in increased police presence in the community to prevent an all-out war.

Meanwhile, yesterday, the Kingston Central Police said they have made a breakthrough into the murder of a woman whose body was found with multiple stab wounds in downtown Kingston early Monday.

"We now have a man in custody in connection with the case where the body of the woman, Harriet Glenda James, was found," Superintendent Victor Hamilton, head of the Kingston Central Division, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

Superintendent Hamilton said the man turned himself over to the police on Wednesday.

James' body as found close to a vending area near the intersection of Beckford Street and Matthews Lane by the police who were called to the vicinity.

However, up to yesterday the police were yet to give a possible motive for the woman's murder.

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