New suspects held in Irwin rape case

— Horace Hines

Wednesday, January 08, 2014    

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ROSE HALL, St James — A number of persons were last week taken into custody by the St James police in connection with the 2012 rape of five females, including an eight-year-old, in Irwin, St James.

The individuals taken into custody are to be placed on an identification parade, commander of the Police Area 1, ACP Warren Clarke, said at a press briefing yesterday.

"We are confident that they will be identified by the persons (victims) based on the investigations. We are very, very anxious to see that through," ACP Clarke said.

Two brothers, Kerron and Sheldon Brissett, who were charged with the rape and assault of the five females, were last year acquitted of all charges in the Western Regional Gun Court after the prosecution offered no further evidence.

The brothers were jointly charged with burglary, robbery with aggravation, illegal possession of firearm, abduction and assault at common law as well as the sexual assault charges including rape, buggery, sexual touching and grievous sexual assault after they were pointed out at an identification parade.

The court was told that on September 17, 2012, an armed man gained access into the house where the females were. The men then allegedly took the females, one at a time, to a nearby open lot and proceeded to rape them.

Following the acquittal of the brothers, Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington ordered a probe into allegations that there was misconduct on the part of the police in the investigations.



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