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New twist in ex-cop's murder

Can bank teller account for Tony Hewitt's death?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012    

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POLICE yesterday were tight-lipped about the arrest of a bank teller who is suspected to be involved in the shooting death of retired Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony 'Tony' Hewitt.

A highly placed Jamaica Observer source said that the bank teller is alleged to be under investigation for fraudulently taking funds from an account owned by Hewitt, who reported him to the authorities.

"It is suspected that Tony Hewitt was the victim of a contract killing and the teller is believed to be involved," the source said.

Hewitt was attacked and shot to death two Sundays ago when he went to visit a relative at Donmair Court, off Donmair Drive in St Andrew.

Police report that two men approached him as he alighted from his vehicle and one whispered something in his ear before a struggle ensued.

Hewitt reportedly fought off the gunmen and raced to his car where he had left his licensed firearm. His attackers opened fire and he was shot in the arm, leg and buttocks. He reportedly died after he bled out from a ruptured main vein in his leg. Police believe Hewitt was trailed to the apartment by his attackers.

Three men — Jermaine 'Duppy Bat' Smith, Richard 'Red Head' Francis and Jomo McLeod — all residents of the tough community known as 'Common' which is near to the spot where Hewitt met his demise, were named as persons of interest and turned themselves in to the police days after the killing.

The three are scheduled to undergo an identification parade today.

A fourth resident of 'Common' has also handed himself in to the police and remains in custody.

However, the Observer source said other persons have been collared by the cops as the investigation into the brazen murder of the former decorated cop continues.

"There are others in jail in connection with that murder as we speak. The men who were named may be released soon, emphasis on may," the source said.

Yesterday, Christian Tavares-Finson, defence attorney for Smith, Francis and McLeod, confirmed that his clients were scheduled to undergo identification parades today.

Hewitt rose to prominence as a fearless and effective cop during the politically divided 1970s and retired from the force in 2003.

He was the head of the Flying Squad Division of the Criminal Investigation Branch and the Special Anti-Crime Task Force.

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