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Police: Arrest soon in cross-dresser's death

Wednesday, August 14, 2013    

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THE police could soon make an arrest in the beating death of cross-dresser Dwayne Jones at a dance in St James last month.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Steve Brown said yesterday that detectives were making progress in their probe and have already collected 14 statements.

"We are following some leads so we sincerely hope that we will be able to make an arrest in the matter very soon," Brown said.

The 17-year-old was beaten and stabbed by a mob at a dance just outside Montego Bay on July 22 after he showed up dressed in women's clothing.

The killing has received widespread condemnation, including from the local gay community and overseas groups after the story was picked up by the international press.

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding also condemned the killing, saying that such "depraved acts of violence against individuals" must "cease".

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