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Three charged with murder of attorney Clover Graham

Sunday, October 21, 2012    

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THE police yesterday charged three men for the murder of 56-year-old attorney-at-law Clover Graham.

Police said Simeon Lewis, otherwise called 'Fret Dem', 25-year-old contractor of Sinclair Drive, Gordon Pen in Spanish Town and Mandela Town; Quron Patterson, otherwise called 'Q', 22-year-old labourer of North Avenue, Gordon Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine; and Shannon Campbell, otherwise called 'Wire', 18-year-old labourer of Sinclair Drive, Gordon Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine have all been charged with murder and conspiracy to murder.

The police also reported that several items belonging to Graham were recovered during the course of their investigation.

Graham's body was found face down on the infield of the Caymanas Polo Club, off Mandela Highway in St Catherine, on August 19, 2012.

Her throat was slashed.

Yesterday, the police said that the murder investigationinvolved several formations within the constabulary, including the Criminal Investigation Branch Headquarters, Organised Crime Investigation Division, Flying Squad, St Catherine North and South Divisions, St Catherine MIT, St Andrew South and the National Intelligence Bureau.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington said he was encouraged by the level of collaboration demonstrated by the various formations which led to the three persons being arrested and charged.

"The investigation of Graham's murder was very complicated and at some stages very convoluted," Ellington said. "JCF's investigators and operations teams combined resources and intelligence very well to effect a satisfactory end result. I am truly encouraged by this level of professional work and collaboration." The murder, which revived memories among her family of the brutal killing of her son, Taiwo McKenzie and his girlfriend Jhanel Whyte in 2008, was committed a week after Graham had returned from London.

Graham, a University of Technology lecturer and United Nations representative, lived at Eltham Acres in Spanish Town, St Catherine. Police theorised that she was abducted while entering her home the night before her body was found.

Yesterday, the police said that the three persons charged with her murder will be placed before the Court sometime this week.

On September 17, Andre Ennis and Shane Brown were sentenced to life in prison for murdering Graham's son and his girlfriend in what has become known as the 'Good Samaritan killings'.

The two were jointly charged with George Cooper for the murders, but Cooper later turned state witness after pleading guilty to a lesser charge for which he is now serving eight years in prison.

The three men are said to have participated in the abduction and subsequent brutal murders of the couple, who had taken medicine, among other things, to the three men following a motor vehicle accident.

During the week of November 4, Whyte and McKenzie were travelling together in a motor vehicle along Border Avenue in St Andrew and met in an accident with Ennis and Cooper, who were travelling on a motorcycle. The couple took the men to the University Hospital where they were treated and released.

The following day, arrangements were made for the couple to take medication and crutches to the injured men at an apartment in Havendale. However, Whyte and McKenzie were never seen alive again after making the trip. Their bodies were subsequently found on November 9 in bushes at Mount Salus, Red Hills, with their throats slashed.

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