Hanover mass murder convicts get life in prison

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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Two men who were found guilty of murdering six members of a family in Hanover three years ago were on Friday sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 80 years.

Justice Martin Gayle handed down the sentences to Mikhail Campbell and Errol Clarke who were also charged with four counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of arson.

The gruesome murders were committed on October 8, 2015 at Campbelton Road, March Town, Hanover, about 11:00 pm.

Police reported at the time that gunmen sprayed a five-bedroom board house with bullets, then fire-bombed it.

The Hanover police were summoned to the Campbelton community around 11:00 pm after residents reported hearing a barrage of gunshots.

Upon their arrival, the police saw a house engulfed in flames and called the fire brigade.

After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters found the charred remains of six family members in the rubble. Four other occupants of the house who were severely burnt were rushed to Noel Holmes Public General Hospital in the parish capital of Lucea, where they were admitted.

Those who perished in the fire were Linette Bloomfield, 63-year-old, housewife; Mark Bloomfield, 40-year-old, chef; Kerry-Ann Bloomfield, 36-year-old, sales clerk; Brian Mangaroo o/c “Tatoo man”/ “Kunte”, 30-year-old tatoo artiste; Davian Mahabee, 15-year-old student; and Alia Mahabee, 18 years old.

On October 22, 2015, Campbell, 27-year-old bike taxi operator of Green Island, Hanover and Clarke, o/c Scorcher, 51-year-old construction worker of Mountain Side, Hanover, were arrested.

Both were convicted of the murders in the Hanover Circuit Court on November 30, 2018.

Yesterday, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police McArthur Sutherland said that the efforts to apprehend and have the perpetrators answer the criminal charges, which led to their convictions, is commendable.

“I have personally congratulated the team for their efforts to properly investigate these major crimes that shocked the nation and traumatised the community when they were committed,” Sutherland said, adding that the Crown Counsel in the matter was Stephen Smith.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Criminal Investigation Branch Major Investigations Division assigned to the Area One Office.

“The parish of Hanover is a much safer place with these perpetrators effectively removed from the communities,” Sutherland added.

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