Reprisal motive for murder of alleged gang member, cops say

Thursday, March 08, 2018

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THE Kingston Western police say they have established a motive for the killing of an alleged member of the Upsetter gang in Torrington Park Monday evening.

Thirty-seven year-old Dewayne Robinson, otherwise known as 'Little Wicked' of a Hannah Town address, was gunned down at a shop in the area in what the police are saying is a reprisal killing.

It is reported that about 5:33 pm, the police were summoned by residents who reported hearing explosions.

Head of the division, Superintendent of Police Howard Chambers, told the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday that when the police arrived at the location, Robinson was seen lying on his back in the shop with blood around his head. Robinson was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Superintendent Chambers said that Monday's reprisal killing is as a result of a long-standing feud between rival gangs Upsetter and Superstar from Hannah Town and Oxford Street, respectively.

The police did not say to which other killing Robinson's murder was related.

Last October, Denham Town was declared the country's second zone of special operations (ZOSO) by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Weeks later, the boundaries were extended to sections of Hannah Town and the initial 90-day duration extended by an additional 90 days.

When the Kingston Western community was initially declared a ZOSO, former Police Commissioner George Quallo had stated that 12 gangs, including the Upsetter and Superstar gangs, were operating in the geographical area.

Meanwhile, the police said investigations into Robinson's murder are ongoing.

— Racquel Porter




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