Siblings on murder rap for court today

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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SIBLINGS Jamelia and Javone Leslie, who had reportedly confessed to the gruesome murder of a woman and her two young children in Mavis Bank, St Andrew in July, are scheduled to reappear in the Home Circuit Court today.

The case was yesterday transferred to the high court for mention from the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, but when the matter was raised, it was set back for today and the siblings were remanded.

Jamelia, a 27-year-old lab technician quality control supervisor, and 26-year-old Javone, a construction worker, both of Guava Ridge in Mavis Bank, are facing three counts of murder, one count of arson and burglary.

The siblings were arrested and charged in relation to the murders of 27-year-old Kashief Jackson, one-year-old Aviere Williams, and seven-day-old Aranza Williams in Tower Hill, St Andrew.

The police reported that the bodies of the victims were found at their home on July 18. The police said there were also signs that efforts were made to set fire to the house.

The children reportedly died from smoke inhalation while Jackson died from stab wounds.

According to residents of the small community on the outskirts of Mavis Bank, the mother was found clutching her week-old daughter to her bosom, while the boy, Aviere, who would have celebrated his second birthday in July, was found in a bath pan a few feet from his mother and sister.

Residents allege that Jackson was involved in a love triangle.

However, Jackson's boyfriend had told the Jamaica Observer that he had been in a relationship with the accused before Jackson entered the picture. But since then, he said, the women had been at odds even though they had never seen each other face to face.

The police later revealed that Leslie and Jackson's boyfriend have a four-year-old son.

— Tanesha Mundle

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