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Hang Them!

Family members wanted convicted murderers of six to get capital punishment

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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MARCH PEN, Hanover —Family members of the six people who were wiped out during a brutal attack at their home by gunmen here three years ago, are adamant that the two persons recently convicted for the bloodbath should have gone to the gallows.

They are still strongly advocating for the two convicted murderers to be given capital punishment.

They argue that 27-year-old Mikhail Campbell, otherwise called 'Troy', bike taxi operator of Green Island, Hanover; and 51-year-old Errol Clarke, otherwise called 'Scorcher', construction worker of Mountainside in the parish, who were convicted for the six murders should not be living in prison at the expense of taxpayers.

Both men were convicted in the Hanover Home Circuit Court recently for six counts of murder, four counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, and one count of arson.

On the three counts of murder, Campbell and Clarke were each sentenced to life imprisonment on each count. These sentences are to run concurrently, with the possibility of parole after they serve 40 years in prison.

Regarding the other three counts of murder, both men were each sentenced to life imprisonment on each count. These sentences are to run consecutively wit both being eligible for parole after serving 80 years.

On the four counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, the men each received sentences of 20 years imprisonment at hard labour to run currently.

On the one count of arson, they were each sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at hard labour.

“Don't matter what sentence them get, it cannot bring back my family, it cannot bring back my house and furniture that I have lost, and I am just so sorry that hanging is not still in place because my tax-dollar will have to feed them also, when they are incarcerated,” Norvin Bloomfield told the Jamaica Observer West last week.

Norvin is the husband of Linette Bloomfield, father of Mark and Kerrian, grandfather of Alia Mahabee and Davion Mahabee, and uncle- in-law of Brian Mangaroo, all victims of the October 2015 bloodbath. His house was also torched by the attackers.

Norvin's daughter, Elaine is in full support of her father's position.

“Them (convicts) doing a sentence (but) me don't really happy about the sentence because at the end of the day they are still eating tax payers' money up there. Mi feel more or less they should bring back hanging,” she declared as she stood at the family plot where five of the six are buried.

The police reported that on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at about 11:30 pm, residents heard explosions and shortly after saw fire coming from a board dwelling.

After the blaze was brought under control the charred bodies of the six were seen amongst the rubble. Four other occupants of the house received injuries and were treated at hospital.

Norvin, who escaped with minor injuries, is still haunted by the memory of the ordeal which is indelibly etched in his mind.

“He (one of the shooters) ordered my wife (Linette) to lie down and she laid down on her stomach and she was begging and pleading saying 'Oh God unno no kill me' and right in front of my eyes they shot her to death,” the distressed husband bemoaned, his voice cracking up as tears began to flow freely.

“My grandson (Davion) ran into the bathroom behind his mother's room and they went there and shot him and kill him.”

The elderly man described his slain grandson as a gifted student.

“He would make this family so big and proud. He was just 15 years old when they took his life. Them out a bright shining star,” he lamented.

He directed most of his anger at Campbell, a friend of the family who up to the fateful day of the massacre visited the house on three different occasions.

“Mikhail Campbell that got convicted, she (Linette) was like a mother to him. Because up to the day of the incident he was here on three different occasions. Him sleep in the house, him eat here, mi wife cook for him,” he reflected.

He lauded Inspector David Ebanks for his professional conduct during the investigation into the matter.

“He is to be commended handsomely,” said the grieving Bloomfield, who sleeps at night with his murdered wife's picture on the bed beside him.

It is not clear what was the motive for the massacre.


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