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Crown witness found dead in Frome

Police following several leads

BY HORACE HINES Observer reporter

Thursday, August 02, 2012    

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BLACKEATH, Westmoreland — Police investigators say they are following several leads in their investigation of the murder of a female banker, who was a Crown witness in a murder case, in which a policeman was implicated.

The deceased who was found with a gunshot wound and her throat slashed in a cane field on Tuesday, has been identified as 24-year-old Kadena Jarrett of Chantilly Gardens, Westmoreland.

Jarrett is alleged to have been involved in a relationship with 24-year-old Constable Jeffery Peart, who has been charged with the murder of a taxi operator in the Wild Cane district, St Ann.

The taxi man was a witness/complainant in a case before the court in which Constable Peart was accused of corruption.

According to a highly placed police source, allegations are that blood, believed to be that of the slain cabbie was discovered in the car that the accused cop borrowed from Jarrett—with whom he had a relationship— to drive to St Ann when the murder was allegedly committed.

The St Ann police are still in possession of the car.

In the meantime, Delbert Jarrett, father of the deceased, said family members were alarmed after Kadena did not return home at her "usual time," after leaving evening classes at a community college in Frome, Monday evening.

The family members became even more uneasy when she failed to respond to calls made to her cellular phone, he said.

"Normally I check on her whenever she goes to classes. I used to called her and ask her if she is good, and she would confirm. Yesterday when I called she said she was on her way home. So we were there until 9:30 pm and so I call her again and no answer and that go on throughout the night until daylight this morning (Tuesday)," recalled the distraught father.

Their worst fears later materialised when a ranger employed to the Frome Estate in Westmoreland made an alarm after he discovered the banker's blood soaked, bullet- riddled body near to her silver Honda motor car in a cane field.

"Somebody call me and tell me say them hear say a Honda was found up by Frome so me go up there and see that it is her. Me no know how me going handle it, but in God we trust," he said.

Crime scene investigators processed the scene after which the body was removed to the Doyley's Funeral Home in Savanna-la-Mar. The car was subsequently removed to the Frome Police Station.

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