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Police await DNA results as probe into boys’ death widens

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, October 18, 2012    

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ZION, Trelawny - THE police are now awaiting forensic results to determine whether three men, who voluntarily supplied DNA samples to the Government Forensic Laboratory in Kingston last week, are linked to the deaths of two boys from the Zion community.

The decomposing bodies of Alex Brown,10, and Javani Brown, 7, (not related) were fished from the Martha Brae River last month.

Family members believe that they were sodomised and killed.

Commander of the Area One Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Devon Watkis, told the Observer West that the trio was interviewed by an elite unit, headed by Area One Crime Officer Superintendent Derrick Champaignie before they consented to provide the DNA samples.

ACP Watkis also noted that the police are awaiting results of forensic analysis to determine whether the boys were sodomised, as is widely speculated.

And as their probe in the deaths of the boys widens, the ACP also revealed that investigators will also question a man — who was charged earlier this week in connection with the death of 23-year-old sales representative Toneva Forbes in Hague Settlement community on October 1 — regarding the death of the boys.

The police, however, have not disclosed the identity of the accused, who is to face an identification parade for the rape of a woman.

Twelve days before the sales representative's corpse was found wrapped in a sheet under a bed in the accused's house, the boys' bodies were recovered in a nearby river. The accused was subsequently shot and injured and his house torched.

Meanwhile, the four members of the Zion community who have been charged in connection with the death of Donovan Hazley, also called 'Abbra,' are scheduled to return to court on January 11, next year.

The four, 32-year-old unemployed Duwayne Brown; 29-year-old tailor Nigel Brown; 23-year-old carpenter Kenton Mowatt, and 36-year-old unemployed Dalton Johnson were granted bail when they appeared in the Duncans Resident Magistrate's Court last week.

The Browns were both granted bail in the sum of $600,000, while the two other accused were each offered $400,000 bail.

Hazley's death is widely believed to be an act of reprisal for the boys, whose decomposing bodies were found in the river.

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