Paulwell family murder: Another suspect held
The police say they have nabbed another individual suspected to be involved in the murders of parliamentarian Phillip Paulwell’s 10-month-old daughter Sarayah and her mother, Toshyna Patterson.
According to deputy commissioner of police (DCP) in charge of crime and security; Fitz Bailey, the male suspect, who was taken into custody on Wednesday, will go through an administrative process.
Bailey revealed this latest development in the case during an emergency press conference held at Criminal Investigations Branch headquarters in St Andrew to announce that 13 more individuals suspected to be members of the vicious Klansman gang were taken into custody on Thursday morning.
On September 9, 2023 news emerged that 27-year-old Patterson and her daughter were feared abducted. The police say the mother and daughter were taken to Warieka Hills where they were shot and killed and their bodies burned.
While not confirming whether more individuals are involved in the murders, Bailey insisted the police are going to ensure that every person that participated in that crime faces justice.
“We are committed to that as an organisation. It is one of the most gruesome crimes that we have ever seen and we are going to ensure that whoever is [involved], it doesn’t matter where they hide…even if you spread your bed in hell, or the utmost part of the sea, we’re going to find the persons and bring them to justice,” he said.
Bailey’s announcement follows the arrest and charge of three men, along with United States Navy culinary specialist Leoda Bradshaw, who the police singled out as the mastermind behind the murder-for-hire plot.
Now before the court, Bradshaw, who shares a child with Paulwell, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to murder, two counts of conspiracy to kidnapping, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of capital murder.
Her co-accused Roland Balfour, a 30-year-old assistant graphic designer of a Kingston address who is also her cousin, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to murder, two counts of conspiracy to kidnapping, and misprision of felony.
The other two men have since been convicted after they accepted plea deals from prosecutors. They are Richard Brown, otherwise called Richie, and 29-year-old Roshane Miller.
In the meantime, Bailey was tight-lipped when questioned about the murder investigation into the death of Melissa Silvera, the wife of former People’s National Party Member of Parliament Jolyan Silvera.
He said he got an update on the case on Wednesday but did not wish to share the details with the public at this time.
“The investigation is ongoing and I am satisfied with the pace at which the investigation is going. It’s a very sensitive investigation and I don’t wish to [reveal] too much details…We proceed with our investigation and at the appropriate time, when we can release information, we will do so,” he said.
It was previously reported that Silvera died in her sleep on November 10. However, the police upgraded their probe after Silvera’s post-mortem revealed she was shot three times.
It was also reported that Silvera’s husband retained the services of King’s Counsel Peter Champagnie who said his client is not a suspect.
Bailey also refrained from saying whether or not Jolyan Silvera is now a suspect in the murder investigation.