Taxi operator charged with arson after allegedly setting passenger’s house on fire
WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — A Westmoreland taxi operator of Bay Road, Little London in Westmoreland has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and arson following an incident in Whitehall Phase 3, Negril on Sunday, November 5, 2023.
He is Howard Mason otherwise called ‘Blacks.’
Reports from the Negril police are that about 2:30 am, an argument developed between Mason and a man who was a passenger in his taxi. Mason reportedly left the area then returned with a bottle of gasoline which he used to set the complainant’s house ablaze. The homeowner made an attempt to put out the blaze, and was injured in the process. He was assisted to hospital where he was treated and released.
He later made a report to the police and following investigations, Mason was taken into custody on Sunday, December 29.