Police constable on murder rap to face court today
A 32-year-old police constable and two alleged cronies are scheduled to appear in May Pen Parish Court today to answer a murder charge and several breaches of the Firearms Act.
Constable Jimoke Ingram of Petunia Crescent in Longville Park, Clarendon, and 33-year-old Sheldon Harris, a car wash operator of Poinciana Way, also in Longville Park, are charged jointly with murder, possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorised possession of ammunition, and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
A third co-accused, 32-year-old customer service representative Shanika Simpson, has been charged with multiple breaches of the Firearms Act.
According to the police, these charges stem from the shooting death of 59-year-old farmer Donnett Lowe, also of a Longville Park address.
Reports are that about 4:45 am on December 27 two men, one armed with a gun, visited Lowe at his home and engaged him in a brief conversation. Shortly after, loud explosions were heard and the police were alerted.
On their arrival the cops found Lowe was seen lying in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Swift action by investigators led to the arrest of the duo, and they were subsequently pointed out during an identification parade the same day.
Investigators, in pursuit of evidence relative to the murder of Lowe, went to the constable’s home where an operation was conducted.
A search of the premises was done in the presence of Ingram and Simpson, who also resides at the address.
The search resulted in the recovery of several rounds of assorted ammunition, among other things, in a barrel in their bedroom.
The cops say the search yielded one pistol, 216 5.56 rounds, one 20-gauge cartridge, 15 12-gauge cartridges, 47 9mm rounds, 26 7.62 rounds, 68 .38 special rounds, nine M16 magazines, one sub-machine gun magazine, and two pistol magazines.
Ingram and Simpson were then charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorised possession of ammunition, dealing in prohibited weapons, stockpiling of prohibited weapons, and unauthorised use of premises for the storage of firearms.