Shab Don remains in custody on murder rap
Shab Don

DONAHUE Martin, attorney-at-law representing embattled dancehall producer Linval “Shab Don” Thompson Jr, says his legal team will be making an application for bail for his client.

“He’s been in custody since Friday. There’s not much I can say as we’re just monitoring the situation. The most we can do is submit an application for bail but as is, we’re just monitoring the situation,” Martin told the Jamaica Observer.

Thompson Jr, who is already battling a charge before the court for attempting to bribe a police officer in a previous incident, was taken in by the Joint Anti-Gang Task Force following an operation in St Catherine South on Friday.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) tweeted about the development on Friday evening, stating that Thompson Jr was identified as a person of interest in the triple murder which occurred in Rose Heights, St James, on May 25.

On the night in question, five people were shot when masked men sprayed them with bullets. One man died immediately after the shooting, and another two — a man and a woman — died overnight.

In regards to his other legal battle, Thompson Jr is before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree contesting an incident which occurred in October 2021.

According to a police report, members of the Specialised Operations SWAT team searched a vehicle Thompson Jr and co-accused Romario “BMR” Scott were travelling in and found an illegal loaded gun. It is alleged that Thompson Jr tried to bribe the police officer with a sum of $2 million. The incident occurred on South Street in Old Harbour.

Both men were subsequently charged.

Scott pleaded guilty in April 2022 and is currently serving six years and one month for possession of a firearm, and four years and one month for possession of ammunition in prison. The sentences are running concurrently.

The son of singer Linval Thompson, Thompson Jr — who always dons a cap and mask — is principal of Shab Don Records and has been making a name for himself in musical circles.

His production credits include Vybz Kartel’s Any Weather, Squash’s Money Fever, Shub Out by Teejay, and Money We Love by Chronic Law, Squash, and Vybz Kartel.

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer

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