Cops charge five juveniles with homeless man's burning, death
Stock photo of fire.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police today charged five juveniles in connection with the death of a homeless man who was set on fire in August.

The underage boys, ages 15 to 17 years, were charged with murder and are to appear in the Family Court on Friday.

They have been charged with the murder of Lionel Johnson, who died at hospital where he was rushed by police who found him with severe burns on August 29.

Johnson was reportedly set ablaze early in the morning in the vicinity of the National Heroes Circle in Kingston. He died while undergoing treatment.

A Molotov cocktail bomb and a lighter were reportedly found at the location.

Traffic in that area had to be diverted due to the crime scene being processed by the Kingston Central police.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development had offered a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killers.

The police picked up the five suspects recently following intense investigations.

David Dunkley

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