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Two inmates killed in Sav 'lock-up

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater
Paul Clarke photo Kereisha Reid (left), is comforted by a friend.
Paul Clarke photo The Savanna-la-Mar Police Station in Westmoreland.
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Western Bureau:

Two inmates were killed in the lock-up at the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station in Westmoreland yesterday morning, while a third inmate is now in a critical state in hospital, nursing serious knife-inflicted injuries.

The dead men, who are both from Westmoreland, have been identified as 28-year-old Mosiah Morgan of Red Ground, Negril, and 20-year-old Romario Reid of Hermitage, Bethel Town. The identity of the injured man could not be ascertained.

Two inmates, whose identities have not been revealed, are being questioned in connection with the deadly attack. The police also seized three knives, which are believed to be the weapons used in the killing.

According to information provided by the police Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), at approximately 7 a.m., the inmates were allowed out of their cells to have their morning shower. During that process, they were attacked by knife-wielding men from another cell.

During the fracas, Morgan and Reid were killed and the other man seriously wounded. The Gleaner was not able to ascertain the cause of the dispute between the attackers and the victims.

While onlookers milled around outside the police station yesterday, an irate relative of one of the deceased questioned the circumstances under which he was killed.

"I want to know why the police placed my brother (Romario Reid) back into the same cell where he was attacked and slashed in his face twice last week," said Kereisha Reid, who told The Gleaner that her brother was in custody as a suspect in a murder case. "He was badly injured and had to get medical attention."

When quizzed as to the possible circumstances, which led to the incident, Paul Bernard, the officer in charge of crime in Westmoreland, said all additional information would be provided by the CCU.

In a release yesterday afternoon, Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams expressed regret at the deaths of the inmates and the injuring of the third man.

"I am extremely concerned about the murder of any Jamaican; however, the killing or injury of anyone in the custody of the police is not taken lightly," said Williams, who stated that he had ordered an investigation into the incident.

Police lock-ups in western Jamaica have been under the microscope in recent times with incidents such as the Mario Deane beating death at the Barnett Street Police Station, in Montego Bay; the Kamoza Clarke beating death at the Falmouth Police Station; and the escape of a dangerous prisoner - who was recaptured at the home of a policewoman - from the Freeport police.