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Police say Clarendon quadruple murder suspects will be charged soon

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 6:16 PM

The Police High Command says it will soon lay charges against two persons now in custody in relation to the quadruple murder in Clarendon on April 15.

The High Command says the investigation of the murders of 14 year-old Raymond Givans, 14 year-old Ricardo Briscoe, 16 year-old Alex Turner and 35 year-old accounting clerk, Marquis Hamilton, is receiving urgent attention.

It also says significant resources have been deployed to assist investigators.

The police high command gave the update as it revealed that the police have been making progress in the arrest and conviction of wanted persons in the past three weeks.

It says St. James is leading with fourteen persons held for murder and five for shooting and other serious offences.

The High Command also says it has refined its murder reduction strategy with all divisions expected to focus additional assets on a weekly basis on persons wanted for serious crimes and those who are sponsoring these crimes.

According to the High Command, the police will be intensifying their presence along major thoroughfares and in public spaces to deny criminals the opportunity to commit crimes, especially murders.

The High Command is also committing more oversight support for the St Catherine North and South, St James, Clarendon and Westmoreland police divisions, which are responsible for a large percentage of the murders reported since the start of the year.

Other elements of the strategy will see members of the Criminal Investigation Branch, National Intelligence Bureau and the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch providing greater support to the geographic divisions in targeting gangs.