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Police investigators reveal possible motive behind March Pen Road shooting

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 10:16 PM
A policeman secures the crime scene where the burnt bodies of five residents were found in a tenament yard in an area known as Africa Settlement on March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday.

The police say they are now following several leads into the murders of five people and the shooting of two others in the March Pen Road community of Spanish Town, St Catherine on Sunday.

According to the police, so far investigations indicate that the shooting is linked to the ongoing internal gang feud between Tesha Miller and the Blackman factions of the notorious Spanish Town-based Clansman Gang.

The police say the feud has resulted in the deaths of at least 70 persons since Miller’s release from prison in the United States and his return to Jamaica in April.

The police say information gathered by investigators indicate that the March Pen Road shooting was motivated by a man identified as Marvin Campbell otherwise called ‘Fat Man”, who is from the March Pen Area. 

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According to the police, Campbell is wanted in relation to a case of incest and allegedly issued several death threats to the victim and the victim's family to dissuade them from pursuing the matter.

The police say the victims of Sunday’s gruesome act are all relatives of the sexual assault victim. 

Campbell has since been asked by the police to turn in himself.

The police say he may seek the assistance of his attorney, any Justice of the Peace, a member of the Clergy or family member; as he will be pursued and brought to justice.

The Police High Command is again urging residents of the St Catherine North and South Divisions and in particular the Spanish Town, Portmore, Linstead and Old Harbour areas to disassociate themselves from persons who are known to be committing criminal acts.