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'Portland no safe haven for criminals' - Cops warn migrating thugs after one of nation's most wanted caught in parish

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMGareth Davis Sr
Deputy Superintendent of Police Oneil ‘Merciless’ Thompson supervising the seizure of illegal DVD’s in Portland.

Port Antonio, Portland:

In the wake of the capture of one of the country's most wanted in Portland, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Oneil 'Merciless' Thompson has issued a warning to criminals seeking refuge in the peaceful parish.

Thompson, who is in charge of operations, said the police are well aware that criminal elements, whose activities have been disrupted in other parishes as a result of hard work by law enforcement, have been heading to what they believe are safer grounds to set up shop and resume their illegal activities and lifestyles.

"This parish is not a safe haven for killers, robbers, scammers, or anyone engaging in unlawful activities," commented Thompson.

"The police are on high alert and no criminal mind or those with links to criminal activities will be entertained in this peaceful parish. The honest and law-abiding citizens will continue to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that they are accustomed to; and no gunman, rapist, extortionist, or those engaged in illicit activities will cause mayhem or anarchy on loving and caring residents," he added.

Twenty-nine-year-old Sheniele Kemar Levy, unemployed of 9 Windward Road in Kingston, who is also known as 'Reds' or 'Choppy', was recaptured in Muriton Pen, Long Road, Portland, on Tuesday. He is wanted for murder, shooting with intent, and absconding bail.

 

Double murder

 

Levy is charged with the double murder of Paul Flemmings and Cecil Edwards and was listed as a person of interest in the shooting of Henritta Edwards and Richardo Mason in the St Andrew Police Division in 2016.

The police said Levy absconded bail in 2016 and is a member of the 'Just Kool Gang'. He was also implicated in the murder of Dwane Grant in 2011.

"We have recorded only one murder so far since the start of this year and we have seen a trending down of major crimes. The police have an excellent relationship with its citizens, who have been sensitised about the need to be weary of strangers in their community. This parish is poised to undergo major development and the police will ensure that Portland remains the best place to work, raise families, conduct business, and to invest," Thompson concluded.