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Five charged in relation to kidnapping, murder of Kingston businessman

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 9:31 AM

Detectives attached to the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) have arrested and charged five persons in connection with the December 2018 murder of Kingston businessman, Howard Ares.

The police say their probe took them across two parishes and included the utilisation of forensic evidence.

The accused, who were arrested in a series of operations over the course of a week from December 29, 2018 to January 5, have been identified as:

* Twenty-five-year-old Marvin Wright, otherwise called ‘Skull’ and ‘Indian’, a labourer of March Pen Road, Spanish Town in St Catherine.

* Twenty-six-year-old, Andrew Clement, otherwise called ‘Bush’, a welder of Walkers Road, Old Harbour in St Catherine.

* Twenty-eight-year-old Andrae Bailey, otherwise called ‘Pah’, a jack hammer operator of Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine.

* Twenty-five-year-old Javene Simpson, otherwise called ‘Kermaine’, a labourer of Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine.

* Twenty-six-year-old Rochelle Wright, a dancer of Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine.

The five have been charged jointly with the following offences:

> Murder.

> Conspiracy to murder.

> Robbery with aggravation.

> Extortion.

> Kidnapping.

> Assault with intent to rob.

> Conspiracy to prevent the burial of a corpse.

> Burglary and robbery with aggravation.

> Illegal possession of firearm.

> Illegal possession of ammunition

All five are to appear before the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday, January 18.

Ares’s body was found in a shallow grave on Terminal Lane in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine on Sunday, December 16.

Detectives say Ares was transacting business with persons in the area, however, a dispute developed and he was kidnapped, shot and buried in a shallow grave when their demands were not met.

Head of the CIB Senior Superintendent McArthur Sutherland has commended the detectives for their work.

“The tenacious efforts of the investigators who were relentless in the development and pursuit of investigative leads as they emerged is yet another example of a positive approach to criminal investigations,” said SSP Sutherland. 

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