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Updated Every Weekday at Noon - Jamaica Time March 4, 1999
George Flash faces 22-y-o murder charge

ONE OF Jamaica's most wanted fugitives, on the run for more than 20 years, turned himself in at the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Headquarters in downtown Kingston yesterday.

Forty-nine-year-old George 'Benero' Flash was a member of the once notorious 'Hot Stepper Posse' from Warieka Hill in East Kingston.

"I did not recognise him," said Senior Superintendent Tony Hewitt, who was a young detective assigned to track down the feared gang, which was involved in a series of killings and robberies in the 1970s and 1980s.

Police had to dig into archives to remind themselves of the various offences for which he was wanted. Flash was accompanied to the CIB Headquarters by the People's National Party (PNP) Region Three Chairman, Paul Burke.

After a long interview with senior detectives, the fugitive was arrested and charged with the June 16, 1977, murder of Edward 'Ted' O'Gilvie in the Havendale area of St. Andrew.

"A warrant was out for his arrest on that murder, but he was also wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Montez Mullings committed in Hayles, Clarendon, on October 13, 1977," said Superintendent Hewitt.

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