Police search for suspects in St Thomas murders

Published: Wednesday | October 19, 2011 Comments 0

The St. Thomas police were yesterday in pursuit of two suspects in the Saturday night murder of Courtney Brown and his two young sons in Phillipsfield, St Thomas.

"We continue to pursue the two suspects now known, but we are not prepared to release their names now," said Superintendent Mervin McNab, head of the St Thomas police.

McNab hopes to have at least one of the suspects in custody by today. He urged members of the community with information to contact either the police or Crime Stop.

Brown, a local farmer, was shot dead on his way home, and his house then set ablaze. The fire claimed the lives of his sons, aged 9 and 10.

Another killing on the weekend

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), in a release, extended its condolences to Brown's family and that of another Jamaican slain over the long weekend, businessman Joseph Hanna.

The 81-year-old Hanna was shot on Sunday afternoon outside B.J. Hanna and Sons Ltd., his family business on Retirement Road.

Deputy Superintendent Michael Phipps, of the Major Investigations Taskforce (MIT), reported no suspects, but said several people were being questioned in relation to that murder.

The JCC made a plea for the good citizenry of Jamaica to assist the police in both these cases in anyway possible.

The JCC also said it was celebrating the life of Dr Grace Allen Young, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, who passed away last Thursday.

Dr Allen Young, who was also a justice of the peace, was hailed as a prime example of an "outstanding Jamaican".

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