Nagra Plunkett, Assignment Coordinator
Cops plead for calm after Falmouth mob executes man in hunt for alleged child killer
Five men were detained yesterday in connection with the mob killing of a man and the wounding of his daughter early yesterday morning at their home in Zion near Falmouth, Trelawny, where angry residents went in search of an accused child killer.
The Gleaner understands that Donovan Hazley, a 43-year-old street cleaner, was chopped to death when the mob went in pursuit of his young male relative.
They have fingered the younger man in the deaths of two boys, whose bodies were found near a section of the Martha Brae River in the parish.
The boys - 10-year-old Alex Brown and Javani Brown, aged seven - were reported missing from their Zion home on September 15. A passer-by came upon their naked bodies last Thursday.
"The mob burnt down the house, killed the man (Hazley) and attacked the female relative as they are said to be the family members of a man accused of killing the little boys," a police source told The Gleaner.
"They are contending that the boys were buggered, but there was no initial information to support this claim. The post-mortem was scheduled for today, but we haven't heard anything about the outcome."
Later yesterday, the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) revealed the post-mortem concluded that the deaths were caused by drowning.
"However, there are signs to indicate the boys may have been injured before they died," the CCN said. "As a result, crime officer for Area One, Acting Senior Superintendent Derrick Champagnie, has been assigned to head a team that will be conducting more in-depth investigations into the matter."
Rumours have been rife in Trelawny that Alex and Javani had been sexually molested and then murdered, but the preliminary investigations by the police did not support that notion.
Residents were adamant that the person responsible for their demise is from the community of Zion and is related to Hazley.
It is understood that Hazley and his family were attacked about 2 a.m. when the mob firebombed their wooden dwelling. When the occupants fled from the burning house, Hazley was allegedly chopped to death by men with machetes. His daughter reportedly attempted to intervene and she was also attacked. She has been admitted in hospital.
In the CCN release, the police pleaded with residents not to carry out any further acts of vigilante justice or revenge in connection with the deaths of the two boys.
Zion is a squatter settlement that is off the North Coast Highway near the outskirts of Falmouth.