Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
The two brothers charged with the rape and abduction of five females, including an eight-year-old, are being investigated for more sexual assault cases in St James, say the police.
Declining to give the names of the men during a press conference yesterday at The Wexford Hotel, head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, Superintendent Gladys Brown, said she would not divulge any more information on the men.
Brown, however, revealed that having being positively identified by their victims on Tuesday afternoon, the men have now been slapped jointly with several charges, including burglary, robbery with aggravation, illegal possession of firearm, abduction and assault at common law.
"In addition, one of the two, who we will call rape suspect number one, has been charged with rape, burglary, sexual touching, grievous sexual assault and unlawful wounding," she said.
According to Brown, rape suspect number two will face additional charges of rape and grievous sexual assault.
In the meantime, security has been increased for the victims.
Both men are expected to appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court next Tuesday to answer to the charges, Brown said.
The quick arrest of the men involved in the rape is one of the many successes the police in St James and Trelawny are revelling in this week, as they swear to take back both parishes from the hands of gunmen and rapists, reducing the crime here significantly by the end of the year.
"We are sending a warning to those persons who are predisposed to committing crimes in these parishes, that we will not rest until they are brought to justice," declared interim superintendent in charge of St James, Andrew Lewis.