Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online
A brother of the Trelawny father who last month murdered his two children before committing suicide is now facing the possibility of several charges after a bizarre incident at the burial in the Trelawny community of Woodgrove late yesterday afternoon.
The brother, whose name has not been released, reportedly went berserk as Pastor Jeffect Watson was committing the body of Kenville Mullings to the ground and fired several shots in the air before pumping several more into the coffin.
The brother is not known to be a licensed firearm holder.
"I was standing right there," said Watson. "It was a bit frightening, about four or five shots went into the vault."
Watson said he was not sure if the brother's action was out of vengeance or anger but noted that the shooting sent several people scurrying for cover.
Paul Patmore, the independent councillor for the Lorrimers division in Trelawny, was among those who dashed for safety. "I ran back up to the hearse when I saw him shooting," said Patmore who is also the operator of Patmore's Funeral Home, the undertakers for yesterday's funeral.
Patmore said people who were near the graveside reported that as the brother fired into the coffin, he uttered words to the effect, "You shouldn't do it, you shouldn't do it."
The shooting brought an ugly end to a "beautiful" service which began at a nearby chapel before the procession headed to the family plot in Woodgrove.
But Watson said even throughout the shooting, he stayed put, completed the burial proceedings, signed the death certificate and then left the family plot. He said on leaving the family plot, he saw the police speaking with the man.
No details from cops
Last night, the Wait-A-Bit police confirmed that there was an incident at Mullings' funeral in Woodgrove, but would not provide details. However, they confirmed Mullings' brother was taken into custody for reasonable suspicion of committing an offence.
On the morning of February 26, the community of Wait-A-Bit in Trelawny woke up to the shocking news that Mulling had earlier slit the throats of his two children then hanged himself at their home in Woodgrove.
Mullings had a dispute with the children's mother, who later packed up and left the home saying she was going back to her mother's house in Coleyville, Manchester.
It is reported that he went to Coleyville and tried to persuade her to return home.
However, she refused.
He then went back to Trelawny and committed the double murder-suicide.