Whitmore's son's death investigation complete

Published: Friday | December 13, 2013 Comments 0

WESTERN BUREAU:

THE ST JAMES police have completed their investigation into the incident in which Jouvhaine Whitmore, the 14-year-old son of former national coach, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, was killed by a vehicle registered to the St James Parish Council.

"We have completed our investigations and a file will be sent to the courts office for the clerk of courts to decide if anyone should be charged in connection with the incident," said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Egbert Parkins, the commanding officer for St James.

Young Whitmore, a student of Cornwall College at the time of his death, was reportedly mowed down by an out-of-control Sports Utility Vehicle, which the parish had only recently sold to a councillor. The transfer of documents from the parish council to the councillor was incomplete at the time of the accident.

Vehicle reported stolen

Two hours after the accident, the councillor, who had taken possession of the vehicle, reported that the vehicle was stolen from his farm. He was questioned by the police, but was not charged.

In the weeks following the incident, residents of the Tucker area in which young Whitmore lived with his mother staged several demonstrations, demanding justice for the youngster.

When quizzed as to whether or not the police have been able to ascertain who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, SSP Parkins said that information was quite sensitive and he would prefer to have the courts office make a ruling first.

"I would not want to prejudice the situation by calling any names at this time," said SSP Parkins. "Whatever information is to come out, will come out when a ruling is made."

adrian.frater@gleanerjm.com

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