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St James rocked by double murder - Bullet-riddled bodies found near Montego Bay market

Published:Friday | April 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:

One of two bullet-riddled bodies, found in a heavily tinted Suzuki Grand Vitara motor vehicle near the Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay, late Wednesday afternoon, was identified as a Trelawny bailiff, who went missing on Tuesday.

The dead bailiff, who also operated a gas station in Montpelier, St James, is 38-year-old Charles Bryan, of a Florence Hall address in Trelawny. The other deceased man was identified as 33-year-old labourer Kirk 'Power' Wellington of Lilliput, St James

"We received some information at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, which caused us to visit a location near the Charles Gordon Market," said Senior Superintendent Egbert Parkins, the commanding officer of the St James Police Division. "When investigators got there, they found the two bodies in the vehicle."

According to reports, Bryan left home on Tuesday morning and made telephone contact with his family late that afternoon. Nothing was heard of him afterwards, which family members found unusual. However, they decided to wait for 24 hours before making a report to the police.

"It is a real pity they waited so long before alerting the police," said Parkins. "Had we been informed sooner, we might have located the vehicle before it was abandoned."

Parkins stated that based on preliminary investigations, the police were of the view that Bryan's licensed firearm was taken by his killers.

"We found his firearm booklet in the vehicle but no firearm, so we are of the view that the weapon was taken by his attacker," said Parkins.

At the time Parkins spoke to The Gleaner, he said his top investigators were locked in a meeting reviewing the crime situation in the parish and were looking at strategies to reduce such incidents.