'Spiderman' charged with eight counts of murder
The police are claiming a major breakthrough in the investigation of killings in St Catherine, after three men were charged, including one with eight counts of murder.
A police statement says on Friday, detectives charged Kemar Thompson otherwise called ‘Gatlin’ or 'Spiderman’ for his role in the killing of four men in one incident and three in another.
The murders for which Kemar Thompson is charged include the October 12 killing of four men attached to the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), which is developing the North-South Highway.
Thirty-three-year-old Kirk Foote, 29-year-old Craig Harris otherwise called ‘Big Head’, 42-year-old Courtney Cobourne otherwise called ‘Sojee’, and 43-year-old Carlton Scott, were shot dead in a car on Bowers Wood Main Road in Bog Walk as they transported the payroll for men working on the Ferry to Linstead leg of the highway.
Thompson has also been charged with the October triple killing of 70-year-old Maltie Taylor otherwise called ‘Maltie Blake’ and ‘Shut’, 51-year-old Patrick Cummings, and 35-year-old Norman Nolan.
That incident also took place in Bog Walk.
He has also been charged with the killing of 33-year-old Carlton Blake, otherwise called ‘Sellie Sellie’, on August 4 again in Bog Walk, in August.
The police say Thompson was taken into custody last Tuesday, during operations in the Spanish Town business district and surrounding communities.
Meanwhile, the police have charged Andre Love, otherwise called ‘Duggu’ of Coke district, St Elizabeth with two murders.
He is accused of killing 49-year-old Basil Forbes, otherwise called ‘Shabba’, and the death of Jermaine Green, otherwise called ‘Shakka’, whose body was found dismembered in a suitcase and left in bushes in June 2011.
Love is jointly charged with his brother Oshane Love and Paul Hendricks otherwise called ‘Sevens’, in relation to the 2011 murder.
Additionally, Love has been charged with eight counts of shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm.
The police say he will appear before the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court on December 5.
Head of the Criminal Investigations Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Devon Watkis, says the inroads made were as a result of tight coordination between divisions and formations within the police force.
He says the breakthrough has also widened the scope for investigations.
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