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Marked for death

Target in St Mary triple killing hunted by gangsters for years

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 12:06 AM

The prime target of Wednesday’s triple murder in Enfield, St Mary, was implicated in the killing of a retired policeman and had been hunted by gang enemies for the last two years, The Gleaner understands. The killing of Donald Westcart, 19, has...

The prime target of Wednesday’s triple murder in Enfield, St Mary, was implicated in the killing of a retired policeman and had been hunted by gang enemies for the last two years, The Gleaner understands.

The killing of Donald Westcart, 19, has been theorised to be a reprisal attack for a string of murders in the northern St Andrew community of Stony Hill.

Westcart’s twin brother, David, was killed in Stony Hill on August 13, 2019, setting off a surge in murders and shootings.

The 2019 slaying of the twin triggered an exodus of the entire Westcart family from Stony Hill, with St Mary a source of refuge.

More than a dozen people have been killed in an ongoing war between factions over a three-year span, with many others injured.

The twins, reliable sources say, were identified among the conspirators involved in the murder of retired police Detective Sergeant Trevor Williams in November 2017 when they were just 15 years old.

Williams was killed on his farm in the hills of Hermitage, St Andrew. The retired cop’s licensed Beretta firearm was stolen.

They were under the radar of police investigators across the St Andrew North and St Mary police divisions for some time.

“They were very young and dangerous but built a reputation after their alleged involvement in the killing of the retired policeman. The alleged mastermind was cut down by police and another is serving time in prison,” a policeman who has tracked the Westcart brothers told The Gleaner on Wednesday.

Westcart and another deceased from Wednesday’s attack, Descante Dunkley, were killed while both were on bail for a murder committed in Stony Hill Square in 2020.

The third person slain has only been identified as Kenneth.

Reports from Wednesday’s attack are that Westcart was one of seven people who were at a house in Enfield when armed men entered and opened fire. The four survivors, including Westcart’s mother, sustained gunshot wounds and are being treated at hospital.

The twins’ mother was planning to celebrate her 60th birthday on Sunday.

The occupants were reportedly having porridge for breakfast when the attack unfolded. The assailants were said to have been dressed as policemen.

Commander for the St Mary police, Superintendent Bobette Morgan-Simpson, confirmed that the attack was believed to be a reprisal.

Wednesday’s attack is believed to have been carried out by men from outside of St Mary.

The Gleaner understands that recent killings in Stony Hill are linked to the onslaught in St Mary.

In August, three men linked to the Westcart faction were killed.

Senior Superintendent of Police Aron Fletcher, who is in charge of the St Andrew North Police Division, told The Gleaner then that the violence was between the Nooks and Dennys gangs.

Westcart is an affiliate of the Denny faction.

The triple killing occurred following the August 2 murder of 57-year-old Dave ‘Baita’ Nooks at a bar on Brooks Level Road.

All the killings occurred during daylight, with both factions likening the murders to ‘day rave’ – a grotesque colloquialism that characterises their modus operandi, the police have said.

Residents of Enfield said that the explosions echoed throughout the hills after the gunmen stormed the premises.

“Mi caan believe say gunman come inna dis yah community inna daylight and kill so much smaddy,” said Dennis Pink, who spoke to The Gleaner via telephone on Wednesday. He said that the violence that was unleashed was unprecedented in the almost three decades he has lived there.

“Bwoy, dis place really a get hot. ... Is like di gunman dem nuh fraid a nothing.“

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