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Cops face challenges in probing killing of 9-y-o

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:09 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Investigators probing the killing of nine-year-old Gabriel King who was recently murdered in St James are reportedly struggling to make a breakthrough in the case.

Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Crime, Fitz Bailey, indicated that investigators involved in the case are faced with challenges.

Speaking with reporters at the scene of a triple murder in Bounty Hall, Trelawny, on Friday morning, the senior cop said the case involving the boy was proving to be very difficult.

“It is proving to be very difficult in terms of some of the things that you expected would be just normal,” he said.

“The police have to be doing some extraordinary situation to get the support that they need, but the investigation is ongoing and we are going to ensure that we get to the bottom of it,” Bailey said.

Abducted in stolen vehicle

Gabriel was abducted from his mother along the Tucker main road in the parish last Thursday, January, 13, and later discovered dead in the rear of her stolen vehicle which was found abandoned off Fairfield main road in Montego Bay.

Reports from the police are that about 9 a.m., Gabriel and his mother were travelling in her Audi motor car along the Tucker main road, towards downtown Montego Bay.

It is alleged that upon reaching potholes, she was forced to slow down, at which point two men approached her vehicle.

She was allegedly slapped in the face by the men, who also allegedly dragged her from the car and escaped in the stolen vehicle, with Gabriel still in the back seat.

A report was made to the police and an investigation carried out, which led to the discovery of the vehicle, which was abandoned off the Fairfield main road.

A search of the vehicle led to the gruesome discovery of small Gabriel’s body lying on the back seat of the car, with the throat slashed.