Kingston, Jamaica: Mother & Daughter Found Beheaded After Home Invasion By Intruder

21 Jul

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Guatemalan police have seized a shipment of 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of cocaine found inside two barrels at the La Aurora International Airport in the nation’s capital. (Alexander Martínez/AFP/Getty Images)
 

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A mother and daughter were beheaded Wednesday by attackers who invaded their home in a gritty area outside Jamaica’s capital, near where a wanted 18-year-old gang member was found with his head chopped off earlier this week.

Police said the grisly slayings occurred on the outskirts of Spanish Town, a southern city where violent gangs are deeply entrenched and gunmen have been battling not only authorities but each other over extortion and drug rackets.

The decapitated bodies of Charmaine Rattray and her 19-year-old daughter, Joyette Lynch, were found on a bed inside their home, investigators said. Their heads were not found.

On Monday, 18-year-old Scott Thomas, a reputed member of the Clansman gang named by police as a suspect in several killings, was beheaded in his Spanish Town home by a group of men armed with guns and machetes. A relative was unharmed.

To avenge a death, Jamaican gangs sometimes will murder someone who merely lives in a neighborhood controlled by perceived enemies, and not specifically target a member of a rival gang.

Some residents in the crime-ridden area fled their homes after Wednesday’s slayings of the two women, fearing for their lives.

Authorities said the killings appeared to be related to a power struggle within the Clansman, which has been at war for years with the One Order gang.

Over the past year, the Jamaican government’s energetic offensive against Spanish Town gangs has created power vacuums within the gangs.

Chan Tesha Miller, the 31-year-old reputed leader of the Clansman, was convicted in April of robbery, assault and weapons possession and sentenced to 15 years in prison. His arrest set off protests in Spanish Town, where the gang has long had a powerful presence.

 

This week’s beheadings shocked even those used to violent crime.

Rosemarie Green, who founded the group Spanish Town Citizens Against Gun Violence when her brother was killed about seven years ago, said she was deeply disturbed by the decapitations.

“I’ve never heard of beheadings here before. It’s a weird thing. I’m very concerned about it,” Green said Wednesday from Spanish Town.

NEWS UPDATE:

SPANISH TOWN FEARS GANG WAR

Guns will start barking again in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, if the worst fears of the police and residents are realised.

It is understood that the peace that the community has been enjoying for the past three years could be disrupted soon as differences have developed between the notorious One Order and Clansman gangs.

Information reaching THE STAR indicate that following the death of Robert Thicket, whose torso was found in a shallow grave on Jones Avenue, St. Catherine on Tuesday, there has been a rift between the rival gangs. Thicket, a bike mechanic from De La Vega City, was reported missing last Friday.

Residents and police tell THE STAR that Thicket was a very close relative to a high ranking member of the Clansman gang and some members of the gang have accused their rivals of being responsible for his death. Thicket’s body was found in a community aligned to the One Order gang.

Spanish Town’s top cop, Superintendent Terrence Bent, head of the St. Catherine North Division, confirmed that the police is monitoring the area to prevent a possible outbreak of violence. The lawman said that his team is working around the clock to prevent it.

Gang activity

He stated that the police have been out in their numbers “day and night” to deter gang activity related to Thicket’s death.

“A particular group of people have been asked to account for the killing,” Bent says, adding that he does not know if these people are associated with the One Order gang.

Contacted yesterday, Monsignor Father Richard Albert, chairman of the St. Catherine Crime Prevention Committee, declined to speak to The STAR about the situation.

“I have no comment on the matter,” was all Father Albert offered, despite being pressed for more comments.

But residents say the Clansman have vowed to take revenge for Thicket’s death. They say if they are sure about nothing else, they are 100 per cent sure that fighting between the gangs will erupt again.

“Di man dem say them hav’ an idea who do it and dem aggo retaliate, if a no nex’ week, a nex’ month if is even 10 years, dem goin’ to retaliate,” one resident said.

The residents insist that the police have got wind of the possible retaliation which is why they have been swarming the area where they suspect the men seeking revenge will strike from, but they will never be able to prevent it.

From what the residents gather, Thicket was murdered when he went to visit a woman who lives in one of the One Order communities. They reveal that no one expected Thicket would be killed because he is well known in Spanish Town and has never taken side against any of the gangs during their years of warring.

“Dem stab him up already inna one One Order area in about 2004, and even den him say mek it gwaan and neva try seek no revenge,” one woman recalled. She added that he has always travelled between communities in Spanish Town, without being tagged.

Supt. Bent pointed out however, that reports that Thicket was killed by members of One Order because he was from the Clansman area were purely speculative as this has not come up in the police’s investigations.

“We still have not identified any motives or any suspects,” he stated.

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