Linstead | Man Killed Hours After Sister

Neil Needham and his sister Serena Needham who were shot dead in separate incidents yesterday

A brother of the woman slain yesterday at Linstead in St Catherine has been shot dead.

He is Neil Needham, who would have turned 30 years old on May 29. He is pictured above.

He is at least the fourth person in his immediate family to be slain in recent years.

His father died years ago after being beaten with an object. His bother, Terrence Needham, who was better known as ‘Coolie’, was shot dead in Linstead a few years ago.

His sister, Serena Needham, was shot and killed when gunmen invaded her house about 2AM yesterday at Venecia Drive in Linstead. Although other people were at the home, only Serena was taken outside the house and executed.

A source stated that, after Neil Needham realized that his sister was murdered, he made certain remarks and subsequently started to receive death threats. That information, however, has not been confirmed by police.

Shortly before mid-night, Neil Needham was sitting in a motor vehicle in the vicinity of Sinclair’s Bargain Centre on King Street, near Linstead Police Station, when he was attacked.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said: “Information received is that Needham and another man were sitting in a motorcar along King Street when they were pounced upon by unknown assailants who opened gunfire, hitting them several times. Both of them were taken to hospital where Needham was pronounced dead and the other man was admitted.”

Neil Needham is at least the 12th person to be slain in Linstead police area since the start of the year. The murder rate in the area was lower at this time last year.


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