As police intensify operations in the August Town area of St Andrew following an upsurge of gang violence, the Criminal Investigations Branch is reporting a breakthrough in one case.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said a man is now charged for the murder of 34-year-old Omar Johnson from Payton Place, August Town.

He is 32-year-old businessman Marvin Markland, otherwise called Papa, from Goldsmith Villa in the August Town area.

Markland is charged with:

– Murder

– Illegal possession of firearm

– Illegal possession of ammunition

Markland was charged after being formally interviewed in the presence of his lawyer on January 12.

Johnson was killed about 8 o’clock on the morning of January 1.

He reportedly was walking along a roadway in his community when armed men with high-powered rifles shot him several times.

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By Mills