Police charged for civilian murdered, burnt behind church

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said a police constable is among two persons whom it has charged for the death of a man, whose burnt remains were found on Rousseau road in Kingston 5 on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

It disclosed that, following intensive investigation by detectives from the Kingston West Division, DNA confirmed the identity of the deceased as 33-year-old Vince Walcott, otherwise called Steven Chambers, from Mount Royal Estate in Bridgeport, St Catherine.

The two charged are:

  • Thirty year-old Police Constable Junior Hayles, who is assigned to the Kingston East Division. He is charged with Murder.
  • Thirty-four year-old beauty therapist Nicola Montaque from Daytona in Portmore, St Catherine. She is charged with Conspiracy to Murder.

The JCF, in elaborating on the murder, said: “Reports from the Denham Town Police are that, about 7:30PM on July 1, 2018, residents observed tyres burning behind a church and summoned the fire brigade. The firemen discovered the burnt remains during cooling down operations and alerted the police. The scene was processed and the remains removed to the morgue.

“Post mortem examinations revealed that the man died from gunshot wound to the head. The case file, which included a range of forensic evidence, was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for a ruling,” the JCF further said.

The Director of Public Prosecution subsequently ruled that both persons be charged. Hayles and Montaque were charged on April 1, the JCF said, adding that a court date will be announced.

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