Suspects charged in JUTC driver's killing

January 06, 2016

The Half-Way Tree police have charged the two men arrested in connection with the murder of 51-year-old Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus driver Albert Barnes.

Garfield Walters, 22, and George Ballentine, 28, both of Bedward Gardens, Kingston 7, were charged yesterday following a question-and-answer session.

It's understood that Walters has confessed to the murder.

Walters and Ballentine are charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of ammunition.

Walters surrendered to the Yallahs police in St Thomas on New Year's Day, while Ballentine was picked up by the police during an operation in August Town, St Andrew, on Monday.


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The police say a .380 semi-automatic pistol and 24 rounds of ammunition were taken from Ballentine.

Barnes was driving a JUTC bus along Bedward Crescent, Kingston 7, on December 29, when explosions were heard.

He was later found with a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to hospital where he died while being treated.

Walters and Ballentine are scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, January 11.

The Police High Command has commended the investigators for the speedy and professional manner in which they carried out the investigations to bring the men to justice.

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