Large sum of money found in crashed vehicle


July 19, 2016
A policeman looks at the vehicle in which eight persons were travelling when it careened into the Rio Cobre last Saturday.

Investigators are still trying to ascertain the exact sum of cash that was found in the vehicle which plunged into the Rio Cobre on the weekend, resulting in the deaths of six persons.

Sergeant Donovan Barnes, sub-officer in charge of traffic at the St Catherine North Division, said while nothing has been confirmed, they are in the process of receiving statements to confirm the amount.

He also said that the bishop, Stephen Ricketts, had a matter before the court up to the time of his passing.

"I believe that it is on record that he has a matter in the court presently, where he is reporting on condition of bail. As it relates to the money, we are hearing three different figures. We heard $300,000, we heard half a million, and $70,000," he said.

"We are awaiting a man from Tawes Pen, who was there the night, who will be coming in to give a statement," he continued.

In the meantime, head of the police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, says the driver of the vehicle is to be charged with six counts of manslaughter.

The driver, who has been identified as El Frego Slew, turned himself in at the Spanish Town Police Station yesterday.

He confirmed that he was driving the Suzuki Vitara when it plunged into the river.

Allen says Slew was unable to provide a driver's licence, and will also be charged for that offence.

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