Teen charged with murder on Gully Side


June 16, 2018

A relative of dancehall entertainer Mavado has been charged with the offences of murder, conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition following an incident in Cassava Piece, St Andrew, on June 5.

The police have not released the name of the boy as he is a minor. He is scheduled to appear before the court on Monday. An adult arrested with him remains in custody. He has not been charged.

Reports are that about 3:30 a.m. on June 5, armed men allegedly kicked opened the door to Lorenza Thomas's home in Cassava Piece and opened gunfire hitting him. They also used a machete to inflict several chop wounds and set him ablaze.

Mavado, who the police said they wanted to speak with as part of an ongoing investigation, is yet to report to the lawmen. The police issued the call days after the entertainer was shot at in Cassava Piece. Mavado is overseas but his attorney has said arrangements are being made for him to return to speak with the police.


In the meantime, dancehall artiste Chase Cross was yesterday released from police custody when he appeared in the Kingston and St. Andrew parish court yesterday. Cross, whose given name is Sameer Combs, was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

The court heard that Combs was in custody for assaulting the complainant who reportedly shot at dancehall artiste Mavado earlier this month in the Cassava Piece community.

The court heard the complainant was also in custody for allegedly shooting at Mavado.

Combs was released by investigators on bail then later taken back into custody a few days later, without charge. His attorney, Pierre Rogers, told the court that the police had no right to have his client in custody.

Parish judge Smith at 11:52 a.m. made the judgement that Coombs was to be charge by the police before midday or released.The police had an eight minute window in which to do so and the accused realising that was not possible as the investigating officer was absent, left the courtroom smiling.

He is to return to court on July 6 in relation to the assault charges.

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