Dancer among five charged with murder

January 15, 2019

A female dancer is among five persons charged in relation to the December 2018 murder of Kingston businessman, Howard Ares.

The woman, Rochelle Wright, 26, of Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, has been slapped with 10 charges, ranging from murder to kidnapping.

She is jointly charged with Marvin Wright, otherwise called ‘Skull’ and ‘Indian’, a labourer of March Pen Road, Spanish Town in St Catherine; Andrew Clement, otherwise called ‘Bush’, a welder of Walkers Road, Old Harbour in St Catherine; Andrae Bailey, otherwise called ‘Pah’, a jack hammer operator of Old Harbour; and Javene Simpson, otherwise called ‘Kermaine’, a labourer of Old Harbour.

The five were arrested in a series of operations over the course of a week from December 29, 2018 to January 5. They have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, robbery with aggravation, extortion, kidnapping, assault with intent to rob, conspiracy to prevent the burial of a corpse, burglary and robbery with aggravation, illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Head of the Criminal Investigations Branch, Senior Superintendent McArthur Sutherland, is commending the detectives whose relentless efforts led to the arrest and charge of the five persons.

“The tenacious efforts of the investigators who were relentless in the development and pursuit of investigative leads as they emerged is yet another example of a positive approach to criminal investigations,” said Sutherland.

The investigative team has disclosed that their probe took them across two parishes and included the utilisation of forensic evidence.

All five will answer to the charges in the St. Catherine Parish Court on Friday, January 18.

Ares’s body was found in a shallow grave on Terminal Lane in Old Harbour Bay, on Sunday, December 16. It was wrapped in a tarpaulin.

Detectives say Ares was transacting business with persons in the area, however, a dispute developed and he was kidnapped, shot and buried in a shallow grave when their demands were not met. 

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