Sus­pect in JC stu­dent’s mur­der charged af­ter turn­ing self in

Was on bail for gun pos­ses­sion

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer ja­son.cross@glean­erjm.com

This mon­u­ment, at the in­ter­sec­tion of Church and Tower streets, was erected on No­vem­ber 20, 2008, in hon­our of chil­dren who have died un­der tragic cir­cum­stances. To­day, 756 names have been en­graved in mem­ory of the na­tion’s chil­dren. Af­ter his mur­der last week, Ja­maica Col­lege (JC) stu­dent Ni­cholas Francis’ name and oth­ers are now ex­pected to be added. While the sus­pect in Francis’ mur­der turned him­self in yes­ter­day, JC and a num­ber of other schools will to­day be tak­ing part in silent protests against vi­o­lence to­wards chil­dren.

QUA­CIE HART, the man who was wanted in con­nec­tion with the death of 14-year-old Ja­maica Col­lege stu­dent Ni­cholas Francis, has been charged with mur­der, and the po­lice have con­firmed that he also cur­rently has an il­le­gal-pos­ses­sion-of-firearm case be­fore the court.

Hart turned him­self in to the Half-Way Tree po­lice on Satur­day night, ac­com­pa­nied by his at­tor­ney, Adrian Christie.

He was charged yes­ter­day and is ex­pected to be placed be­fore the court on No­vem­ber 4 in re­la­tion to the mat­ter.

Hart will go back to court to an­swer to the charge of il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearm on Jan­uary 17.

“We can now say that Qua­cie Hart is now charged for the mur­der of the JC stu­dent,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephanie Lind­say, head of the po­lice’s Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit (CCU), told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“He will go to court on No­vem­ber 4. He had a mat­ter be­fore the court prior to this, an il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearm mat­ter. He was on bail on that mat­ter. He goes back to court (for il­le­gal firearm pos­ses­sion) on Jan­uary 17,” she said.

De­spite the break­through, Ni­cholas’ fa­ther, Xavier Francis, told The Gleaner that no mat­ter what the out­come of the case, it will not erase the re­al­ity that his son was killed and will no longer be with him in flesh.

FA­THER NOT AP­PEASED

“To be hon­est, if them hold him, yes or no, in terms of what him do and what me miss, it nuh ap­pease mi, be­cause mi son gone over noth­ing at all. Dat a my prob­lem,” he said yes­ter­day.

“When me talk to the po­lice­man, mi ask him, if (when) you catch a man like that, how long him will get (in prison). Him seh bout 20 years. Me add 20 (years) to maybe 25 or 24 and him a go be ‘bout 45, 44. Him can come out back and come live life. My son life just gone suh! Only thing me want out a this, is that we as a peo­ple (must) re­alise seh we need fi- stand up. We need fi stand up fi peo­ple weh cya stand up fi dem self.”

Ja­maica Col­lege Par­ent-Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Er­rol Holmes told The Gleaner he was a bit re­lieved by the progress.

“God has been good ... . At least we have started the process and we are hop­ing that we can have swift and just jus­tice,” Holmes said.

In the mean­time, the po­lice have con­firmed that they have held three per­sons in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Young Reg­gae Boyz team doc­tor, Martin Gar­wood.

Lind­say could not pro­vide much de­tail, not­ing that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing, but said that the de­vel­op­ment is a ma­jor break­through.

NOR­MAN GRIND­LEY/CHIEF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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