Did taxi driver know what re­ally happened?

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Ti­tus Gleaner Writer mark.ti­tus@glean­erjm.com

The fol­low­ing was first pub­lished yes­ter­day at www.ja­maica-gleaner.com as part of the three­month spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion head­lined ‘A com­mu­nity filled with fear’ into the dis­ap­pear­ance of four peo­ple at Lime Hall, St Ann, on Novem­ber 13, 2015.

AMONG THE sev­eral per­sons in­ter­ro­gated by po­lice dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the dis­ap­pear­ance of four peo­ple at Arthurs Mount in Lime Hall, St Ann, just over a year ago, was David Hud­son, a pop­u­lar taxi driver who of­fered a 24-hour ser­vice.

How­ever, he would be off the road for months at a time be­cause of a men­tal dis­or­der. The po­lice ap­par­ently found noth­ing to link him with ei­ther the fire at the Arthurs Mount Es­tate or the dis­ap­pear­ances.

But Hud­son, who, it is claimed, of­ten trans­ported Af­ter Dark mem­bers, was re­ported to have been say­ing around town that he knew what took place on the night of Novem­ber 13, 2015, at Arthurs Mount.

Ac­cord­ing to one re­port, while drink­ing at a bar in Lime Hall on New Year’s Day 2016, he claimed that on the night of the fire, gang mem­bers had char­tered his ve­hi­cle to trans­port pi­mento from the Arthurs Mount Es­tate. Hud­son, it is said, claimed to have per­son­ally wit­nessed seven-year-old Rimeka Haynes be­ing forced to per­form a sex act with one of the gang­sters. The lit­tle girl and the other three miss­ing per­sons – 57-year-old farmer Joseph Lynch, his nephew 43-year-old Las­celle Lynch, and Rimeka’s adop­tive mother, do­mes­tic helper Ruth Lawrence – he in­sisted, were all dead. He, how­ever, never pro­vided any de­tails and there was some con­jec­ture that his re­marks were in part the result of his ill­ness.

A man named Damion ‘Iron Man’ Camp­bell was also re­ported to be say­ing openly in Lime Hall that he knew what had happened at the Arthurs Mount Es­tate.

On Jan­uary 5, 2016, Hud­son and Camp­bell were shot dead in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in the town.

Roshad ‘Shut’ Moss, the pur­ported leader of the Af­ter Dark gang, was sub­se­quently ar­rested for Camp­bell’s mur­der. The po­lice never re­vealed what caused them to finger Moss.

Camp­bell’s killing and Moss’s ar­rest ap­peared to un­leash infighting in the Af­ter Dark gang, with fac­tions lin­ing up be­hind sup­posed sup­port­ers of Moss and oth­ers in favour of an­other leader.

On April 11, 2016, an­other al­leged gang mem­ber, 20-year-old Ro­jay Ben­der, the son a po­lice­man, was shot dead in Lime Hall by two men rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle. Ben­der is be­lieved to 40 Win­ners $817 ea. have played a role in the dis­ap­pear­ance of the Arthurs Mount four.

As violence and fear en­veloped Lime Hall, Maud Myrie-Miller, a life-long res­i­dent of the town and re­spected jus­tice of the peace, told The Gleaner: “It was a shocker! Some­thing like this hap­pen­ing in Lime Hall was un­think­able when I was a child. This com­mu­nity was al­ways a peace­ful place.”

Miller was one of the few res­i­dents will­ing to speak openly about the Arthurs Mount in­ci­dent. Oth­ers talk to re­porters only in whis­pers, if they are in uniden­ti­fied me­dia house ve­hi­cles and prefer­ably out of the com­mu­nity. Peo­ple fear reprisals.

“I love Joseph (Lynch) so much,” said one church mem­ber. She pre­ferred not to be named.

She went on: “He did not de­serve this. But I don’t want no one to see me (talk­ing to you). Peo­ple are afraid of be­ing called in­form­ers. Too much has been hap­pen­ing, and you don’t know who is who.”

Some mem­bers claim that their fear is height­ened by the num­ber of strange men they have no­ticed in their com­mu­nity in re­cent times. They are grate­ful for an in­creased po­lice pres­ence in the town.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Cameron, who was the di­vi­sional com­man­der at the time of the Arthurs Mount in­ci­dent, be­lieves that the po­lice have done rea­son­ably well at keep­ing the peace in Lime Hall and their best at in­ves­ti­gat­ing what­ever crime might have been com­mit­ted.

He said: “We have tried ev­ery­thing. I am sat­is­fied that we tried ev­ery­thing to find these peo­ple. We had the fire ser­vice, the scene-ofcrime ex­perts, ca­nine units, foren­sic lab ex­perts, and we did a three-mile ra­dius search of the prop­erty.

“From that in­ci­dent, things went down­hill. We have no in­for­ma­tion, but we now have the gang leader in cus­tody for breach­ing his bail con­di­tion, which is a tes­ti­mony to the kind of work we have done. We have done sub­stan­tial work in dis­man­tling this gang.”

‘IRON MAN’ KNEW WHAT HAPPENED 15 Roshad Moss 4 9 Ro­jay Ben­der 14 20 Joseph Lynch STRANGE MEN IN THE COM­MU­NITY

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