Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter
The parish of St. James continues to bleed with four men being killed by gunmen in separate incidents. A suspect has been taken into custody in relation to one of the killings.
The victims have been identified as 57-year-old Audley Haughton, construction worker of Westgate Hills, Montego Bay; 25-year-old Alrick Whyte, otherwise called ‘Rico’ of Springfield district; , 35-year-old Marvin Holness, farmer of Niagra and 37-year-old Kenroy Cox, otherwise called ‘Gregg’, truck driver of Hendon, Norwood all in the parish.
The Montego Hills police, who are investigating the latest of the murders which occurred on Monday night, indicate that about 8:45, Haughton was visiting his child’s mother in Hollywood, when he was pounced upon by unknown assailants armed with guns.
They proceeded to rob him of his cell phone, then opened gunfire, hitting him to the side of his chest, before making good their escape on foot in the area.
Haughton was assisted to the Cornwall Regional Hospital by the police, where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
Prior to Haughton’s death Monday night, homicide detectives were called to a murder scene at Retirement approximately 2:25p.m., when residents heard several explosions and alerted the lawmen.
The police, on their arrival at the scene, discovered Whyte lying on his back with gunshot wounds to the head and upper body with a motorcycle beside him. He was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In the meantime, about 9 p.m. on Friday, Holness was among patrons at a bar in Niagra having alcoholic drinks when an argument developed between him and another man.
The argument got heated, during which it is alleged that the man brandished a firearm and opened fire hitting Holness to the upper body.
The police were summoned and on arrival, Holness was seen lying face down in a pool of blood suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, an altercation on Thursday between cousins led to the death of Cox, while his cousin has been arrested.
Reports are that about 10:50p.m., Cox and his cousin, who is said to be of unsound mind, was involved in an altercation when the cousin is alleged to have dashed into the house where he retrieved a knife which he used to inflict several stabbed wounds to Cox.
Cox was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead whilst the cousin was hours later taken into police custody.