Murder, firearm charges brought

Raziel Jeffers remanded in custody

Raziel Omar Jeffers, 26, appeared
in Summary Court
on Friday charged with the murder of Damion Omar Ming on 25 March this year. He
is further charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, a pistol.

Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale
said the Crown’s summary was “rather bare of facts.”  However, since investigations were
continuing, she agreed to have the matter mentioned again on Thursday, 27 May.

Defence Attorney Lloyd Samson
indicated that a bail application might be made on that date. Meanwhile,
Jeffers was remanded to Central Police Station.

Senior Crown Counsel Trevor Ward
told the court that the Emergency Communications Centre received a report at 9.43pm
on 25 March concerning gunshots in the vicinity of Swallow Lane, Birch Tree Hill, West Bay.

Officers attended the scene and
discovered Damion Omar Ming, who appeared dead. He had a number of wounds, including
to the chest and arm.

Mr. Ming, 29, had been at the
premises apparently attempting to renovate a boat, Mr. Ward said.

Several suspects were arrested and
Jeffers was charged on Thursday, 13 May. On Friday, Mr. Ward advised that a
copy of Jeffers’ recorded interview had been given to Mr. Samson: “We will
serve more fulsome disclosure on the next occasion.”

In a separate matter, Mr. Ward
said, Jeffers was charged with threatening violence against police and using an
ICT network to threaten. Those charges arose from an incident on 9 May.