Witness in murder case in St James killed; 5 children charged with murder

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are claiming that the main witness to a murder for which a child was taken into custody under the state of emergency in St. James has been killed.

The officer in charge of the State of Emergency in St. James, Senior Superintendent Anthony Morris, made the disclosure as he responded to reports that 105 children have been detained in the parish since the security measure was imposed in January.

SSP Morris says five of those children have been charged with murder.

"One of those children was charged for murder. We have a child as young as 13, charged for murder, 15 - charged for murder, 16, charged for murder. There are four of them for gun-related offences, two for sexually related offences. So we do have those situations with them."

He added that 21 of the children detained have been linked to dangerous criminal gangs.