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Police charge farmer with the murder of 16-year-old school girl

Police have charged a 30-year-old farmer with the murder of a 16-year-old secondary school student, saying that the incident on Sunday occurred “under chilling circumstances”.

Acting Police Commissioner, Edvin Martin, told a news conference Wednesday that while the law enforcement agency is prohibited from disclosing the information that resulted in the death of Lennisha Stafford in the eastern parish of St. Andrew, the autopsy showed she had died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The authorities have since arrested and charged Kyron Chitan with causing the death of the student, who was also a member of her schoo0l’s netball team.

Police say they are yet to recover the firearm but Chitan, who is already on bail for a drug-related offence, is scheduled to make his first appearance in Court on Thursday.

Stafford’s death was one of three that occurred during a 72-hour period last weekend.

Police said that a 92-year-old female died from smoke inhalation after a fire gutted her home in the Town of St George and that another person had died as a result of a vehicular accident on the Kirani James Boulevard.

Martin said while the cause of the house fire is yet to be determined, the investigations into the vehicular accident showed that speed was a factor.

“I, therefore, want to appeal again to the motoring public to exercise greater caution in the use of our roads. I urge you to be cognizant of the increase in the volume of traffic on our roads, drive defensively and be guided by the traffic laws of our country and comply with the speed limit at all times.

“You may be aware that the life you may save may very well be your own,” he added.

CMC

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