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Jamaica: Mom of accused killer dismisses suicide claim

The mother of a 20-year-old man, who was rescued by cops from an angry mob accusing him of killing his 21-year-old pregnant girlfriend on Sunday, is accusing the police of killing her son while in lock-up less than 24 hours later.

She is blaming the officers of the Lionel Town Police Station for her son Markland ‘CJ’ Hayles’ death, accusing them of covering up their deed by labelling it a suicide.

Residents of Rhoden Hall in Kellits, Clarendon, however, see Hayles’ demise as some sort of justice after he allegedly killed Tashika McKay on Sunday, reportedly after accusing her of being unfaithful to him. Irate residents pelted the accused with stones as the officers removed him from the house and the injured Hayles was taken for treatment at hospital. One officer was also reportedly injured.

Hayles was later taken to the May Pen Criminal Investigation Branch, where he confessed to the crime during a caution statement, the police said, before being taken to the Lionel Town Police Station, where he was placed in a quarantine cell by himself in line with COVID-19 protocols.

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