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Another member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is being probed for murder. The only difference, in this case, is that the victim is his own wife, Janet Hardie-Lawrence. The murder took place last Tuesday and the file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) by INDECOM, which investigated the crime. It is now up to the DPP to proceed with the trial of the accused cop. It is a tragic case where the already separated couple were living in the same house and the officer is said to have shot her in a fit of anger or frustration.
A Troubled Family Life for the Couple
The JCF Corporal was attached to the Trelawny Police Division. The couple were rumoured to be already having marital problems and had separated. However, they were still living in different portions of the same house, probably since they had not divorced legally and the property was in their names jointly. There are reports that Mrs. Hardie-Lawrence had a son who disappeared in 2002 and when she was searching for him, she had featured prominently in the media. Tragically, the son was never traced. She was running a clothing store in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann. There are people who claim the husband was jealous of her. Whatever the motive, the couple’s life appears to have been in serious disarray culminating in the death of the wife at the hands of her husband.
Cop Keeps Informing His Colleagues at the Force Through Messages
The JCF cop had filed complaints earlier with the police regarding the behaviour of his wife. Moreover, on the day he shot her, he sent a 26-second voice note from his cellphone to inform them that his wife had been tormenting him and ended the message with the words “dis morning mi haffi kill har”. The local police had been alerted earlier by the couple’s neighbours who heard loud and heated arguments from the house followed by the sound of gunshots. When they reached the residence, they found their colleague at the doorway and had him taken into custody.
The INDECOM investigation and handing over of the file to the DPP has been swift and with the confession, it might be an open and shut case for the DPP.