High-level Probe Launched Following Murder of Attorney-at-law, Sasha-kay Fairclough

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Detectives at the Major Investigation Division, MID, in the Corporate Area, have been assigned to help their colleagues in St. Ann probe the murder of attorney-at-law, Sasha-kay Fairclough.

The 29-year-old lawyer was murdered in Ocho Rios on Friday.

She lived in Brook Green in the parish.

Miss Fairclough is the granddaughter of the late, OT Fairclough, who’s credited with putting forward the idea which led to the formation of the PNP in 1938.

Abka Fitz-Henley reports.

It’s understood the Police High command has instructed senior detectives at the MID to help probe the murder.

Several leads are being pursued in the high-level investigation.

Among the lines of enquiry is a theory that the gunmen who shot up the vehicle in which she was travelling may have been targeting Miss Fairclough’s mother.

The probe is reportedly examining whether the shooting stemmed from a dispute between Miss Fairclough’s mother and a man.

Sasha-kay Fairclough was shot dead and her mother seriously injured when gunmen sprayed a car in which they were travelling with bullets.

Miss Fairclough was the driver of the vehicle.

Her mother was shot in the abdomen and remains in hospital this afternoon in serious condition.

Police reports are that Fairclough was driving in the resort town shortly before 6pm when a car with armed men drove up alongside her vehicle.

The men opened gunfire.

Miss Fairclough was shot in the upper body and leg. She died while being treated at hospital.

Fairclough was a promising attorney who had studied law in the United Kingdom and returned to Jamaica to practice.

She wrote several columns for the Gleaner newspaper – including one in which she appealed to Jamaicans who may want to run away from the island to remain and contribute positively to the country.

The attorney has also contributed to the programme Talk Up Yute which airs on Saturday on Nationwide 90 FM.

Her killing has sent shock waves through sections of the country – including the legal fraternity.

Two of the country’s most well known attorneys, Peter Champagnie and Bert Samuels, used social media to react to Miss Fairclough’s murder

Mr. Samuels wrote on Twitter – “Sasha Kay Fairclough murdered in front of her mother – condolences to her grieving family and friends”.

While Mr. Champagnie wrote on Instagram expressing shock at the killing of the young attorney.

Champagnie also urged members of the legal profession to not only focus on defending accused persons.

But to also offer potential solutions to the problem of high levels of violent crime which has plagued Jamaica for many years.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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