Murder-Suicide Sends Shockwaves through Department of Correctional Services


Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at the Department of Correctional Services, DCS, Dexter Thompson says even inmates are mourning the tragic loss of two Correctional Officers who died yesterday.

Dead are Staff Officer, Patrick Gowans and Tier 1 Correctional Officer, Rouleene Clarke Gowans. Mr Thompson says the murder-suicide has sent shock waves throughout the team.

He says they learnt of the brewing issues between the Gowans only recently after an incident unfolded at the Fort Augusta Correctional Facility in Kingston.

While, he didn’t say much on the matter he says the Police were called in and help was provided through the DCS to avert any possible tragedy. It is understood that the Police also confiscated Mr Gowans’ licensed firearm which was allegedly later returned.


Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.

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