Sex Assault Now a Murder Investigation

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The case of sexual assault and wounding of two women in Claremont, St Ann yesterday is now a murder investigation, following the death of one of the victims.

Nationwide News reported last evening that the Police launched a manhunt in the bushes of Claremont… after a seventeen year old high school student and a woman in her twenties were attacked in the vicinity of the Barrett Hall Road.

Superintendent Steve Brown says 27-year-old Melika Smith who was assaulted then chopped several times today succumbed to her injuries.

He says a day later, her attacker, who’s believed to be a man who was riding a bicycle, is still at large.

Superintendent Brown is asking the public for assistance as the Police seeks to apprehend the murder suspect.

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It’s understood that the high school student has been discharged from hospital and is receiving counselling.

Some residents of Claremont say that the young woman was chopped after she and the student were attacked and sexually assaulted.

But what could have motivated the act of brutality?

Superintendent Brown says the Police are working towards finding answers.

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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.