There is a major development this morning into the almost year long murder investigation into the death of a nine year old autistic boy, Gabriel King, in Montego Bay St. James in January.

The mother of the boy is attempting to use the court to bar the police from accessing data on her phone as part of their murder investigation.

Head of St James Police, Senior Superintendent Vernon Ellis, says the police have been seeking access to the phone since it was entered into evidence in January.

He says a court granted the police a production order to compel the mother to give access to the cellular phone.

But King’s mother has secured an injunction.

Nationwide News understands the matter will be heard in court tomorrow.

SSP Ellis says investigations are time sensitive and the shelf-life of some forms of evidence is limited.

SSP Ellis says despite their best efforts, the police have been frustrated by what he calls roadblocks.

SSP Vernon Ellis, head of St James Police.

He was speaking in a video statement posted to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s social media pages yesterday.

The senior superintendent is appealing to the public to come forward with any information that can assist their investigations.

He says the perpetrators of King’s murder are still at large.

King’s body was found in the back seat of his mother’s car on the Fairfield main road on January 13 this year. His throat was slashed.

In a statement issued through their attorney in March, King’s parents said they were cooperating with the police’s investigation.

The parents bemoaned what they described as misconceptions in the public domain.