Nationwide News understands that a licensed firearm belonging to former West St. Mary member of parliament and chairman of the People’s National Party’s Founders Group, Jolyan Silvera, has been seized by the police.

The gun was seized as law enforcement intensified their probe into the suspected murder of Silvera’s wife, Melissa.

Ricardo Brooks has more in this report.


Mr. Silvera was interrogated by police personnel from the JCF’s Major Investigation Division, MID, for several hours on Friday evening. He was questioned into the wee hours of Saturday morning.

His gun has been seized for ballistics testing.

It was initially reported a few weeks ago that Mrs. Silvera died in her sleep from natural causes.

However, Nationwide News disclosed on Friday that a postmortem report revealed three gunshot entry wounds on her body and turned up bullet fragments.

The police believe that Melissa was gunned down while she slept at the couple’s home in Stony Hill, St. Andrew on November 10. A team of police personnel visited the house on the weekend and conducted forensic tests.

However, Nationwide News understands that, subsequent to the death of Mrs. Silvera significant renovations were carried out on sections of the home.

Tiles were reportedly replaced, and the bed in which Mrs. Silvera is believed to have spent her final moments was removed from the property, which has also been repainted.

Mrs. Silvera died, leaving behind three young children.

Mr. Silvera has hired one of the country’s leading criminal defence attorneys, King’s Counsel Peter Champagnie, as the police intensify their investigation into his wife’s murder.

In a brief statement on Saturday, KC Champagnie told Nationwide News that he’s seen no evidence to suggest at this time that his client is being treated as a suspect.

Jolyan Silvera is reportedly denying any wrongdoing.

The death of Mrs. Silvera, who’s the daughter of a well-known PNP activist, and the subsequent murder investigation are sending ripples through sections of the Opposition PNP.

Silvera has been active on the campaign trail in recent times with PNP President Mark Golding and is considered a key party operative in St. Mary.