Vernon Ellis Crime Scene

Police locked in legal battle to secure evidence in murder of 9-y-o Gabriel King | News

Detectives investigating the killing of nine-year-old Gabriel King in a reported carjacking in St James in January say they have faced numerous roadblocks in the investigation, including legal maneuvers and lack of cooperation from people close to the case.

King, who was developmentally disabled, was abducted from his mother along the Tucker Highway in St James after assailants reportedly dragged her from her car and took the vehicle with the child still in the back seat.

In a video posted on its social media accounts on Saturday evening, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said it was now embroiled in a legal battle to gain access to critical evidence from the mobile phone of the child’s mother.

They said the case would be heard in the St James Parish Court on Monday.

Commander of the St James Police Department, Senior Superintendent Vernon Ellis, said the police were granted a court order on September 6 for the mother to give access to the mobile phone, which the police have in custody, and that communication cell site data must be . handed over to cops within 48 hours.

“Through her attorneys, she is now contesting the order made on September 6. This key aspect of the investigation is sub judice and as such I will refrain from discussing that aspect at this time,” Ellis said in the video posted on was shot at the same place where the crime was committed.

He continued, “I would say that from the day of this murder we are faced with roadblocks, some non-cooperation and some legal fences from persons who should readily assist in this investigation.”

The murder, which sparked national outrage, took place on January 13 around 9 a.m., according to police reports, when Gabriel and his mother, Amoi Leon Issa, were in her Audi car along the Tucker Highway, heading toward downtown Montego Bay. , drove.

It is further reported that she was slowing down to maneuver some potholes in the road, when a man approached her vehicle, punched her in the face, dragged her out of the car and with her autistic child in the back seat drove away

The police were notified and the vehicle was later found abandoned on Fairfield Highway with the child’s body lying in the back seat of the car, his throat slit.

Investigators took statements from his mother; the stepfather of the deceased child, Mike Issa; business partners of the couple, as well as the family manager, gardener and housekeeper.

Gabriel’s biological father, who lives overseas, was also interviewed.

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