Mavado defends his son's innocence

By Sade Gardner
Observer writer

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Mavado is claiming his son is innocent, according to the deejay's attorney Tamika Harris.

She is representing the 16-year-old who is charged with conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent, as well as illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. As he is a minor, the teen's name cannot be released to the public.

“He (Mavado) is distraught and a little perturbed,” Harris told the Jamaica Observer.

“He is maintaining that the allegation against his son is not true, and he is willing to go at lengths to defend his son,” she continued.

The minor is being charged in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas, also known as “Chulups” and “Israel”.

According to the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, at at 3:30 am on June 5, a group of armed men forced their way into Thomas's home in the Cassava Piece community in St Andrew. He was shot, chopped, and set ablaze. This incident occurred days after Mavado escaped injury after being shot at in the community. He is currently being sought by police to answer questions relating to violence in the area. Mavado resides in the United States.

“He is returning, but he has indicated to me that he does not want the media to know when,” said Harris.

Police had announced that the minor would have appeared in court yesterday. However, he was a no show.

According to Harris, the police are responsible for taking the teen to court. She was unable to say when the teen is rescheduled to appear.

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