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Mechanic charged with murder

Published: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Valencia man has been charged with murder.

Keon Francis aka ‘Boyo’, 21, a mechanic, of Gill Street, Valencia, is also charged with possession of firearm and ammunition following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul on Monday.

He is charged with the murder of Andre Cruickshank, aka ‘Zion’, and three counts of shooting with intent against the victim’s friends.

Cruickshank, 31, a driver, of Flamboyant Crescent, Valencia, was with a group of friends at a bar located at Quarry Road, Valencia on December 14, 2017, when a masked man riding on a bicycle approached them.

The assailant pulled out a gun and fired at the group. The victim received several gunshot wounds to the neck and was taken to hospital, where he died one month later, on January 19, 2018. The victim’s friends escaped unharmed.

Investigations were supervised by Insp Shaun Craig, Insp Christopher Prentice and Sgt Andrew Stanisford, all of Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 2, while Francis was charged by Sgt Anthony Pierre, of the Valencia Police Post on Monday.

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