Jamaica: Father of the child charged with the shooting of his cousin says he's shocked

By Rumi Samuel Published on May 27, 2021
Jamaica: Father of the child charged with the shooting of his cousin says he's shocked

The father of the 15-year-old boy who is accused of the accidental shooting death of his six-year-old cousin while playing with an illegal gun in Westmoreland last week Monday says he is still in shock.

The man, whose identity is being withheld to protect the identity of the minor, said this is the first time that his son has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

The teen who is accused of shooting the six-year-old boy, Jadaine Miller, in the community of Dalling Street, Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, was remanded in custody after appearing in the Westmoreland Family Court.

“... I no use to dem sinting ya,“ said the man, about the illegal gun his son allegedly used to shoot his cousin. "I is a man make sure I go out and work. So, a two job me have fi just make everything alright,” said the distraught father, a farmer.

The man said his son lives with his mother in Hanover and would normally visit him in Westmoreland on weekends. He said he and the child have a good relationship.

“He only comes down here pon the weekend when mi calls him and say 'Come fi money,' because me have other children up deh. Me tell him seh me a go work out fi a while. So, me only call him when him fi come dung fi him money because me work in Darliston and me have to go on the farm very early, so me nuh stay down here,” he said.

The incident took place on the property of a family member.

Police reported that the teenager was playing with a gun in a yard in the community when it went off and a bullet hit the six-year-old in the back. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police are yet to recover the weapon.

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