Head of the Criminal Investigations Branch, Senior Superintendent McArthur Sutherland is commending the detectives whose relentless efforts led to ten separate charges being laid against five persons in relation to the December 2018 murder of Kingston businessman, Howard Ares.

The investigative team has disclosed that their probe took them across two parishes and included the utilization of forensic evidence.

The accused persons, who were arrested in a series of operations over the course of a week from December 29, 2018, to January 5, have been identified as 25-year-old Marvin Wright, otherwise called ‘Skull’ and ‘Indian’, a labourer of March Pen Road, Spanish Town in St. Catherine, 26-year-old, Andrew Clement, otherwise called ‘Bush’, a welder of Walkers Road, Old Harbour in St. Catherine, 28-year-old Andrae Bailey, otherwise called ‘Pah’, a jackhammer operator of Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, 25-year-old Javene Simpson, otherwise called ‘Kermaine’, a labourer of Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine and 26-year-old Rochelle Wright, a dancer of Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine.

The five have been charged jointly with the following offences Murder, Conspiracy to Murder, Robbery with Aggravation, Extortion, Kidnapping, Assault with Intent to Rob, Conspiracy to prevent the burial of a Corpse, burglary, and Robbery with aggravation, Illegal Possession of Firearm and Illegal Possession of Ammunition.

All five will answer to the charges in the St. Catherine Parish Court on Friday, January 18.

Ares’s body was found in a shallow grave on Terminal Lane in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine on Sunday, December 16.

Detectives say Ares was transacting business with persons in the area, however, a dispute developed and he was kidnapped, shot and buried in a shallow grave when their demands were not met.