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Suspect in bar owner’s murder killed by angry mob

A man who was suspected of being involved in the murder of a bar owner was killed by an angry mob on Monday in Westmoreland.

Deputy Superintendent Shaunjaye Mitchell, zone four commander of the Westmoreland Police Division, which covers the Negril and Little London areas, provided details on the incident that unfolded at Latty's Sports Bar and Restaurant on Bay Road in Little London. The establishment's owner, Latina 'Latty' Helps, tragically lost her life during the incident. According to Mitchell, the encounter began when two unidentified individuals on a motorcycle, which was missing registration plates, approached the bar.

"She [Helps] was standing outside of her business place when two men travelling on a motorcycle brandished a firearm and opened gunfire, hitting her several times. She fell to the ground. It is reported that the suspects attempted to leave the location but they went back on the motorcycle and drove off in the direction of Savanna-la-Mar and subsequently crashed into a motor vehicle that was heading in the opposite direction," he said.

Persons in the vicinity then took matters into their own hands, embarking on a search for the fleeing suspects. The individuals were eventually apprehended, and the mob delivered a severe beating to them. One of the suspects, identified as Odaine Richards, reportedly succumbed to a cutlass wound inflicted to his throat. The second suspect received medical treatment before being released into police custody. A firearm which was discovered at the scene was surrendered to law enforcement by the citizens.

"As you could imagine, you would need witnesses to come forward to say these were the persons involved in the mobbing, and so far no one has come forward to say that they were involved or they know someone who was involved," Mitchell said. THE STAR has learnt that the area, particularly venues handling substantial cash transactions, has witnessed previous robbery attempts.

"Investigations are ongoing and we believe that soon enough we will be able to establish a motive because we do have the second suspect in our custody," Mitchell said.