October 19, 2021 | Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
Members of the Pathway International Church were allegedly ordered by their leader to turn on each other in a self-sacrificing ritual reminiscent of Jim Jones in Guyana. So far, reports are that three are dead and three are injured and at the hospital. The throat of one of the injured women was slashed.
The Jamaican police got a tip and when they tried to enter the compound they were met with gunfire. One person was shot dead allegedly by police. Police are reporting that when they entered all the followers were seen naked and young children were milling around. A number of the members have been arrested and the compound is being treated as a crime scene.
The leader who goes by the name His Excellency Kevin Smith has been handcuffed and arrested and is facing a number of criminal charges.
Police High Command / Children Services
Police high command from Kingston headed to Montego Bay including the Commissioner of Police Major General Anthony Anderson.
Children’s services attended the scene and took charge of the children. An emergency court hearing was held to determine what would happen to the children. The children were dispatched to 2 children’s homes in custody of the state.
15 children, 9 men and 29 females have been detained. The 29 females have all been granted bail with minor charges laid so far as the investigation is ongoing. Cult leader his Excellency Kevin Smith has not been granted bail and is being detained as he faces multiple criminal charges. The crime scene has been sealed off as the investigations are in top gear. Vision Newspaper understands that a “Go Fund Me” account has been launched to assist with the legal fees of the cult members.
DPP Paula Llewellyn may be asked to assist with laying criminal charges.
Religious assembly in Jamaica is not a criminal act in itself and is allowed under the constitution of Jamaica. Police are saying this was quite a bazaar scene with a lot of blood splatter all over the compound. This is where the police investigation is focused.
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