UPDATE: 2 men charged with JUTC bus driver’s murder

News post January 6, 2016

 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Half-Way-Tree police today charged two men in connection with the shooting death of 51-year-old Albert Barnes, a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus driver on Tuesday, December 29. Charged are: Garfield Walters, 22, and 28-year-old George Ballentine, both of Bedward Gardens, Kingston 7. They are charged with murder, illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. Walters surrendered to the Yallahs police in St Thomas last Friday, while Ballentine was picked up by the police during an operation in August Town, St Andrew on January 4.
A .380 semi-automatic pistol and 24 rounds of ammunition were taken from him. Reports are that Barnes was driving a JUTC bus along Bedward Crescent in August Town, when explosions were heard. The police were summoned and he was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to hospital where he died while being treated. Walters and Ballentine are scheduled to appear before the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday, January 11. Meanwhile, the Police High Command has commended the investigators for the speedy and professional manner in which they carried out the investigations to bring these men to justice.
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