Head of the Central Detective Unit, Chief Superintendent Clayton Fernander said yesterday that police have two men in custody for questioning in connection with the murder of the son of veteran trade unionist John Pinder. John Jamar Pinder, 27, was shot to death at his Hillside Estates home, one week after birthday.
According to police, Pinder was at home with male friends when “unknown persons” fired shots through the window of his home.
“We feel good where we’re at with this investigation,” Fernander said.
Pinder’s death broke a lull in violent killings in the country.
From January 1, to September 2, 2016 there have een 67 murders in the country.
The lowest murder count for this time period in five years.
Fernander is crediting the force’s increased ability to substantiate murder charges with evidence for the drastic reduction in violent crimes.
“We’ve been arresting people for serious (crimes) and getting convictions. We’re getting excellent results in court,” he said.
“The investigators they are out there. They dig; and we are compiling the evidence.”
Overall, Fernander said it’s the partnership between the police and the public that has contributed to a decreased murder count.
“We want to give thanks to members of public who work hand in hand with us,” he said.
“They are our ears and eyes. We continue to thank the whole team for coming together to get the best results.”