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Cops: Javaughn was no angel

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2023 | 1:22 AM


The Bible-reading, deaf Javaughn Henry, killed during a confrontation with the security forces last Saturday in Barrett Town, St James, has been positively identified as one of the executioners of two men at a bar in Caanan, Dumfries, recently.

“The two men who were killed – Adolphus Holder and Jevannie Gordon – were among a group of individuals at an event at a sports bar in Caanan. While there, they were approached by Henry, who opened gunfire, hitting them several times all over their bodies,” chief investigator in the parish, Deputy Superintendent of Police Cordia Ashley confirmed with The Gleaner.

“He was identified by an eyewitness,” she added. “Javaughn was who pulled the trigger killing the two men. He allegedly pumped several shots into their bodies.”

The 24-year-old, along with his younger brother, Jadane Henry, who made it on the St James ‘Most Wanted’ list with Nester ‘Zaddo’ Gallimore, died during a shoot-out at his mother’s home.

Both of his parents spoke of him glowingly, suggesting that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and that he was no wrongdoer, just collateral damage.

“When I left for work Saturday afternoon, I left him reading his Bible on his tablet. He did not have any friends, and he was afraid of the police,” was how his mother, Jacqueline Brown, described him. She said she had not seen her other son, Jadane, since relocating to Barrett Town a number of years ago.

However, Gleaner investigations revealed that the men had been seen in the community for over a week.

Ashley said she was hoping the citizens of Adelphi would now feel safe to go about their daily lives with the exit of the three men from their community.

“Adelphi was such a quiet community,” she stated.

The three were reportedly guns-for-hire, or contract killers, responsible for several murders in the parish.

On Sunday, when The Gleaner spoke with the father of the Henry boys, Kingsley Henry, he said he would not knowingly have any child under his roof involved in wrongdoing.

“I told him (Jadane), ‘Turn yourself in’, and he said, ‘Daddy, mi nuh involve in a nutten’. That was when he stopped taking my calls,” he stated, the presence of tears choking his every word.

Senior Superindent of Police Vernon Ellis, commanding officer in charge of St James, commended Henry for his stance against violence.

“The father is a law-abiding citizen. I have found him to be very cooperative and decent. It is obvious that he tried to raise his children in a healthy, crime-free environment, and it is unfortunate that his two sons ended up like that.”