September 20, 2011
Campden Park murder accused hit with 24 charges

As if he were a hero being welcomed home, murder-accused George “Chocolate” Franklyn smiled at members of the media as they took his photo, made the peace sign,{{more}} held both hands in the air and grinned for the persons gathered outside the courthouse.

On Friday, September 16, when he appeared at the Serious Offences Court, Franklyn, 41, businessman of Campden Park, was slapped with 24 charges, after he allegedly went on a shooting rampage in Coconut Range, Campden Park, on September 13, 2011.

He was charged with the murders of Ingrid Jack-Franklyn, 35, Clerk and Marva James, 48, Vendor, both of Campden Park.

He was also charged with four counts of intent to murder Desroy Lavia, 19, of Owia; Sharon James, 29, Clerk; Desroy Jack, 30, labourer and Nolly Jack, 45, fisherman. He was charged with two counts of wounding with intent, and three counts of criminal trespass upon entering the dwelling houses of Marva James and Nolly Jack.

Two counts of unlawfully discharging a firearm at Sharon James and Desroy Lavia, five counts of possession of a .45 pistol with intent to injure Ingrid Jack-Franklyn, Marva James, Desroy Lavia, Desroy Jack and Simeon James were also laid. He was charged with one count each for possession of a .45 pistol and four rounds of .45 ammunition; four counts of grievous bodily harm on Ingrid Jack-Franklyn, Simeon James, Desroy Jack and Marva James.

When he appeared in court on Friday, Franklyn was not legally represented.

He was remanded into custody until February 21, 2012, when a Preliminary Inquiry will be held. (KW)