Yesterday there was credible reporting in Jamaican media that attorney at law Patrick Bailey had turned himself in to the police for a second round of questioning. The case involved the 2016 killing of 51-year-old Germaine Junior at a home supposedly owned by Bailey.
At the time of the murder of mister Junior Élan Powell Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of crime told the media that Bailey was not a suspect!
Powell went on to insist that the police were hiding nothing and the investigations would be done and the chips would fall where they may.
In February of 2016, Assistant commissioner Powell told a Gleaner Editor’s forum that the police did not wish to name the suspects in the case (an indication that he had a suspect in mind) but sought to assure that the police were actively pursuing the case.
This writer and former detective, found this case odd on several fronts. (1) How could the Police decisively rule out Mr Bailey as a suspect with such conviction, yet two years later are unable to disclose to the family of mister Junior on what grounds they arrived at their conclusions.
Given the police own accounting of the events surrounding mister Juniors death, I wrote the article below, questioning the veracity of the police story and their lack of action on what is not a difficult case..
The case was confined to a premises owned by a certain individual, who just happened to be at the premises at the time of the demise of mister Junior.
There was no evidence that the deceased was killed and brought to the premises so there was no reason to look anywhere else on the planet , the house was the murder scene.
The police reported that there was no forced entry and that Mister Bailey was on premises when mister Junior was stabbed multiple times and shot.
Mister Bailey allegedly told police at the time that he was walking around his house when he stumbled upon the body about 4:30 am.
I decided to ask some questions in September of last year in light of the curious inaction by the police on a case which I thought only required some deductive reasoning to solve.So we asked some questions and demanded action for the family of mister Junior despite not knowing them.
The police sometimes do not have the resources to get the job done but when they have a case in which it appears that all of the facts line up, it is unconscionable that the police would not do due diligence on behalf of the people who pay their salaries.
OUR BULLET POINTS IN SEPTEMBER OF 2017
♦ Patrick Bailey is a prominent attorney who easily fits into the category of the proverbial big man according to Jamaican culture.
♦ Was mister Junior there as his guest, if not his, then whose?
♦ Who else lives in the home of attorney Patrick Bailey if anyone?
♦ Police reported that Bailey stumbled upon the body about 4:30 am in his own house as he was asleep despite the fact that mister Junior was allegedly shot.
♦ If the homicide happened in a section of the residence outside mister Bailey’s earshot, (assuming the residence is large enough that Bailey would not have heard a gunshot), nevertheless who gets up and walk around the house at 4:30 am?
♦ How could Bailey sleep through what must have been a struggle much less the sound of a gunshot in his house?
♦ The statement that he stumbled upon the body at 4:30 am could only have come from Bailey himself which gives it little credibility under the circumstances.
♦ A proper coroner’s inquest should nail down approximately what time was mister Junior killed as against Patrick Bailey’s assertions.
♦ The Police reported that there was no forced entry to Bailey’s house.This is absolutely critical evidence as it demonstrates that whoever killed mister Junior had access to the residence.
♦ A knife believed to be the one used to stab mister Junior was allegedly found beside his body, was it checked for fingerprints.
♦ If Mister Junior was living abroad at the time and was only visiting the Island why would the police and others allege that he was a caretaker of the residence?
♦ The fact that mister Junior’s body was found with multiple stab wounds suggest a crime of passion coupled with the fact that he was also shot.
♦ Was Patrick Bailey’s person checked for marks which would indicate whether he was involved in a struggle, or did the police simply take his word that he slept through a stabbing and a shooting? If not why was it not done?
♦ Why was Patrick Bailey ruled medically unfit to give statements to police at the time by Doctor Jeptah Ford?
♦ According to the Jamaica Observer reporting Following the incident, attorney Patrick Bailey’s doctor and client Jephthah Ford instructed that he be confined to bed after he reportedly exhibited signs of being unwell. Ford also said he was not fit to give a statement at the time.
♦ Why was Bailey given special privileges when even police officers traumatized by instances of fatal encounters are forced to give a quick accounting as to what occurred?
♦ Who else had access to the residence if anyone and what was their relationship to mister Junior?
♦ Did the police check Patrick Bailey’s house for bloody clothes or clothes recently washed?
♦ Did the Police check outhouses (if applicable) and garbage receptacles for potential bloody clothes?
♦ If the police determined there was no forced entry to Bailey’s house how could they summarily rule him out as a suspect?