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Mavado's son found guilty of murder


The legal team of Dante Brooks, the son of Jamaican dancehall star Mavado, plans to appeal the teenager's murder conviction which was handed down Wednesday.

Asked if the defence planned to appeal the verdict, attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie replied with an emphatic: "absolutely!".

Brooks, 18, was also found guilty of illegal possession of firearm and arson in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. His co-accused, Andre Hinds, was also found guilty.

The two were arrested and charged in connection with the grisly killing of Lorenzo Thomas in the St Andrew community of Cassava Piece on June 5, 2018.

According to prosecutors, Brooks and Hinds were among five men who entered a house and shot Thomas before pushing his father into another room. Thomas’ killers reportedly attempted to sever his head, but aborted that plan because the machete was too dull.

They then allegedly poured gasoline on the house and body before setting them on fire.

Prosecutors relied on the eyewitness testimony of Thomas’ father, who indicated that he knew his son’s killers from the community.

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