Eladio Goulbourne, 20, of Sandy Bay district and 19-year-old Mario Headley of Palmers Cross district, both in Clarendon, have been charged with murder, abduction, burglary, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, and unauthorised access to identity information.
“We have a very strong case against both accused who actually confessed to the killing of Miss Dawkins,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey said.
Bailey, who heads the crime portfolio in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, also said that the men were found in possession of the teacher’s bank card.
$60,000 was withdrawn
“We have identified valuable evidence to indicate that $60,000 was withdrawn via the ATM machine by the two accused who were charged,” Bailey said.
Dawkins, 44, of Four Paths also in Clarendon, went missing on Tuesday, March 31. The police said that Goulbourne, Headley and Jeff Bedward, 20, of Bellas Gate, St Catherine, lured Dawkins from inside her house by setting off the alarm to her car about 10:30 on the night she disappeared.
Police said that the men then held her at gunpoint, forced her back inside her home and proceeded to rob her of two television sets, a laptop, a tablet, a cellular phone and a hand bag. The gunmen then took Dawkins in her motor car and drove her to an abandoned area where she was assaulted and killed.
On Saturday, April 3, lawmen, acting on information, intercepted Bedward and another man as they attempted to sell the victim’s stolen motor vehicle. The men engaged the police in a confrontation during which Bedward was shot and killed, while the other man escaped. A firearm and the stolen motor vehicle were subsequently seized following this incident. Police also recovered one of the stolen televisions at Bedward’s home. Following days of searching, the police found the decomposing body of a female, believed to be Dawkins, in bushes in Sandy Bay.