Meyshane Kemar Johnson was born in Clarendon Jamaica on December 16th, 1983. He was an employee of Checkmate Security Services on St. Maarten. It is not yet known how long Johnson has been living on the island and where he worked before, but he is listed as a mechanic in his home country.
The prosecutor prolonged the first term of custody (two days) today with another eight days. On Wednesday, the judge will check the lawfulness of the arrest and the prolongation of the custody.
The prosecution discussed the preliminary results of the autopsy with the family members. In the interest of the investigation, no details can be divulged on the outcome of the autopsy nor the conversation with the family.
On Tuesday afternoon, the forensic material that was secured on different locations was discussed amongst prosecutors, the forensic department, and a representative of the Dutch Forensic Institute, NFI. The selected items will undergo forensic research at the NFI in order to establish whether relevant evidence or leads have been detected.
Police also questioned several witnesses on Tuesday. The suspect has been further interrogated but on advice of counsel chose not to speak at this point.
No information was received on either tip-line so far. The public is called upon to inform the police on any information that could be helpful to the investigation.
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In an earlier statement, the honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams, Prime Minister of St. Maarten, echoed the sentiments of the people of St. Maarten when she thanked the "entire police force and in particular the team that worked on this investigation. As a nation, we are proud and indebted to you. I am particularly proud by the way that you have acted under the stress which must have been present all during this ordeal. I know your work is far from over, but to hear personally from the family of the victims how professional and compassionate the detectives and police officers have been all along, has given me immense pride in our 'men and women in blue'. Thank you!
"To the family of the victims, I again express my deepest condolences on behalf of the Government and people of St. Maarten. May God grant you and our nation strength during the times ahead," concluded the Prime Minister's statement.