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Catherine Pickering was found in ‘great agony’

Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit

Details from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit, into the grisly Paraquita Bay murder on April 18 indicate that 67-year-old Catherine Pickering suffered when she was fatally shot.

The senior citizen was shot in the head and chest with 7.62 bullets from an AK47 rifle.

“… After the gunshots abated, Ms [Maricel] Pickering eventually made her way back to her mother (Catherine) when she met her conscious but in great agony laying in what appeared to be a pool of blood with apparent gunshot wounds to her head and chest,” the DDP reported.

Scatliffe-Esprit was speaking in the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for the arrest appearance of 22-year-old Akeem Hopkinson and 28-year-old Shameek Grant. 

The accused men are charged for murder, robbery, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The DPP alleges that about 7 pm on the night in question, Maricel closed her business — Big Brothers Gas Station — to head home. She had in her possession a plastic bag containing $3,100 which is said to be her day’s earnings.

She gave a ride to her employee, Shemar Richardson who is accused of feeding inside information to the perpetrators who executed the crime.

When she eventually arrived at her Paraquita Bay residence which she shares with her mother, Catherine, she exited the vehicle and was startled by a male voice saying “give me the money”.

She dropped the plastic bag and ran, the court heard.

And as she was running away, she heard several gunshots being fired at her so she sought refuge on the porch of her mother’s dwelling while screaming for help. Catherine, who was home, responded to her daughter’s screams and was fatally shot.

She died less than 24 hours later.

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  1. SMH says:

    Why is this a separate story? Click bait much? SHAMEFUL!

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    • Holly and Ivy says:

      I hope that the DPP is not going to try to prosecute this herself. She can take the glory in the Mags Court but needs to get somebody else to handle it when it gets to the High Court.

  2. 😭 Tears flowing says:

    THIS WAS THE MOST HEINOUS, SENSELESS, VIOLENT COLD BLOODED MURDER. THEY SLAUGHTERED HER. THEY LEFT HER IN AGONY AFTER SHOOTING HER IN THE HEAD AND CHEST WITH A HIGH POWER ASSAULT RIFFLE. EVERYONE, AND I MEAN EVERYONE THAT HAD KNOWLEDGE AND TOOK PART IN MS. C DEATH IS GOING TO FEEL THE SAME AGONY OR WORSE.KARMA SHOWS NO MERCY WHEN IT APPLIES PAY BACK.

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  3. Gun Laws Need Changing says:

    AK47 is a military assault weapon. Toughen up the laws big time. Introducing a compulsory 10 years for possession of any assault weapon might make those who feel cool owning one think twice.

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    • Rubber Duck says:

      10 years for possession of any illegal weapon. 20 years for selling one.

      Come on government, why not. ? You spend your time messing with minor irrelevant bills while the country turns into the Wild West and innocent women and children are killed in numbers.

      Disgraceful.

  4. Lenny says:

    Jesus? Jesus? how callous

    Make sure those guys never see sunlight again.

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  5. AM says:

    I’m so so sorry. This trauma, this pain, I would wish it on all her killers, but I’m trying not to be petty this morning. I’m sorry this happened. I don’t know when the pain will ease, when the loss will ease, but I hope it does. I hope friends and loved ones check in on her, give her the help and support she needs, pray for her and love on her. this is TOUGH!! My deepest condolences.

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    • @AM says:

      RIGHT NOW HER MIND IS NOT IN A VERY GOOD SPACE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE EMOTIONAL PAIN AND TRAUMATIC SHOCK THE DAUGHTER IS GOING THROUGH.

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  6. VIRUS2oursociety says:

    If that was my mother it would be best they stayed in prison for the rest of their lives.

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  7. Yes says:

    Bring them to me in the jail cell let me give them something good

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  8. Derval Fletcher says:

    These man need …

  9. Shaft says:

    That girl is going to have nightmares for years , just the thought of what she went through and the sight of her mother in a pool of blood IS more than enough to send her off , am not a Christian but I pray and hope her family keep a very close eye on her because that is an up hill battle that she has to overcome ( if you can ima maybe you might understand ) my condolences to you stand firm and stay strong my bear 🙏

  10. @ Y U all says:

    HOLLERING NOW IF THERE WASN’T ( COI ) GOING ON THEY WOULD OF BEEN GIVEN A PAT ON THEIR BACKS AND BACK ON THE STREETS BY THEIR FAMILY OR BIG
    SHOT FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES TO CLEAN UP THEIR SKILS ( MISTAKES ) FOR THEIR NEXT GROOVE

  11. Guy Hill says:

    @Holly and Ivy.etal…..No she does not.

  12. No Mercy says:

    Public H***ing

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