Five men in custody for last week’s double murders

Five men in custody for last week’s double murders

Another man arrested in connection with Tuesday’s murder


NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Authorities have arrested three men in connection with the double murder of Ashlee Sarah Hilton, 30, and George Deveaux, 33, which occurred last Monday at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre on Fox Hill Road South, according to Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash.

He confirmed that another two men were taken into custody in connection with the double murder of two men in Jubilee Gardens last week Tuesday.

According to Cash, who heads the Central Detective Unit, authorities were still searching for additional suspects.

He said the five men arrested earlier this week were “persons of interest”.

However, Cash was unable to say whether charges will be brought against them.

“I cannot be conclusive enough to say charges are going to brought against them soon, but we are making some progress with both investigations — the one at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and also the double [murder] at Jubilee Gardens,” Cash said.

“We are following some [significant leads].”

Hilton was found in the driver’s seat of a vehicle near the entrance of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre around 10:00 a.m.

She was shot several times.

Authorities found Deveaux lying on the ground with gunshot wounds not far from the vehicle.

According to police, two men lying in wait began shooting at the couple as they exited the property.

Deaveaux attempted to run away, but the assailants chased him down and shot him.

Police believe Deveaux was the intended target.

Last Tuesday night, officers found the bodies of two men sitting inside a vehicle parked in front of a residence in Jubilee Gardens with gunshot wounds around 11:45 p.m.

The engine of the vehicle was still on when officers arrived on the scene, police said.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, police discovered the body of a man in a yard in Fort Fincastle with gunshot wounds.

The circumstances surrounding the murder remains unclear.

Speaking to Eyewitness News Online yesterday, Cash said a suspect was taken into custody in connection with that shooting.

“We are seeking the whereabouts of a second person and of course we will release that information to the media in short order,” Cash said.

The latest shooting pushed the murder count for 2018 up to 84.

This time last year, there were 119 murders in The Bahamas.

This means murders are down 29 per cent year-over-year.

Touting the downward trend, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said Bahamians no longer fear crime.

He predicted last week that the year could end with fewer than 100 murders, a feat not achieved since 2010 when the country recorded 94 murders that year.

In the last seven years murders have breached the triple digits.

There have been two murder records during that time period: 2011 with 127 murders and 2015 with 146 murders.