Dancehall has suffered another black eye stemming from the rampant violence raging on the beautiful island of Jamaica. As dancehall artists Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm await their fate in hopes that their murder convictions will be overturned by an appeal court; as another dancehall star, Munga Honorebel, who is currently free on bail but waiting for a court date to answer to murder chargers; yet another dancehall artist has been charged for murder yesterday.
The fastest rising dancehall artist out of the Popcaan led Unruly camp, Quada, was arrested and charged with murder this week. So Popcaan who had to sit and watch his mentor Vybz Kartel go through a murder trial some years ago will now have to watch an artist he is currently mentoring go through the same ordeal.
According to reports from the Corporate Communications Unit, the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s information arm, Quada (given name Shacquelle Clarke) turned himself in at the Constant Spring Police Station in Kingston on Tuesday evening. He was accompanied by his attorney-at-law.
Quada was charged following a question-and-answer session with detectives.
The 23-year-old is charged with the murder of Miguel Williams, 30, in Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew on April 17, 2019. According to reports, an angry mob forced its way into Williams’s house, beat him, placed tires around his body and lit him inside the building. He was burnt beyond recognition.
Williams’s murder is believed to be in relation to the murder of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers, a student of Red Hills Primary School. Skyers had gone missing in April 2019; days after her body was found in Sterling Castle Heights.
The deejay is the second person to be charged in connection with Williams’s killing. In December 2019, 30-year-old Andrew Breakcliffe, otherwise called Grinch, of a Sterling Castle Heights address, was also charged with murder and arson.
Quada hails from Bull Bay in the parish of Portland.