Two men cleared of mob attack are arrested then bailed over gun murder

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder moments after they were cleared of a mob attack.

Detroy Smith Jr. and Allan Douglas Jr. were yesterday taken into custody for the murder of Jamaican George Lynch on Wednesday night. Last night they were released on Police bail. Moments before their arrest, a Supreme Court jury had found them not guilty of viciously attacking Temasgan Furbert on February 27 last year. [see court story. Mr. Furbert was attacked at the very same Midland Heights Crescent home where Mr. Lynch was murdered two nights ago.

He died a few months before he was due to became a father for the third time. The 40-year-old Jamaican was married to Bermudian schoolteacher Nekesha Holdipp. He was described as a “much loved member” of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s Environmental Services Department.  And neighbours reacted in shock when they heard that Mr. Lynch had become Bermuda’s eighth gun fatality in the last 12 months.

Mr. Lynch died after two masked men rode up to the Hamilton home of his friend Philmore Phinn and fired one shot shortly before 10.27 p.m. The bullet hit Mr. Lynch in the chest while he stood in the yard with two other individuals. He was rushed to hospital in a private car but died within an hour.  Mr. Phinn is the brother-in-law of attack victim Mr. Furbert; he and his wife testified during the Supreme Court trial.

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