NOTTINGHAM, England, May 24, CMC – Police say that three suspects in last weekend’s murder of a man have fled the country for the Caribbean.
The authorities have declined to identify the Caribbean countries where the suspects, in the murder of Malakai McKenzie, 19, may have fled to, but said they have arrested 11 people as part of the inquiry, called Operation Habitat, adding that the three on the them have also been charged with McKenzie’s murder.
“Despite the 11 arrests, three known suspects have fled the UK, and they are in the Caribbean,” said prosecutor Graham Huston at a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court.
“We know where they are, but inquires are under way. Those inquiries are in their infancy.”
Police have so far charged Ijah Lavelle-Moore, 20, Malcolm Vaughan Francis, 18, and Cameron Cashin, 20, with murder and firearm offences in McKenzie’s death.
Lavelle-Moore and Francis appeared at the Crown Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Cashin appeared via video link before a packed courtroom, prosecutors said.
The court has set a provisional trial date for November 26.
McKenzie died after he was shot outside the Hubb pub, in Sherwood, Nottingham, in the early hours on Saturday.
“The investigation continues. We are actively seeking a number of potential suspects, including those mentioned in that part of the world,” a police spokesman said.