Clarendon quintuple murderer Rushane Barnett has been charged after an alleged physical altercation with the officers at the Half Way Tree lock-up. Barnett, who had pleaded guilty to slaughtering Kemesha Wright and her four children, was allegedly in possession of contraband items, one of which the police reported was a cell phone. The report from the police stated that the dispute occurred when personnel went to recover the illegal items.
While Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, head of the St Andrew Central Police division, disclosed to the Jamaica Gleaner that one of the items seized was a phone, he did not say what the other items were. Following the Tuesday incident, Barnett was charged with assaulting a police officer and possession of contraband.
Additional information from the Jamaica Gleaner outlined that Superintendent Nesbeth said that “there was an altercation in the cell amongst some prisoners, a general disturbance, and an inspector intervened.” The inspector observed that “Barnett was acting suspiciously,” so she addressed him, and he became “boisterous.” Superintendent Nesbeth explained that the inspector then called for help. He was subsequently searched, and the contraband items were discovered on his person.
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, he added that Barnett assaulted the policewoman and threw “an item that had a portion of juice in it” at the other officers. He also said that the matter was dealt with professionally, and Barnett was not harmed during the incident. Superintendent Nesbeth shared that Barnett will be going to court to answer the charges.
In July, Barnett pleaded guilty to slaying a family of five at their Cocoa Piece home in Clarendon. Kemesha Wright and her children, Kimanda Smith, Sharalee Smith, Rafaella Smith, and Kishawn Henry Jr., were all found on June 21 with many chop wounds and their throats slashed. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for his crimes.