Forty-two-year-old Omar Green has been charged with the rape and murder of his 9-year-old stepdaughter, Nikita Noel.
The head of the Hanover Police Division, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, expressed on Thursday her office’s desire to charge Green before Noel’s funeral service. The accused, a resident of Barbery Hill, Hanover, was subsequently charged with Noel’s death on Thursday evening by the Hanover police. Beeput disclosed to Radio Jamaica News that Green was charged based on forensic evidence collected by investigators.
Noel, a student at Esher Primary, was found dead on February 1 in the Kew district. According to reports, Noel was dropped off from school by her driver, along with other passengers, at her usual drop-off location, a road leading up a hill to where her family resided.
The child would usually make her way home from there, but her mother, Nordia Edwards, raised an alarm when she did not return home and could not be found. The authorities were alerted, and a search was conducted for the missing girl. Noel was later found in bushes near her home, and an autopsy revealed that she had been raped and strangled.
Green, a construction worker, is scheduled to appear in court next week. The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Area One, Clifford Chambers, disclosed last month that there were signs that there might have been domestic-related issues between Green and Noel’s mother.
“The mother had a relationship with the male, and that relationship went sour. Not that it is clearly directed to this as yet, but there is a strong probability that the two are related,” Chambers stated.
Edwards described her daughter as a well-behaved, jovial child. The 9-year-old’s funeral service is expected to be held on Saturday.