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Public pressure led to murder charge, says Rushawn Patterson’s attorney

Aneka “Slickianna” Townsend was found dead at sea in Reading, between St James and Hanover, on October 21, 2022.

FREEPORT, St James – Michelle Thomas, the lawyer representing Rushawn Patterson who was charged Friday with murder in the strangulation death of social media influencer Aneka “Slickianna” Townsend, insists police simply gave in to public pressure to move the case forward.

“Now that he’s been charged, the defense can now come together. They [police] have the right to do what benefits their professional work and we should do what is in their best interest and be guided by their constitutional rights to defend themselves. So let it begin,” Thomas told the Jamaica Observer.

Earlier today Superintendent Vernon Ellis, who is in charge of St James’s Police Division, announced on social media that Patterson had been charged, ending days of speculation. The Hanoverian man, also known as ‘Chizzie’, was arrested on November 2 and later slapped for assault in connection with a case dating back to 2018. Lawmen questioned him on Tuesday on the Townsend case.

On Friday, police said footage from the JamaicaEye CCTV network and forensic evidence gathered during a high-profile investigation by multiple Jamaican police teams helped them gather enough evidence to charge the man. 33-year-old murder man. Rohan “Early B” Rose, a 47-year-old security guard, is also charged in connection with the case. He is charged with mistaking a felony shot, a charge that he was either involved in the case and/or failed to report it to authorities.

According to the schedule established by the police, Townsend traveled from Kingston to Montego Bay on October 20. She was seen with Patterson at a restaurant in Hanover and a guest house in St James.

“At some point during the night, an argument developed between them, which resulted in Patterson strangling … Townsend and disposing of his body,” the police statement said Friday.

Townsend’s scantily clad body was recovered from the sea at Reading, between St James and Hanover, on October 21.

Police are trying to establish if Patterson committed any other offences.

“Investigations are ongoing as it is suspected that… Patterson may have been involved in other incidents similar to those for which he has been charged. Accordingly, detectives are appealing to the public for any information that may assist in the investigation. “Investigation. Persons may contact Montego Bay CIB at 876-684-9080, Crime Stop at 311, Police Emergencies at 119 or the nearest police station,” the news release read.