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Controversial religious leader Kevin Smith dies in three-vehicle crash

Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, and an eyewitness to the crash
 
Kevin Smith, the controversial leader of Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries, an obscure religious group, died this morning in a crash near the Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine.
 
A member of the police team transporting him also died.
 
Two other police officers were injured in the crash and have been hospitalised. 
 
Smith was being transported to Kingston by the police when the three-vehicle crash occurred. 
 
He was pronounced dead at the nearby Linstead Hospital.
 
An eyewitness told Radio Jamaica News that the occupants had to be cut from the vehicle by members of the Jamaica Fire Brigade.
 
Smith was arrested a week ago when the police stormed his religious compound in St James to avert what they feared was a mass killing in progress.
 
Two members of the religious group were already dead when they entered the building, their throats slashed in what was characterised as a human sacrifice ritual.
 
Another member of the group was killed in by the police during an exchange of gunfire.


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