GoFundMe launched for legal fees for ‘cult church’ leader, members | Loop Jamaica

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A GoFundMe campaign has been established to raise US$30,000 for legal fees for members of the Montego Bay-based Pathways International Restoration Church who were arrested following the death of three persons amid a ritual at the church on Sunday evening.

“All members of Pathway International, let us raise for lawyer(s) to defend Crown Bishop, His Excellency Dr Kevin Smith, and other members. Now is the time to stand up against our adversaries. 999,” read a message in heavy circulation on Social media.

The message indicated that a Robert Smith is the organiser of the fundraiser.

On Monday, a team of police officers, led by Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, who was accompanied by National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, visited the church at Norwood Avenue in Paradise, Montego Bay, St James.

Anderson, in a press statement, said the police were summoned after a female congregant who turned up at hospital with stab wounds, informed law enforcers of macabre activities that were being carried out at the church as part of a ritual.

“A congregant here, a member of this church who had been injured, apparently when she chose to disobey some instructions given to her by the leaders of this organisation, reported to the police that she had been injured and other information that led us to believe that the persons here were at risk,” the police commissioner stated.

National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang; Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson (centre) and other members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) during a visit to the premises of Pathways International Restoration Church in Montego Bay, St James on Monday.

Upon the their arrival, the police were reportedly greeted with gunfire coming from the church.

The police returned the fire and waited for reinforcement, then a shootout ensued, during which a man was shot and killed.

Upon their entry into the church, two persons were found dead – a woman with her throat slashed and a man with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

There are indications that the two deaths occurred as part of a religious ritual.

Police sources reported that another male was seen alive laying on his stomach with chop wounds and gunshot wounds to his back. That individual was said to have stated that he had been shot and stabbed by a member of the church.

A camera was also found at the location. It has not yet been established whether the device was being used to record the ritual.

A camera that was found inside the Pathways International Restoration Church during the police raid there on Sunday.

Subsequently, the police took over 40 members of the congregation, including the leader, into custody. Most of the detainee, who were women, have since been released on bail, but the men and one of the women, a police officer, remain in custody as an intense police probe continues into the shocking development on Sunday.