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Accused Jamaican Hijacker Could Face 20 Years Jail Time

CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mon. May 4, 2009: A 21-year-old Jamaican man, who tried to hijack a Canadian charter aircraft in Montego Bay last month, could face the next 20 years in jail if convicted.

Stephen Fray, 21, was on Friday slapped with charges of robbery, assault and other offenses, police said. He is accused of holding passengers and crew captive aboard a CanJet flight at Donald Sangster International Airport in the resort city on April 19.

The Jamaican man who tried to hijack a Canadian charter aircraft in Montego Bay last month has been charged with assault, robbery with aggravation, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, shooting with intent and breaching the civil aviation act, police said on Friday.

Fray is accused of holding passengers and crew captive aboard a CanJet flight at Donald Sangster International Airport in the resort city on April 19.

Police claim Fray used a .38-caliber revolver to seize the Boeing 737-800 jet and take more than 180 passengers and crew hostage on April 19.

More than 170 passengers were freed early on in the hijacking but Fray kept the crew on board for eight hours before he was seized by Jamaican police and soldiers.