Sitting in his home in the quiet, sun-dappled town of Buff Bay, Jamaica, the grief-stricken father of tragic schoolboy Jayden Moodie is still trying to come to terms with his son’s cold-blooded murder.He shouldn't find it that difficult.
Mr Moodie is adamant Jayden’s death was a case of mistaken identity, that his son was a ‘helpful and loving person and not violent’, and that there was never any inclination that he was into ‘wrongdoing’.
‘I was on the phone with him the Friday before it happened and I said to him: “All I want you to do is stay out of trouble and make something of your life.”’
But as disturbing evidence grows that Jaden may have been in thrall to drugs gangs in Waltham Forest where he lived, the Mail can reveal Mr Moodie himself has served time in jail for drugs offences.Like father, like son. Even the excuses have a ring of familiarity. He wasn't dealing drugs for money, oh no, nothing so tawdry!
He was ensnared in an undercover operation by Essex police in 2008, and in February 2009 was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Basildon Crown Court for dealing crack cocaine.
When he appeared in court, the father-of-six’s claim that he had turned to dealing as a way of ‘earning a living’ for his family held little weight with Judge Alice Robinson, who told him: ‘The supply of drugs is a pernicious trade. It causes untold misery not only to those who are addicted to drugs but to the wider public who suffer as a result of the extensive knock-on effect of the offences.’Such as being asked to ignore what's right in front of our faces (again) as the usual suspects turn this crime to their own advantage.
Just before Christmas, the teenager was expelled from Heathcote School in Chingford, according to fellow pupils because of something his teachers had seen on social media.His teachers seemed to have been paying attention. Yet the grieving 'family' being paraded in front of the cameras at every opportunity don't seem to have noticed a thing.