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The police have identified the men whose bodies were found inside a car on Portmore Villa Boulevard as 27-year-old Andre Dixon a businessman of McVikers Lane, Spanish Town in St. Catherine and 48-year-old Ricardo Gordon of Madrid Avenue, Homestead.
The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) wants fines for teachers who practice without a licence to go up to $2.5 million.
Monday, 13 June 2022 17:32

PNP Opposed to Changes in the Bail Act

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People's National Party (PNP) President Mark Golding has declared that the parliamentary opposition will not support proposed changes to the Bail Act that will prevent persons charged with murder and gun crimes from getting bail.

The Board and Management of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), is deeply saddened by the death of board member, Mr. Omar Francis, who died in a motor vehicle accident today (Monday, June 13, 2022). 

Mr. Francis was appointed to SERHA’s board in December 2020 and served as the chairman of the Spanish Town Hospital's Management Committee. Through his sterling leadership, the hospital has made several achivements to its infrastructure and services, which will not be forgotten.

Mr. Wentworth Charles, Board Chairman, SERHA, expressed sadness at the news of the passing of Mr. Francis. “It is really a sad time for us, for the staff, the team at the Spanish Town Hospital and the Health Ministry. He will be long remembered for his kind-hearted spirit and for his dedication towards fulfilling the mandate for a better health care system.”

The Board and Management of SERHA extend sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr.Francis.

May Almighty God give rest and peace to the departed soul.

With deepest sympathy.

Minister of National Security and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says he is pleased with how the initial phase of the rollout of the Station Records Management System within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been progressing.

Monday, 13 June 2022 09:47

Police probing suspected bail racket

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The police are probing a suspected bail racket following the arrest and charge of a woman by the Area 2 Police, last week.

Monday, 13 June 2022 09:46

US increasing Jamaican extradition requests

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The US Justice Department has increased its requests for Jamaican fugitives wanted for serious crimes in that country, including lottery scamming, money laundering, kidnapping and sex crimes.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to assure those concerned about tougher crime measures being contemplated by his administration, saying there's no intention to proceed unreasonably.

The government recently announced that it was seeking to prevent persons charged for murder and gun crimes from getting bail.
 
Mr Holness, speaking Sunday at a meeting of the governing Jamaica Labour Party's  Area Council 2 in Sydenham, St Catherine, acknowledged that there is fear that legislative changes are meant to take away the rights of citizens.
 
He stressed however that the changes proposed by the government will only apply in limited situations.
 
Mr. Holness noted that the new Firearm Act is now before Parliament and the Bail Act will be laid soon.
 
He added that the government will next be seeking to address the issue of  the use of  emergency powers, through a new statute, the Enhanced Security Measures Act, which will incorporate some of the measures that were previously imposed under states of public emergency.
 
If included in the new law, he said these measures "would help us with the control of the criminal terrorists in our midst."
 
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Mr. Holness, seemingly anticipating the possible response of judges to challenges to the new law when enacted, said the courts need to take into consideration the national sentiment in relation to the state of  crime in the country.
 
The judicial system "should take note of the frustration of the people," he suggested, adding that "justice is blind... but it should not be deaf."
Wednesday, 01 June 2022 14:15

Jamaica Zoo Ordered Closed by NEPA

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Jamaica Zoo has been ordered closed by the National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA.

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 14:00

Jamaica Gets First Lottery Scamming Conviction

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In a historic first, a jury sitting in the Supreme Court has convicted a lottery scammer in Jamaica.

The man, Kemar Townsend, was convicted this week in the St. Catherine Circuit Court of lottery scamming and money laundering.

 Lottery scamming and money laundering offences are usually heard in a judge alone trial.
 

The trial, which lasted two-weeks, was presided over by Justice Bertram Morrison.

The jury returned the unanimous guilty verdict after deliberating for less than an hour.

Townsend was found guilty of the offences of Conspiracy to Obtain Money by False Pretence, Engaging in a transaction involving Criminal Property and Possession of Criminal Property.

The complainant, a seventy-two year-old United States citizen, testified that she received several telephone calls from at least two persons informing her that she had won the lottery: a total of US$682-million, three motor vehicles and $297,000.00 USD in refund.

She testified that she was instructed by one of the callers that the funds were being housed in Jamaica and therefore she had to send money to Jamaica to claim her prizes.

The complainant on 3 separate occasions sent money to a local bank account held by the accused, Kemar Townsend.

On December 14, 2017, the complainant sent US$9-thousand, on December 21, that same year the complainant sent US$10-thousand and on January 3, 2018, she sent $25-thousand to Townsend’s local bank account.

Townsend gave evidence that he thought the money received in his bank account were sent by his lover who resided in Switzerland as his lover would usually send large sums of cash to him.

He further testified that he did not know that these sums were sent by the complainant nor that they were criminal property.

He indicated that he was expecting funds from his lover around the same time that the complainant sent the money to his bank account.

 
Wednesday, 01 June 2022 13:55

Suspect charged with woman's murder in Runaway Bay

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Alromeo Pringle has been charged with the murder of Rochelle Glaze, who was found buried in a shallow grave in Cardiff Hall, Runaway Bay, St. Ann on Friday.