Sun | Sep 15, 2019

Stories by Livern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Friday | September 6, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A police constable deployed to hotspot communities blanketed by the Government’s enhanced security measures has warned that long hours, substandard working conditions, and inadequate resources are threatening to undermine their effectiveness. The...

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:28 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

After a weekend of brazen gun attacks that left four people dead, St James, one of three western parishes blanketed by a state of emergency, is close to recording 100 murders this year. One murder was recorded last Friday, one on Sunday and two...

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 12:49 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

There are indications that Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been thrown into more turmoil following reports that Principal Dr Nicholeen DeGrasse Johnson has been suspended by the board of directors. There was no...

Published:Saturday | August 24, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

One lawmaker last week came face-to-face with the terror on the roadways caused by rowdy taxi drivers, and the incident has left her traumatised. Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, the celebrated Olympian and member of parliament (MP) for St Andrew West Rural...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:37 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has indicated that his wife was seeking to protect her reputation and his when she complained about the Integrity Commission’s summary report of his 2018 statutory declaration, which was published in the Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:36 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The eyebrow-raising figures published in the Jamaica Gazette as the value of real estate assets owned by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips reflect the price at which their properties were acquired and not the...

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2019 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips’ wife has revealed that his 2018 statutory declaration placed the value of the real estate assets owned jointly with her at $58 million and suggested that the Integrity Commission was to blame for the grossly...

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), seeking to usher in a new style of politics, is moving to ensure that its members examine the conduct of political representatives before making financial donations to their campaigns. PSOJ...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has come to the defence of judges facing fresh criticisms over perceived slap-on-the-wrist sentences, even as he insisted that the sanctions they impose should serve as an “emphatic denunciation” of criminal conduct....

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Three police constables who reportedly held a teenage boy with an illegal gun and threatened to kill him unless his relatives paid them $2 million have been fined and given suspended sentences. Adrian Jackson, Lueshane Bryan and Rameon Wellington...

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Kingston pastor who repeatedly had sex with a then 12-year-old girl whom he impregnated was never indicted for rape, Jamaica’s chief prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn, has revealed. Further, Llewellyn disclosed that her office did not have sufficient...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A St Catherine man who stabbed an elderly woman and her son to death has been sentenced to six years in prison for the double killing. Jeffrey Campbell, 43, was sentenced in the St Catherine Circuit Court last Thursday by Justice Crescencia Brown...

Published:Saturday | July 27, 2019 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Quacie Hart, the man who stabbed a Jamaica College (JC) student to death in 2016, will have to serve more than three decades in prison. Hart was sentenced by High Court judge Lorna Shelly Williams to life in prison and ordered to serve 31 years...

Published:Thursday | July 25, 2019 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The buildings at the centre of a scathing report by the Auditor General’s Department were dilapidated and threatened the safety of the students occupying them, the education ministry has asserted. In some cases, according to minister with oversight...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:39 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Financial investigators have indicated that a legal opinion received from the nation’s chief prosecutor yesterday provided “very good guidance” in their wide-ranging corruption probe involving sacked Education Minister Ruel Reid. Robin Sykes, chief...

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The nation’s second-highest court has slashed nearly 30 years off the 45-year prison sentence imposed on a St Catherine man who admitted to raping a 13-year-old girl he abducted while she was on her way to school. Carl Campbell, 46, will now have...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:34 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The public will have a say in how the Government moves ahead with Petrojam in the wake of a report which recommended, among other things, that transfer of the management of the state-owned oil refinery to the private sector “provides the only...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Senior managers at Petrojam have been directed to craft a plan to implement all the recommendations made by the Auditor General’s Department in a damning audit of the state-owned oil refinery. Energy Minister Fayval Williams, who made the...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:36 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A proposal that Jamaican immigration authorities should be compelled to alert the police when convicted gangsters are about to leave the island has not found favour with lawmakers who are reviewing the so-called anti-gang legislation. Similarly,...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

There was a litany of blunders, some by senior cops, in the moments before and immediately after a 2013 mix-up with live and blank rounds at the police training school in St Catherine, resulting in a five cops being shot, one fatally, a document...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A woman yesterday detailed for prosecutors how an official at the then Manchester Parish Council, whom she had befriended, telephoned her days before Christmas in 2015 to ask her to encash a cheque for him. The Manchester Parish Council has been...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:39 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An eight-page indictment crafted by prosecutors has alleged that over a 42-month period, starting in June 2013, Sanja Elliott, a former official at the Manchester Municipal Corporation (MMC), his wife, and parents conducted a series of multimillion...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Financial Investigations Division (FID), the agency leading the sprawling corruption probe around sacked education minister Ruel Reid, has quietly gone to court and obtained orders to compel a number of individuals and entities to turn over...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:35 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A new mandatory requirement for Jamaicans and other citizens across the globe to disclose all the social-media platforms they have visited in the last five years, along with their user names, when they apply for American visas will have a “chilling...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A man who was awarded damages and requested a $30-million payout from the Government after he languished in jail for nearly six years while his case crawled through the court system has been convicted on two counts of murder. Mervin Cameron was...

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