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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...

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2019 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has said that there are “issues” with how the 19 guns stolen from a security company in Montego Bay, St James, on the weekend were being stored. However, FLA CEO Shane Dalling declined to discuss the issues...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2019 | 12:07 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Local church leaders, buoyed by offers of assistance from pro-life groups in the United States (US), are seeking to convince Jamaican lawmaker Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn to withdraw a controversial motion that seeks to legalise abortions. With Dr Alveda...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:30 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaican hotel chain Sandals has dismissed as “downright false” allegations raised in a lawsuit filed in the United States (US) that for decades, it “secretly” pocketed fees collected from guests as “local government taxes”. Lawyers for Vitali...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Two of the three policemen implicated in the shooting death of a businessman at a party in Chedwin Park, St Catherine, last month are to face criminal charges. Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn ruled yesterday that Corporals Kurt...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:38 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Amid a spate of violent attacks and sexual abuse of young children, the nation’s top prosecutor Paula Llewellyn has challenged the police to use the Child Care and Protection Act to go after parents and caregivers who fail to report incidents...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A member of the Integrity Commission has publicly rejected aspects of the contentious report on the sale of the Rooms on the Beach property, but insisted that its author, former Contractor General Dirk Harrison, has the full confidence of the...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The results of autopsies conducted on a civilian and a policeman killed under controversial circumstances in St Catherine two weeks ago have raised more questions regarding the events of the fateful night. The two died following a wild, high-speed...

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