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Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jermaine Chamberlain was charged by the police on September 21 last year for using an illegal gun to rob a young woman in east Kingston. But 10 months later, after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court,...

Published:Tuesday | August 31, 2021 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A Jamaican woman who arranged more than two dozen sham marriages as part of an elaborate scheme to obtain green cards for herself and other non-American citizens is heading to prison in the United States (US). Between 2011 and 2017, Jodian...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Two businessmen suspected of being the masterminds behind a failed $50-million cocaine shipment destined for the United Kingdom (UK) are now behind bars, accused of the dramatic kidnapping and pummelling of a customs broker they believed foiled the...

Published:Tuesday | August 3, 2021 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The years-long wait for transcripts and notes of evidence, a blot on Jamaica’s judicial system for decades, has been declared a constitutional breach in separate cases filed on behalf of two men who were convicted of serious crimes. A transcript is...

Published:Friday | July 16, 2021 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Winston Jarrett’s life of crime began at age 19 when he was first convicted for a minor infraction. Now, after racking up 16 other convictions – the last two for murder – the 62-year-old watchman could die in prison. Jarrett got numerous chances at...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The police constable who was arrested this month while on duty is facing formal allegations that he contracted three men to kill a Clarendon man. Constable Tafari Silvera was charged on June 18 with conspiracy to murder following a ruling by the...

Published:Friday | June 25, 2021 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A man who is believed to have impregnated a minor after a judge ordered him to stay away from her has been convicted on multiple child sex charges. The 15-year-old victim is reportedly pregnant with twins. The 37-year-old man pleaded guilty to six...

Published:Saturday | June 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Two men who used a fake taxi to rape three women during a near month-long crime spree four years ago have been convicted for a slew of sex-related crimes. In one incident, which occurred in 2017, a then-23-year-old woman boarded the fake taxi in...

Published:Friday | June 11, 2021 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

There were some “misunderstandings” within Jamaica’s law-enforcement authorities about aspects of the so-called anti-gang legislation, the state’s top prosecutor has admitted. The Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act became...

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2021 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Three members of the Coke clan are among seven persons who could hear today whether murder and gang-related charges hanging over their heads will be conditionally discontinued. Prosecutors announced in court on Wednesday that Director of Public...

Published:Thursday | March 25, 2021 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Omar Johnson, a reputed high-profile member of the G-City Gang, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a home-invasion murder in Montego Bay, St James, last year. Justice Stephanie Jackson Haisley, who imposed the sentence, ordered that...

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Another former top executive at Jamaica’s state-owned oil refinery Petrojam is expected to be slapped with fraud-related charges early next week, senior law enforcement sources have disclosed. The former executive voluntarily returned to the island...

Published:Wednesday | March 3, 2021 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A grandmother facing nine months in prison arising from an international child custody battle has failed in her last-ditch attempt to have the sentence lifted. Daisy Raymond was sentenced in the Supreme Court last December after she failed, over a...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A member of the panel that drafted Jamaica’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom has cautioned that the constitutional arrangement governing the use of states of emergency (SOE) was deliberately made difficult. Dr Lloyd Barnett, who chaired...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The smuggling of firearms, long considered the lifeblood of marauding criminal gangs, as well as the making of home-made guns and ammunition, is to become a criminal offence under Jamaican law. The proposed new offences will be included in the...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2021 | 3:43 PMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Gleaner’s Livern Barrett has issued an early warning to Jamaicans that the crime problem it has faced for the last 20 years is getting towards an apex. There is no doubt, that even with less than two months gone in 2021, there must be...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

If Keshtina Bonner had her way, confessed killer Wade Blackwood would spend the rest of his life behind bars for the horrific shooting death of her sister, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Blackwood detailed, in a caution statement recorded by police...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Britain’s top diplomat here held up Jamaica’s strong democratic traditions as an example to the world as he blasted United States (US) President Donald Trump for the rioting that unfolded at the US Capitol building in Washington on Wednesday. Four...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:05 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

It took more than four years, but Jamaica has finally signed off on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States (US) that seeks to stamp out corruption at the ports, which has, for decades, facilitated the inflows of guns, drugs and...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The 82-year-old People’s National Party (PNP) is in good hands with St Andrew Southern Member of Parliament Mark Golding at the helm, outgoing leader Dr Peter Phillips has said. And while the transfer of power in the party has been completed,...

Published:Monday | October 26, 2020 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Cecil Brown got off with a slap on the wrist three years ago after he was convicted for sexual assault involving a five-year-old child. Brown, 54, was sentenced to six months in prison for grievous assault in the Clarendon Parish Court on July 14,...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Supreme Court has shut down an attempt by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to compel the country’s chief prosecutor to file murder and other charges against two cops over a controversial fatal shooting. At the centre of...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Gail Dunwell Campbell, the former Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) consultant. Dunwell Campbell, a Jamaican who resides in...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Allegations of domestic violence are among the main reasons cops are being denied permits for private firearms, the regulatory agency has revealed. The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) disclosed that in other cases, cops are denied permits because...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Supreme Court has tossed an application by former energy minister Dr Andrew Wheatley for permission to challenge the findings of a special report by the Integrity Commission that characterised him as “dishonest”. Wheatley also sought the court’...

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