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Published:Thursday | November 14, 2019 | 12:34 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An attorney for the three soldiers facing murder charges for the 2010 killing of businessman Keith Clarke has argued that even without a certificate of immunity, his clients would still be shielded from criminal prosecution once they could...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:46 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A jury got to watch yesterday as an assistant teacher recounted for police investigators how he walked in on the gruesome killing of a teenage girl who was later decapitated, along with her mother. It came after prosecutors played in court the...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A don gave the orders for a St Catherine woman and her teenage daughter to be decapitated because they were viewed as informers, according to the video-recorded confessions of three of the men convicted for the grisly crime. Transcripts of the...

Published:Tuesday | November 5, 2019 | 12:33 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s top prosecutor has disclosed that she will be seeking the death penalty for the five men who are set to go on trial for allegedly beheading a St Catherine woman and her teen daughter in a double murder that stirred national outrage. The...

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The six-month security crackdown in western Jamaica has calmed jitters among international tour operators who were nervous about directing visitors to the island, a top hotel executive has revealed. Niurka Garcia-Linton, director of sales for the...

Published:Saturday | October 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

There are indications that the corruption charges filed against sacked Education Minister Ruel Reid and his co-accused will be prosecuted by private attorneys and not the prosecutorial arm of the State. Jamaica’s top prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn,...

Published:Thursday | October 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Investigators have charged that nearly $50 million of public funds was diverted to the personal use of discarded Education Minister Ruel Reid and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President, Professor Fritz Pinnock, through a number of schemes,...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Holness administration has labelled as “troubling” a call by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips for the Government to speak on the ongoing corruption investigations relating to the education ministry. In March, Education Minister Ruel Reid...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s top prosecutor has defended the decision by one of her deputies to withdraw rape charges against a man who was allegedly linked through DNA evidence to a string of sexual attacks in Red Hill, St Andrew, in 2015. Byron Tingling was...

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Dr Peter Phillips has asked Jamaicans sceptical of his political promises to examine his “track record” and that of the People’s National Party (PNP) he leads. “Judge me on my record of what I have done in all the areas in which I have served,”...

Published:Monday | September 23, 2019 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The next People’s National Party (PNP) administration will revamp the National Housing Trust (NHT) to ensure that everyone who contributes realises a benefit, Dr Peter Phillips has vowed. Further, Phillips has promised that the PNP, if given state...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A parliamentary committee is demanding answers from the Education Ministry about the status of three multimillion-dollar contracts linked to allegations of irregularity at a number of agencies that fall under its remit. The contracts in question...

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 | 12:00 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 | 12:27 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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...

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