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Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

A Parish Court judge has ruled that Kenneth Blake, the Kingston pastor accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her, must stand trial in the Home Circuit Court for a number of sex-related offences.The order was...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Tommy Lee Sparta, the popular but controversial dancehall artiste, has lost more than $20 million in earnings over the last three years because police investigators have been forcing promoters in western Jamaica to remove him from their events, the...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes has described as unacceptable the fact that over the 15-month period, from January last year to March this year, judges at the Supreme Court handed down decisions in 27 per cent of the cases in which they reserved judgement...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

A police constable on Tuesday pleaded guilty to manslaughter for fatally shooting a nine-year-old girl while he was chasing a suspect in the inner-city community of Majesty Gardens nearly 15 years ago.Walter Spike, 54, entered the plea after a jury...

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), a group of close to 100 civil society organisations across the region, has written to Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness declaring that it has serious concerns about the legal action brought against the...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Chairman of Wisynco Group Limited William Mahfood has labelled the public education campaign 'Are You Drinking Yourself Sick?' "very biased" but insists that his company is not trying to shut down the initiative.Mahfood acknowledges that Wisynco is...

Published:Tuesday | April 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

The trial of the three soldiers accused of murdering businessman Keith Clarke turned into a legal drama yesterday after lawyers for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) appeared in court with immunity certificates, signed by the former minister of...

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

A High Court judge has prompted a sharp rebuke from Justice Minister Delroy Chuck for threatening to toss out three of the so-called police death squad cases that have stalled in the courts. This because of the Government's refusal to pay the...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

More than 60 per cent of the persons prosecuted for murders and sexual offences in the Home Circuit Court last year were convicted.That is according to figures compiled by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), which showed, too,...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Amid the escalating murder rate, which has claimed more than 6,000 lives during the last five years, a regional research group has found that the number of Jamaicans willing to allow law enforcement authorities to "cross the line" in order to catch...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) yesterday revealed that it has seized almost $2 million and several motor vehicles arising from an investigation into the operations of the telemarketing firm Prisoners For Christ (PFC)....

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) this week attempted to arrest a policewoman accused of murder just days after the nation's second-highest court ruled that it had no such powers.INDECOM's move was, however, blocked by the...

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

The nation's election boss, Orrette Fisher, has resigned from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), highlighting "the growing level of political influence affecting the organisation".Fisher's decision to walk away from his position as acting...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 9:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

A bombshell DNA report has concluded that Kenneth Blake, the Kingston pastor facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl, is the father of the child she gave birth to last year.The explosive report was prepared by the...

Published:Thursday | March 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Charmaine Steiner, the woman who was acquitted of killing her husband, German hotelier Helmut Steiner, has described her 10-year wait for justice as torture.The most difficult part, said the 45-year-old widow, was not knowing the whereabouts of her...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Lawyers for the Government have dismissed an assertion by acting Director of Elections Orrette Fisher that under the country's electoral arrangements, his office is insulated from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ).Solicitor General Nicole...

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Michael McLean, the man on trial for killing four children and two women, has admitted that on the day of the slayings, he took a 12-inch knife, a chopper, a machete, a pitch fork, and a hoe from his home and placed them in his motor car. McLean,...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Cabinet is expected to give consent shortly for the release of funds to pay legal fees owed to lawyers for police personnel facing murder charges arising from the so-called death squad cases.The cases, which involve about nine policemen, have...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has bowed topublic pressure, announcing yesterday that "in short order", he will appoint a permanent chief justice.Further, Holness appears to have backed away from statements he made as he sought to defend his decision...

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

A St Thomas woman yesterday recounted how she introduced Michael McLean, the man accused of hacking six members of two families to death in 2006, to a "spiritual leader" after he complained that he became ill after eating a meal of steamed fish...

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Civil-society leaders reacted with alarm and disgust after it was revealed yesterday that Jamaica recorded 100 murders 20 days into the new year.The latest statistics compiled by the police revealed, too, that a suspect was arrested and charged in...

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