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Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Law-abiding Jamaicans have been left at the mercy of criminals because critical state resources are being diverted to support the government's two main anti-crime measures, the zones of special operations (ZOSO) and the State of Public Emergency,...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The leadership of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has balked at a suggestion that the salary paid to teachers should be tied to the educational outcomes of their students.The leaders of the 25,000-member union underscored the urgent need...

Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Errol Cliff Richards, the once-feared Jamaican policeman popularly known as 'Schoolboy Richie', is now serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United States (US) after he admitted before a judge that he was part of a syndicate that attempted to...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

A St Mary man who was found guilty of raping a six-year-old girl has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal because of errors by the judge who presided over the trial.Further, the Court of Appeal has set aside the 23-year prison sentence...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Forty-three per cent of the cases that were disposed of in the Home Circuit Court during the just-concluded Easter term ended with a conviction.That's according to the latest figures released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (...

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's second-highest court has slashed by more than half the 25-year prison sentence that was imposed on a St Mary man who used a piece of stick to beat his infant grandniece to death. This occurred 16 months after he was released from prison...

Published:Monday | July 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The parliamentary Opposition is questioning whether the state of public emergency imposed in St James since January is providing value for money.Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, who raised the issue yesterday, stressed that taxpayers were paying...

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

The credibility of the main witness in the murder trial of Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm came under scrutiny yesterday as lawyers for the imprisoned entertainers successfully argued that they should be allowed to introduce fresh evidence in their...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Lawyers for popular entertainer Vybz Kartel are contending that the judge who presided over his murder trial erred when he allowed prosecutors to use text messages and video evidence collected from his cell phone.The assertions are among 16 grounds...

Published:Saturday | July 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Top attorney Patrick Bailey has revealed that he was hurt by the actions of the elderly St Catherine man who accused him of fraud.Less than a month after he was acquitted of fraud charges, Bailey has filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against his...

Published:Wednesday | July 4, 2018 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Embattled minister of Science and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley yesterday insisted that no agreement had been signed and no money spent on the planned multimillion-dollar upgrade of the vacuum distillation unit (VDU) at the state-owned oil refinery...

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Supreme Court has ordered the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries to immediately reinstate a senior official who was sent on 'retirement' four years early. The order was made by Justice Georgianna Fraser in the Supreme...

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The common-law spouse of the Clarendon woman who received a suspended sentence for using a piece of board to beat her two-year-old daughter to death because the child defecated on herself has been freed of murder.Dingwall Green was acquitted in the...

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

A Supreme Court judge has ordered the immediate and unconditional release of a man who has spent more than two decades in prison after he was convicted for fatally stabbing another man during a robbery.Elvis Thomas, who was 17 years old when he...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Clarendon woman who used a piece of board to beat her two-year-old daughter to death because the child defecated on herself will likely spend no time in prison.Delreta Smith, 53, was sentenced last Friday to three years in prison, but Justice...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Police Federation is backing a constable who claimed that he was assigned to cell duty by a senior officer who discarded a traffic ticket that the policeman had issued to a motorist. The federation, which represents police personnel from the...

Published:Wednesday | June 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

A senior police officer in western Jamaica is under fire for allegedly dumping a traffic ticket issued to a motorist by a constable, then reprimanding the young cop in the presence of the civilian.According to the constable, the incident happened...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

A ruling by the nation's second highest court has placed in limbo some 40 cases involving close to $150 million in cash that has been seized by the Financial Investigations Division (FID) under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).The Court of Appeal,...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Police investigators believe that an altercation over a botched paint job was what led to the deadly attack on an elderly returning resident in St Mary last month.The St Mary police have now arrested and charged two men who they believe stabbed...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Police investigators believe that they have "significantly disrupted" the murderous rampage of the Dexter Street gang following the arrest of 17 members of the Westmoreland-based network.According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, the...

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Police investigators received information that contradicted claims made by the woman who has accused popular entertainer Capleton of rape, but failed to act on it, the attorney for the internationally renowned recording artiste has charged.That...

Published:Monday | May 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Between January last year and the first quarter of this year, Supreme Court judges handed down their decision in 27 per cent of the cases in which they reserved judgment, figures obtained by The Gleaner have revealed.Over the 15-month period, the...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Incarcerated businessman Huey Gowdie has failed in his bid to have Jamaica's second-highest court throw out his conviction and 10-year prison sentence for shooting well-known businessman Shango Jackson to death in the upscale St Andrew community of...

Published:Friday | May 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The nation's top prosecutor has raised concerns that there is no "expressed provision" in the anti-gang legislation that allows law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant for accountants and other "silent partners" who are helping...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has described as "very unfortunate" a legal move by the William Mahfood-led Wisynco Group Limited to block the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) from repeating information it posted on social media aimed at...

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