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Police: No open court trials for cross-dressing gully-dwellers

Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 8:53 AM
A man retrieves his clothes on the Shoemaker Gully bank in New Kingston during a police operation on August 22. - Photos by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

The police say going forward, they will not try cases involving cross-dressing men who occupy the Shoemaker Gully in St Andrew, in open court.



Head of the New Kingston Police, Superintendent Christopher Murdock, made the declaration on Friday following a fracas involving the men and bystanders.



The incident, which left two policemen including the superintendent injured, took place as the police carried out an operation to apprehend two accused juvenile robbers from the Gully.



The police have disclosed that numerous occupiers of the gully are perpetrators of robberies and other crimes.



Superintendent Murdock says victims are not interested in going to court.



However, he says in instances where the cases do proceed, the public would be barred from the hearings given their sensitive nature.



In Friday’s incident, it’s alleged that the two juveniles stole $100,000 and a tablet computer from a relative before seeking refuge in the gully.



None of the items were recovered.



However, the police say they held a 14-year-old juvenile who has since been handed over to the Child Development Agency.



The search is on for the second one.



Six cross-dressing men believed to be responsible for a number of robberies in New Kingston were also apprehended on Friday.



Superintendent Murdock says the police will return to the area soon, with equipment to dismantle sturdily-built structures that have been created on the bank of the gully by the cross-dressing men.



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