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Commish says domestic disputes driving 18 per cent increase in murder tally

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 6:05 PM
These women were caught in a fight along West Street in downtown Kingston today. The police say its domestic issues like these that sometimes result in fatality.

Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, says increases in domestic disputes that turn deadly are among the main reasons for the 18 per cent spike in murders this year.

Last year, the police recorded 1,005 murders, a 16 per cent decline when compared to the 1,197 persons who were reportedly killed in 2013.

However, up to Monday, police statistics showed that 428 persons have been killed since the start of the year - an 18 per cent increase when compared with the 363 murders recorded for the corresponding period last year.

This comes at a time when shootings are down 17 per cent; rapes, down 30 per cent; break-ins down 24 per cent and robberies down one per cent.

But, speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this afternoon the police commissioner said one of the problems facing the police is the significant increase in domestic disputes that in end fatality.


Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams

The police commissioner said criminal gangs were responsible for 50 per cent of the murders recorded this year, but noted that this is down from 67 percent last year.

He said the Jamaica Constabulary Force has already put in place measures to deal with the problem.

Williams said these measures include increased deployment of police personnel in crime hotspots; renewed focus on persons wanted for serious crimes and more robust vehicular checkpoints across the island.