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Reported murders for 2015 close in on 800 mark

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2015 | 8:45 AM

Nearly 800 persons have been murdered since the start of the year.

The latest statistics from the police, which were obtained by The Gleaner, show that 775 persons were reported killed up to Monday.

This represents a 20-per cent increase when compared with the 643 murders reported over the corresponding period last year.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force recorded 1,005 murders last year and did not record the 700th murder until mid-September. 

Last year's figures represented a 16 per cent decline when compared with the 1,197 recorded in 2013.

The figures are also showing that 12 of the 19 police divisions across the island have reported increases in murders.

Notably, murders in St. James have jumped by 60 per cent while Clarendon has seen a 42 per cent increase in murders.

Both parishes have seen a wave of killings in recent weeks.

According to the data, 139 persons were reported killed in St James, compared with 87 over the corresponding period last year.

Eighty-one persons were reported killed in Clarendon, compared to 57 for the similar period
last year.