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Gangs recruiting children under 12, says senior cop

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 1:07 PM
Criminals are recruiting children below age 12 to commit crimes because they cannot be held legally responsible for their wrongdoings.

A senior policeman has stated that criminals are recruiting children below age 12 to commit crimes because they cannot be held legally responsible for their wrongdoings.

Head of the St Catherine North Division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, made the disclosure while speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106FM this morning.

SSP Nesbeth says the police are moving to address the issue.

 

Head of the St. Catherine North Division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth.

SSP Nesbeth says the police have been working with youth in the division to curb antisocial behaviours.

He says a behavioural camp held this summer helped in transforming the 146 students who participated.

So far this year, there have been 108 murders in the St Catherine North Division compared to 111 during the similar period in 2014.

The St James division has recorded the highest number of murders so far this year with 178, followed by Clarendon and St Catherine North, which have both had 108 homicides.

Westmoreland has recorded the highest jump in murders moving from 36 homicides up to this time in 2014 to 84 so far this year.