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Montague wants all gun murders classified as capital murder

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 7:37 PM
The newly built ministry of justice building on Constanct Spring Road in Kingston.

The National Security Minister, Robert Montague, says he is seeking to have all gun murders classified as capital murder.

With the rise of gun crimes especially in Western Jamaica, the government has been making amendments to get a reduction in the murder rate.

The security minister says with better application of the plea bargaining law, penalties may be reduced or eliminated if credible information is given to retrieve a gun or to disrupt the trade.

 

National Security Minister Robert Montague

He says his ministry will be strengthening the investigative abilities of the force by increasing training and making them more mobile.

This he says is to be done to help the police in reach their target of a 60 per cent clear-up rate for murders.