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Jamaica issues first sentence under anti-gang legislation

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2017 | 5:47 PM

Jamaica has issued it's first prison sentence under the 2014 anti-gang legislation that was passed to stem crime and violence perpetrated by gangs.

Jordan Markland, who is a member of the Klansman gang in Spanish Town, St Catherine was today sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for offences under the act.

However, he will get credit for the more the one year and seven months he has already been imprisoned.

Markland has been in custody since he was held last July by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch.

Several other members of the Klansman gang who were captured with Markland were also charged under the anti-gang legislation.

They are Sheldon Walters, otherwise called Terminate; Marlon Tulloch, otherwise called Gappy; Horace Swaby; and Jason McLean, otherwise Daeda.

Some members of the rival One Order Gang were also charged.

They are Aston Daley, otherwise called Daley Bwoy; Kemar Thompson, otherwise called Spider Man; Jahnoi Laing, otherwise called Rhin; and Nigel Laxbour, otherwise called Tineyo. 

The anti-gang legislation seeks to stem criminal activities such as murder, extortion, robbery and other acts of violence committed by gang members.