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Calls made for special court to deal with lottery scamming

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 4:07 AM
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell (left) and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Maxine Jackson speaking at a special Gleaner forum on crime on Wednesday evening.

Frustrated with lottery scammers not being punished swiftly, a senior cop is calling for a special court to deal with such cases.

Speaking at a special Gleaner forum on crime last evening, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, noted that the court system is currently clogged with cases.

He says hundreds of these relate to lottery scamming.

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He says the clogged courts means that the justice system is not supporting the work of the police in nabbing alleged perpetrators.

 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Maxine Jackson, says she agrees there needs to be a special court for lottery scam.

However, she says there’s a need for other specialised courts as well.

 

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Maxine Jackson

Meanwhile, Anthropologist, Dr Herbert Gayle, says the problem is wider than lottery scamming and if these issues are not addressed, even if lottery scamming is eradicated another illicit activity will take its place.

 

Anthropologist, Dr Herbert Gayle

Lottery scamming has been pinpointed by the police as one of the main drivers of violent crime in western Jamaica and particularly in Montego bay, St James.