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Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A resident of Tivoli Gardens this morning revealed that a witness statement she signed in 2011 that has been tendered before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry contains claims she did not make. This disclosure by Lilieth James came after a...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

TIVOLI GARDENS resident Jane McFarlane has revealed that two of her children remain traumatised by their ordeal during the May 2010 police-military operations in their west Kingston community.McFarlane, who was testifying before the West Kingston...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A resident of Tivoli Gardens yesterday gave gripping testimony about how her two sons died inside her blood-soaked apartment two days after the launch of the May 2010 police-military operations in her west Kingston community.Jane McFarlane told the...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons says he finds it very disconcerting that sensitive matters that were discussed during a lengthy private session yesterday "purports" to have been released to the public...

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Three Jamaica Defence Force soldiers, who have reportedly come forward with explosive allegations that they saw police personnel kill unarmed civilians in Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operations, will be allowed to tell their story before the...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A resident of Tivoli Gardens yesterday recounted how a "bomb" rocked her home on the first day of the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community, causing her to gather her family, including a six-month-old infant, and seek...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Just under 500 murders have been recorded across rural parishes this year, surpassing the figure reported for the metropolitan areas.According to the latest Periodic Serious and Violent Crime Review released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF),...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Another resident of Tivoli Gardens has recounted how the sounds of "bombs" left her family, including a six-month-old child, terrified during the May 2010 police-military operations in her west Kingston community. Joan Haughton Allison...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is next week expected to hear what law enforcement sources are describing as explosive testimony about the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens. This after fresh evidence...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Marjorie Hinds fought to hold back the tears as she recounted yesterday how a "bomb" struck her during the police-military operations in her west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens five years ago and left her hospitalised in a "vegetative" state."...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A resident of Tivoli Gardens today provided the west Kingston commission of enquiry with photographs of an explosive device he claimed was found in a neighbour's yard a month after the police-military operations in his community. Romaine Walker...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2015 | 1:16 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry resumed today with further testimony from residents highlighting the alleged destruction of property by members of the security forces. One of the witnesses, Sandra Shaw, claimed that a soldier who occupied...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A police Inspector is now battling for life in hospital with a stab wound to the neck. His identity is being withheld, but law enforcement sources say he is attached to the Kingston West Division. According to one source, the knife was lodged in...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

JAMAICA has recorded just under 800 murders in almost eight months.Figures obtained by The Gleaner show that 775 persons were reported killed up to Monday, a 20 per cent increase when compared with the 643 murders reported over the corresponding...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A HIGH Court judge has taken issue with the process used by Jamaican law-enforcement authorities to restrain properties believed to be the proceeds of criminal activities, warning that it could leave an innocent person in financial ruin and without...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A police constable who is alleged to have shot and killed his girlfriend at her St Andrew home early this morning is now battling for life in hospital after an apparent suicide attempt. His identity is being withheld, but sources say he is a...

Published:Saturday | August 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

There could be more flight cancellations tonight because Jamaica's airspace is to be closed at 9 o'clock as air traffic controllers continue to call in sick in an apparent protest over wage issues and the failure of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) to address a number of problems they...

Published:Saturday | August 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

There is tension in Montego Bay, St James following reports of heavy and sustained gunfire across several communities last night. Two people were killed in the shootings. Their identities have not been ascertained, but The Gleaner-Power106...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaican authorities are now holding on to nearly $150 million in assets and other properties linked to drug kingpin Norris Nembhard through court-ordered restraint, but the man who has just completed a nine-year prison sentence in the United States...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Amid much speculation about his political future, there are signs that Damion Crawford will be seeking to retain his St Andrew East Rural constituency in the next general election.The clearest indication came on Tuesday when Crawford took Minister...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The government has announced that it is looking to build a new maximum-security facility in the next three to five years that could cost as much as $10 billion. National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the proposed facility would accommodate...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Michael Passley was only 18 months old when, in July 2006, he was taken to the State-run Morant Bay Health Centre in St Thomas to be treated for a skin rash.He was given a penicillin injection and, three months later, according to a civil suit filed...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Nearly half the cases of suspected criminal conduct by police personnel that were reviewed by the nation's chief prosecutor between April and June this year came back with a recommendation that no charges be laid.According to statistics released...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

There is word this afternoon that another accused person is now in hospital in critical condition after a brutal beating at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in St Andrew. Attorney-at-law Hugh Thompson says his client Carey Rose has informed him that...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 12:23 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The police have now confirmed that a criminal gang based in west Kingston has ordered the deaths of four police personnel as revenge for the killing of its leader. Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Criminal Investigation Branch,...

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