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Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica's anti-gang legislation can be an "extremely effective tool" todismantle some of the country's most feared crime syndicates, a team of senior United States law-enforcement personnel has suggested.But having used similar legislation to take...

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica's judicial system is now weeks away from having at its disposal a remote video-link system that will allow vulnerable victims and witnesses in highly sensitive cases to give their evidence from a location other than a courtroom.Director of...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FOUR YEARS ago, the education ministry signalled that it was taking steps to close Padmore Primary, a school in the hills of St Andrew.Principal Keisha Hayles said when she went to the 75-year-old institution in 2011 to oversee the closure, only 38...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A day after she was again listed as a person-of-interest by the Kingston Western Police, Deborah Golding, a longtime associate of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, lashed out at the police, complaining that their actions amount to harassment....

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

LEROY JONES has to wait for someone to help him out of bed every morning.The 66-year-old who, according to the court, is 85 per cent disabled is then tidied, assisted into his wheelchair along with his catheter, before he is wheeled to the verandah...

Published:Friday | June 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FORTY-ONE POLICE personnel from the Mobile Reserve Division fired nearly 1,300 rounds of ammunition around the time of the May 2010 operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens.That's according to a registry of the firearms and...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The man who commanded police personnel on the ground during the May 2010 Tivoli Gardens operations has said he saw no weaknesses in how it was conducted and that he was not aware of the atrocities reported by residents.Assistant Commissioner of...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 1:25 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake today revealed that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) found no evidence to confirm a report that drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was seen at the private residence of then Information...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has testified that it would have been a massacre of police personnel had they gone into drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke's Tivoli Gardens stronghold to arrest him without assistance...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 11:44 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The senior police officer charged with crafting the tactical plan for the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens says going after the more than 300 heavily-armed gunmen who were assembling in the west Kingston community would divert attention from...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The briefing given to a contingent of police personnel in the hours before they were deployed to the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens in search of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke came under much scrutiny yesterday.The West Kingston...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 2:41 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Rose says the destruction of houses in Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 incursion is not an indication that the operations was an "abject failure". Rose was testifying during cross-examination today...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Despite a medical report that details the condition of a Tivoli Gardens resident while he was being held at one of two detention centres established during the 2010 police-military operations in his west Kingston community, the police officer who...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

IN THE aftermath of the 2010 police-military operations in west Kingston, an assessment conducted by the Ministry of Labour found $71.8 million in damage to houses, furniture and other personal properties.A statement submitted to the West Kingston...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 3:55 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington was in a vehicle that encountered heavy gunfire in west Kingston in the days leading up the 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens, a high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 10:58 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning heard evidence that 94 houses were destroyed during the 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens. Chairman of the three-member commission, Sir David Simmons, says a statement provided by...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Jamaican society has failed the residents of Tivoli Gardens in west Kingston.That was the sobering admission yesterday by Deputy Com-missioner of Police Glenmore Hinds as he testified before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.Five years...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:05 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The former head of operations for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has revealed that he did not request a report about the number of bullets discharged by members of the JCF during the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett

A high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has revealed that as members of the security forces took up positions in a section of the Coronation Market moments before their incursion into the west Kingston community of Tivoli...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 5:41 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A high-ranking policeman today admitted at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry that local law enforcement authorities had contemplated what is described as a soft detention of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke in August 2009. Deputy...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 11:23 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has heard evidence that Jamaican law enforcement authorities explored the possibility of taking drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke into custody outside of his Tivoli Gardens stronghold. Deputy...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 10:56 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has indicated that some of the country's top entertainers were coerced by drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to perform free of cost at a reggae show he organised for...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A St Andrew woman who was sent crashing to the floor of a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus that was negotiating a corner has been awarded just over $3 million in damages for her injuries.Janet Stewart-Earle suffered injuries to her hip,...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A WEST Kingston woman has been awarded close to $50 million in damages almost 14 years after a bullet, believed to have been fired by a member of the security forces, left her blind in both eyes during the 2001 police-military operation in her...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

An 18 per cent jump in murders four months into the year has wiped out the gains made last year, but the country's police chief is insisting that it's not time to panic."If it is happening over a much longer term, then we really have a problem. But...

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