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Published:Thursday | October 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A probe ordered by the nation's chief prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn, has found that a St Catherine man used a fraudulently obtained land title to secure bail for a man who was convicted ofmurder in absentia after he absconded midway his trial, law...

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

SEVENTEEN persons today pleaded guilty to murder and sex-related offences in the St Catherine Circuit Court during the third staging of Sentence-Reduction Day.The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said that four persons pleaded...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Forty persons yesterday pleaded guilty to murder and other violent crimes, triggering a call for the judiciary to expand its Sentence-Reduction Day initiative to all criminal courts islandwide.According to the Office of the Director of Public...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:40 PMLivern Barrett

Phillip Brown, the man who beat his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death inside her Crystal Towers apartment in St Andrew last December, has pleaded guilty to...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 11:23 AMLivern Barrett

Lorna Williamson, the woman accused of stealing a newborn baby at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) last December, has pleaded...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 2:25 PMLivern Barrett

A High Court judge today ordered that the murder trial of popular entertainer Ninja Man commence immediately. The order by Justice Martin Gayle followed an application by the entertainer’s attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson for a stay of proceedings in the eight-year-old case for abuse of process... 

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck yesterday launched a blistering attack on retired parliamentarians former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Dr Omar Davies, describing the St Andrew constituencies they represented for decades as "two of the...

Published:Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 5:19 PMLivern Barrett

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Two million dollars. That's the amount a High Court judge has ordered businessman Patrick Powell to pay the family of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais arising from a wrongful-death lawsuit.The award by Justice Stephanie Jackson Haisley...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 6:53 PMLivern Barrett

Three men, including a Haitian, are now in police custody following the seizure of over 1,600 pounds of ganja, valued at $6.5 million in Hellshire, St Catherine, yesterday. According to law enforcement sources, the ganja was found by detectives...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 1:20 PMLivern Barrett

The long-delayed trial of Michael McLean, the man who allegedly killed six members of a St Thomas family, including four children, more than 11 years ago, has again been pushed back amid concerns about his health. The trial was scheduled to...

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A police constable yesterday recounted the terrifying two years he spent locked up with hardened criminals after he was convicted of killing a wanted man, but said he holds no grudge and just wants his job back.Glenroy McDermott was convicted in...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 2:48 PMLivern Barrett

A police constable walked out of the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston a free man this morning, 15 years after he was convicted for the fatal shooting of a wanted man during an operation. Constable Glenroy McDermott was facing a retrial for...

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A High Court judge yesterday suggested that Yanika Scott, the former household helper to university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel, was the "brains" behind his murder.It came as Justice Evon Brown dressed down Scott, 32, and her boyfriend, Kelvin Downer,...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett

A High Court judge yesterday barred a defence attorney from backing out of a murder case that has been set for trial 17 times and mentioned another 33 times in the last seven years. According to court records, Elvis McPherson’s murder trial...

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:02 PMLivern Barrett

The trial of three soldiers accused of killing businessman Keith Clarke at his upper St Andrew home has been pushed back to next year. This is the latest delay in a case that has been before the court since 2012 when the three soldiers, Lance...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett

The nation’s top prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn, has directed that a thorough investigation be conducted after a man admitted yesterday that he used the same land title to secure bail for persons accused of gun crimes, some of whom were not...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla yesterday suggested that some of the measures being put in place to clear the backlog of cases in the circuit courts are being undermined by inadequate staffing.Her concerns came on the same day chief prosecutor Paula...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:27 PMLivern Barrett

The country's chief prosecutor Paula Llewellyn this morning expressed her frustration over the delays by the Ministry of Finance to honour its commitment to provide her office with additional staff. The comment came as the number of cases down...

Published:Saturday | September 2, 2017 | 12:25 PMLivern Barrett

Finance Minister Audley Shaw says he plans to propose a policy that will encourage self-financing public bodies to create scholarship funds for students. Shaw says this would be a great addition to the educational plant in Jamaica. He was speaking...

Published:Friday | September 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A 2017 Mercedes Benz luxury car, which was purchased by the Government at a cost of $9 million, has been parked at the central Kingston offices of the Ministry of Finance gathering dust, a whistle-blower has revealed.The finance ministry confirmed...

Published:Wednesday | August 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

One hundred and fourteen persons were murdered across Jamaica over a 20-day period that ended on Saturday. That is according to the latest statistics compiled by the police, and equates to an average of five murders per day between August 5 and the...

Published:Tuesday | August 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

From his home in St James, controversial Jamaican Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal has been busy leading a global recruitment effort that "encouraged individuals to carry out acts of terrorism in the name of the Islamic State" (ISIS) terror...

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