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Stories by Livern Barrett

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A total of 1,251 persons were arrested and charged with murder since January last year, but Police Commissioner George Quallo has raised concerns that the majority of them may not see the inside of a prison cell because of the snail's pace at which...

Published:Tuesday | June 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The tearful widow of former University of the West Indies lecturer, Dr Peter Vogel, testified yesterday that two days before his death, she told the family housekeeper accused of killing him that she was going to be fired....

Published:Monday | June 12, 2017 | 5:28 PMLivern Barrett

The trial of the couple charged with the murder of former University of the West Indies, Mona, lecturer, Dr Peter Vogel, got underway in the Home Circuit Court today, almost ten years after his death. Yanika Scott, who was Vogel's helper at the...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Two weeks after former Cash Plus boss Carlos Hill was freed of fraud charges, the state agency handling the liquidation of his failed unregulated investment scheme has signalled that depositors should not expect a full refund anytime soon.The Office...

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The agriculture ministry on Monday confirmed that it has not suspended the operations of a multimillion-dollar hay production project financed by taxpayers, despite a damning audit that found that lax oversight had resulted in millions of dollars in...

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A 65-year-old Jamaican woman residing in the United States (US) who was getting ready to return to her homeland with her sick husband has lost her entire life savings of US$28,000, or approximately J$3.6 million, to a pair of con artists, the New...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The People's National Party (PNP) is in the process of crafting a sexual harassment policy, but top party officials are split on what has triggered the move.PNP insiders who attended yesterday's private session of the party's Region Three executive...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Whether the police were in breach of Jamaica Constabulary Force regulations in St Ann yesterday when a man who they were in the process of searching was pounced upon and allegedly stabbed to death by a woman is being investigated. It happened after...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Locksley Comrie, a former Jamaican football administrator, was furious yesterday as he watched Carlos Hill, founder of the Cash Plus scheme in which he had invested US$10 million, walk out of the Home Circuit Court a free man. "I invested ten million...

Published:Wednesday | May 24, 2017 | 4:54 PMLivern Barrett

A woman is now in police custody on accusations of stabbing a man to death while he was being searched by police personnel in St Ann this morning. The dead man has not yet been identified and the name of his alleged killer is being withheld. The...

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Accused persons in the nearly 700 criminal cases that are before the Home Circuit Court yesterday turned their backs on an initiative implemented by court administrators that guaranteed significantly discounted sentences in exchange for pleading...

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The financial mismanage-ment and lax oversight uncovered in the Government's $20-million hay production project resulted in lost revenues totalling millions of dollars, a damning audit report has found.The Hay Commercialisation Project designed and...

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

An audit by the Ministry of Agriculture has revealed that the Hay Commercialisation Project failed to deliver on any of its objectives outlined in the project document.According to the findings, the production levels have been significantly low and...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A multimillion-dollar project touted by the Ministry of Agriculture as the future model for hay production in Jamaica has descended into a train wreck of financial mismanagement, according to the findings of a damning audit report.The audit of the...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The first attempt by Jamaican authorities to prosecute a citizen under a controversial amendment to the Cyber Crimes Act, which criminalises the use of a computer for malicious communication, collapsed yesterday before a trial date was set,...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has been moved to a low-security prison with "no bars, towers, or locks" to complete his 23-year prison sentence in the United States (US).The US Bureau of Prisons confirmed yesterday that Coke had been...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A judge in the United States (US) has ordered that seven of the eight Jamaicans who were extradited last week for their alleged role in a lottery scam scheme that raked in more than US$5.6 million should remain in custody until their trial.The order...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A number of Jamaican attorneys who United States (US) authorities believe are helping lottery scammers hide their ill-gotten gains could be swept up in the wave of extradition requests that American prosecutors are preparing to unleash on the...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

PROSECUTORS in several cities across the United States (US) are getting ready to unleash a wave of up to 500 extradition requests for Jamaicans they believe are involved in the deadly lottery scam.Joshua Polacheck, counsellor for public affairs at...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 8:22 AMLivern Barrett

UNITED STATES (US) Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno today delivered an ominous warning to Jamaicans who are involved in the lottery scam. Moreno revealed that a special taskforce established by US authorities to crack down on the advance fee or...

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A 14-year-old student yesterday recounted how he was shot three times during an altercation outside Calabar High School in St Andrew on Wednesday. He insisted that the shots were fired by a member of the police force.Damar Tennant, who attends...

Published:Friday | April 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A two-year-old boy and his seven-year-old sibling narrowly escaped death yesterday after the vehicle in which they were being transported by their father was sprayed with bullets along Mountain View Avenue in St Andrew. According to the police,...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Prosecutors yesterday detailed how a St Catherine man hired well-known attorney-at-law Patrick Bailey to handle a land transaction and joint venture housing project but ended up, several years later, without his 22-acre property and having to pay...

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett

Amid wide public support for incoming Police Commissioner George Quallo, there is a suggestion from a former high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that his first order of business must be tackling the country’s high...

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Hilary term of the Home Circuit Court opened in January with a total of 626 cases listed for trial. However, when the term ended last Friday, after 88 days of sittings, only 83 of those cases, or 12 per cent, were disposed of, figures compiled...

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