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Published:Saturday | October 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A report by the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has concluded that the eight premature babies who died in separate infectious incidents at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in June last year were the "unfortunate victims of an...

Published:Friday | October 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A High Court judge on Wednesday responded to reports from a top criminal defence attorney that persons have used the so-called X-6 murder case to suggest that the nation's judicial system is corrupt, calling them disturbing.Justice Lloyd Hibbert...

Published:Wednesday | October 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Weak management within the ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) resulted in losses and waste calculated at $1 billion in the last three years, two internal reviews have revealed.Professor Anthony Clayton, who was part of both review teams,...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Perdie Newman sat in the Home Circuit Court yesterday and watched as a judge handed her daughter's killer, businessman Steven Causwell, a life sentence.Afterwards, she unloaded on the 40-year-old father of two daughters, describing him as arrogant,...

Published:Saturday | October 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A lengthy prison sentence would devastate convicted businessman Steven Causwell, noted psychologist Dr Barrington Davidson has suggested.Davidson indicated that he had first-hand knowledge of the conditions in the nation'sprisons and declared that...

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

AN ARSENAL of close to 100 brand-new high-powered firearms and hundreds of assorted ammunition were confiscated by the police in Haiti just over a week ago, and Jamaican law-enforcement authorities have indicated that several of them were destined...

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett

Residents of Mount Salem, the thriving yet violent community located in the Greater Montego Bay area, have started to bury loved ones killed in the latest crime wave sweeping across St James. Amid the funerals, however, came a very sobering warning...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The head of the police operations in western Jamaica has expressed concern that vicious thugs inSt James are targeting their rivals in the streets of the resort town to send a message to potential witnesses.That assertion by Assistant Commissioner...

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica is on the verge of recording 900 murders since the start of the year, with just over three months still remaining.Police data obtained by The Gleaner show that up to yesterday, 893 persons were reported murdered across the 19 police...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller yesterday revealed that he trusted former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, but now feels he was betrayed by the former top cop.Miller's revelation came as he opened up about his decision to act as an intermediary...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

When the Home Circuit Court began the Easter term at the end of March this year, there was a total of 548 cases listed for trial. That number swelled to 578 after 30 new cases were added during the term, compounding the backlog that has spanned...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A High court judge has issued an order freezing approximately $220 million in cash, property and other assets traced by law-enforcement authorities to Sanja Elliott, the official charged in connection with the multimillion-dollar fraud uncovered at...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:48 AMLivern Barrett

Imani Prendergast was just 10 years old when she got the news eight years ago that her mother, Nadia Mitchell, was brutally slain at the Oaklands Apartment complex in St Andrew.Yesterday, the teen sat inside the Home Circuit Court in downtown...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The prosecution yesterday painted businessman Stephen Causewell as a scorned, obsessive and controlling lover and likened the allegations against him to a case of fatal attraction.Lead prosecutor Paula Llewellyn, in seeking to convince a seven-...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has stepped into the People's National Party (PNP) campaign-financing scandal, ordering the party's general secretary, Paul Burke, and former transport and works minister, Dr Omar Davies, to answer...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Business mogul Joseph M. Matalon has declared that he would be "very disturbed" if it is proven that the millions of dollars his company donated to the People's National Party's (PNP) election campaign was misused.Matalon, who is the chairman of the...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Sharon Smith was on one of her usually short visits to Jamaica in December 2011 when she was bombarded with disturbing complaints about her then teenage son.Residents in the volatile Taylor Land, Bull Bay, St Andrew, community where the family lives...

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Former National Security Minister Peter Bunting has revealed that shortly after taking office in January 2012, he tried to salvage a police investigation that targeted a Jamaican official.The probe was being led by Les Green, then assistant...

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The State agency handling the liquidation of Cash Plus is warning members of the public about a scam that seeks to take advantage of vulnerable investors who lost billions of dollars when the unregulated investment scheme collapsed eight years ago....

Published:Wednesday | August 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica's chief prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn, has charged that former Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green was "less than fulsome" when he told an American newspaper that her office issued a ruling in 2004 that the Jamaican police had...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Two high-ranking members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been stripped of all operational responsibilities as a result of scathing criticisms from the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry about their conduct during the May 2010 police-...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The State agency handling the liquidation of Cash Plus Limited, the unregulated investment scheme that went bankrupt nearly eight years ago, is in the process of paying out just under $50 million, but investors who lost billions of dollars will...

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness has summoned road safety stakeholders to an emergency meeting this week as the carnage on the nation's roadways continued yesterday with another major motor vehicle crash that claimed multiple lives.The early morning...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A police corporal yesterday declined to disclose who gave the authority for American law-enforcement personnel to join their Jamaican counterparts during an operation in St James earlier this year to arrest two of the eight Jamaicans wanted in the...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A prosecutor yesterday outlined how two officials at the Manchester Parish Council allegedly used Whatsapp, the Internet-based messaging platform, to orchestrate a fraudulent scheme that has defrauded the Government of $95 million and counting.The...

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