Cop to be tried for killing ex-girlfriend 10 years ago
A jury was selected yesterday afternoon to try the murder case of 42-year-old police Constable Lescene Edwards, which has been on the Home Circuit Court list for eight years.
Edwards is charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, 23-year-old Aldonna Harris, whose body was found at her home in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew, in September 2003. The body had a gunshot wound to the head.
A suicide note was found inside her room, but the Crown is alleging that Harris did not write the note.
Harris had reportedly broken off a relationship with Edwards, her children's father, and got married five weeks prior to her death.
Attorneys-at-law Valerie Neita Robertson and Deborah Martin are representing Edwards, who is on bail.
Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith is presiding over the trial.
Public invited to minimum wage consultations in Portland today
The Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (MWAC) will be at the Hotel Tim Bamboo in Portland today as part of a series of islandwide consultations on the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for security guards.
The activities will start at 10 a.m., and members of the public and interested organisations are invited to put forward comments, suggestions, or proposals for consideration.
The MWAC is mandated to review minimum wage rates annually. The national minimum wage was last increased in September 2012, moving from $4,500 to $5,000 per 40-hour workweek. The minimum wage for security guards was also increased from $6,655 to $7,320.50 per 40-hour workweek.
Principal appeals for calm as students, parents protest teachers' dismissals
Classes at the Fair Prospect High School in Portland were disrupted yesterday after irate parents and students locked the main gate leading to the school as they protested the dismissal of two teachers.
The teachers were reportedly fired by the school board last Wednesday for fighting. The incident was witnessed by a group of staff members.
Commenting on the protest, principal Godfrey Flemmings, said: "It is unfortunate to see parents behaving in this manner.
"They need to understand that the school has its set of rules and policies, and once that is breached, then the necessary disciplinary action has to be taken, and that's what the board did. I am appealing for calm, as the students are the ones who will suffer in the long run," Flemmings said.
INDECOM sees increase in deaths at hands of security forces
Some 172 persons have been killed by members of the security forces since the start of the year, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has said.
In a media release issued yesterday, INDECOM said 158 persons were killed by the security forces at the end of September last year.
The latest police statistics indicate that there were 163 fatal shootings by the police as of Saturday.
INDECOM, which is headed by Terrence Williams, was set up to investigate abuses by members of the security forces.
Its latest case under investigation involves Kemar Brown, who was killed yesterday along Victoria Street in Kingston.
It is being alleged by the police that Brown was shot after he opened fire on officers who were in the process of searching a house on Victoria Street. The police also reported that a 9mm pistol was recovered.