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Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

12-y-o boy killed in Payne Land


The Hunts Bay police are appealing for information as they probe the killing of a 12-year-old boy and the injury of three other persons on Payne Avenue, Kingston 11, yesterday.

The police have identified the dead boy as Duyon DaCosta.

He was among a group of persons standing along a roadway in the Payne Land community about 7:45 p.m. when a gunman on foot opened fire at the group.

Four persons - the 12-year-old, a man and two women - were hit. They were all assisted to hospital, where the young boy died while being treated. The others were hospitalised.

The Hunts Bay criminal investigations office can be contacted at 876-923-7111, or persons may ring Crime Stop at 311.


Dolphin Cove fight not over, says group


Despite a ruling by the Supreme Court against its effort to bar the construction of a dolphinarium in Discovery Bay, St Ann, the Discovery Bay Community Development Council (CDC) says the fight will go on.

Last Friday, the Supreme Court refused to grant leave to the CDC for a judicial review of the licences granted to the operators of Dolphin Cove by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA).

But in a release, CDC President Lee Arbouin said although disappointed by the ruling, the group had not given up.

“The court ruling denying our application for a judicial review to stop Dolphin Cove from operating in Discovery Bay is very disappointing, but we are not deterred from our fight,” the release stated.

Arbouin described their effort as “a fight that is based on morality, a fight that is based on preserving our Jamaican environment against greed and myopia”.

“As Jamaicans, we all know that the court deals with legalities, but what is legal is not necessarily morally right! The fight will continue for a Jamaica we can [be] proud to leave to our future generations.”


Teenager held with firearm in Portmore


A teenager is facing charges under the Firearms Act following his arrest in connection with the seizure of a firearm and several rounds of ammunition in Beverly Flats, Newland, in Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday.

The Portmore police reported that about 9:45 p.m., teenager was seen sitting on a bench. He reportedly ran when approached, but was was pursued and caught.

He was searched and a .357 Magnum revolver containing six .38 rounds of ammunition was taken from his waistband. He was subsequently arrested.



Hondurans held in ammo seizure


The Santa Cruz police on Friday arrested two Honduran men who are suspected of entering the country illegally on Lovers Lane in the St Elizabeth town.

The men, whose identities have not been released, were arrested in connection with the seizure of three rounds of ammunition.

Reports are that between 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., a guest house where the two were staying was searched and three .38 rounds of ammunition were found in a black pouch in one of the rooms occupied by them.

They were subsequently arrested.

Investigators believe the men illegally entered Jamaica by boat.