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Published:Friday | September 23, 2022 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Nearly a year ago, Rushane Barnett and his brother were unemployed and in a financial bind when they telephoned their aunt, Gwendolyn McKnight, for help. The brothers wanted to move to Clarendon, where McKnight and her family lived, to find jobs...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2022 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An “organised” band of criminals who stole nearly $50 million from an account at JMMB gained access to sensitive personal data through a cyber scheme, law-enforcement authorities have charged. “We can confirm that there is an act of fraud that is...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2022 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A Jamaican lecturer has been linked by scientific evidence to sexual and other criminal offences in the United States (US), according to American authorities who have requested his extradition. Russell McLean, a behavioural and social sciences...

Published:Monday | March 28, 2022 | 12:06 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Corporal Conrad Martin was inside his office at the May Pen Police Station when another cop alerted him to a young man who wanted to talk with a counsellor. Martin, a peer counsellor assigned to the Clarendon Police Division, is one of the ‘prayer...

Published:Friday | March 11, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Some things are “more clearer” for authorities in the Netherlands who are investigating the controversial $31-million payment by Trafigura Beheer to the People’s National Party (PNP) in 2006, a Dutch prosecutor has revealed. Ronald Steen, a...

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The People’s National Party (PNP) bank account into which the bulk of a controversial $31-million payment from the Dutch firm Trafigura Beheer was lodged in 2006 was opened a day after the first tranche of the funds was wired to another Jamaican...

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2022 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell has denied supplying an invoice to former top executives of the Dutch firm Trafigura Beheer related to a controversial $31-million payment made to the People’s National Party (PNP) around the time they were in...

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2022 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Businessman Norton Hinds helped to set up the political fundraising entity that was used to funnel a controversial $31-million donation to the People’s National Party (PNP), but knew very little about its operations, according to his evidence. The...

Published:Tuesday | March 1, 2022 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A teenage killer has described for police investigators how he fired a bullet into the body of a former associate in a brazen daylight double-murder, then blamed his action on pressure from other members of their gang. Eighteen-year-old Michael...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

While he was in Jamaica, Colombian fugitive Mario Antonio Palacios voluntarily gave statements to United States (US) law-enforcement authorities about his involvement in the plot to assassinate former Haitian President Jovenel Moϊse, a senior...

Published:Tuesday | December 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A Jamaican man has been convicted in the United States (US) for leading a drug syndicate that operated in several American cities. Oneil Wilks, 42, was also found guilty of money laundering and identity fraud by a federal jury in Connecticut after...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2021 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The lottery and other spin-off scams continue to be a lucrative feeding tree for Jamaica’s underworld, with criminal actors forging wider alliances with multiple gangs to expand their empire, a senior police official has disclosed. And the police...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The former gangster who pleaded guilty on Wednesday for his role in 11 murders was the man who ensured that contract killings ordered by the leaders of the Clarendon-based Bloods Gang were carried out. Travis Gilman’s roles included hiring hitmen,...

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jermaine Chamberlain was charged by the police on September 21 last year for using an illegal gun to rob a young woman in east Kingston. But 10 months later, after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court,...

Published:Tuesday | August 31, 2021 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A Jamaican woman who arranged more than two dozen sham marriages as part of an elaborate scheme to obtain green cards for herself and other non-American citizens is heading to prison in the United States (US). Between 2011 and 2017, Jodian...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Two businessmen suspected of being the masterminds behind a failed $50-million cocaine shipment destined for the United Kingdom (UK) are now behind bars, accused of the dramatic kidnapping and pummelling of a customs broker they believed foiled the...

Published:Tuesday | August 3, 2021 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The years-long wait for transcripts and notes of evidence, a blot on Jamaica’s judicial system for decades, has been declared a constitutional breach in separate cases filed on behalf of two men who were convicted of serious crimes. A transcript is...

Published:Friday | July 16, 2021 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Winston Jarrett’s life of crime began at age 19 when he was first convicted for a minor infraction. Now, after racking up 16 other convictions – the last two for murder – the 62-year-old watchman could die in prison. Jarrett got numerous chances at...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The police constable who was arrested this month while on duty is facing formal allegations that he contracted three men to kill a Clarendon man. Constable Tafari Silvera was charged on June 18 with conspiracy to murder following a ruling by the...

Published:Friday | June 25, 2021 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A man who is believed to have impregnated a minor after a judge ordered him to stay away from her has been convicted on multiple child sex charges. The 15-year-old victim is reportedly pregnant with twins. The 37-year-old man pleaded guilty to six...

Published:Saturday | June 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Two men who used a fake taxi to rape three women during a near month-long crime spree four years ago have been convicted for a slew of sex-related crimes. In one incident, which occurred in 2017, a then-23-year-old woman boarded the fake taxi in...

Published:Friday | June 11, 2021 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

There were some “misunderstandings” within Jamaica’s law-enforcement authorities about aspects of the so-called anti-gang legislation, the state’s top prosecutor has admitted. The Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act became...

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2021 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Three members of the Coke clan are among seven persons who could hear today whether murder and gang-related charges hanging over their heads will be conditionally discontinued. Prosecutors announced in court on Wednesday that Director of Public...

Published:Thursday | March 25, 2021 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Omar Johnson, a reputed high-profile member of the G-City Gang, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a home-invasion murder in Montego Bay, St James, last year. Justice Stephanie Jackson Haisley, who imposed the sentence, ordered that...

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Another former top executive at Jamaica’s state-owned oil refinery Petrojam is expected to be slapped with fraud-related charges early next week, senior law enforcement sources have disclosed. The former executive voluntarily returned to the island...

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