Category: Jamaica

JAMAICA – Woman whose son was crushed by JUTC bus recounts her ordeal

KINGSTON – Avishia McLeod was at work on Friday when she felt a gut-wrenching pain that caused her to cry out. She knew then that something had gone wrong with one of her children, specifically her ten-year-old son Jovon Elliott. However, she could not say what. Her worst fears were later confirmed at the Spanish […]

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JAMAICA – Student killed in freak accident at school

KINGSTON – A pall of gloom is now hanging over the Anchovy Primary School in St James as staff and students try to come to grips with the tragic death of seven-year-old Easton Stapleton, Jr, who was killed on the school’s compound by a car being driven by a teacher. The incident reportedly took place […]

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JAMAICA – Nine-year-old girl murdered; 13-year-old boy in custody

Tears flowed freely at the New Works Primary School in Westmoreland yesterday as students and teachers reacted with shock and grief to the murder of nine-year-old student Kadijah Saunders, whose body was found in an isolated section of the nearby community of Bog on Tuesday night. “The students are here, but we are not having […]

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JAMAICA – Fire leaves 50 homeless; woman loses restaurant on anniversary of her son’s death

KINGSTON – Rosemarie Forbes started yesterday in sad reflection on the death of one of her five sons a year ago. By mid-afternoon her day got worse, as a massive fire destroyed her restaurant on Chancery Lane in downtown Kingston. The building housing the restaurant was one of six — two on Chancery Lane and […]

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JAMAICA – Mother claims two hospitals turned away son who ingested plant killer

A Portland mother is angrily condemning two of the country’s public hospitals, alleging that they turned away her dying son, leaving him without treatment, after he had ingested Gramoxone, a toxic chemical used to kill plants and weeds. The 51-year-old mother of three, Herfa Thompson, told the Jamaica Observer that her son, 31-year-old Ramone Miller, […]

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JAMAICA – Capleton arrested, charged with rape

International artiste, Capleton, whose given name is Clifton Bailey, is now in police custody accused of  rape. He was taken into custody Friday night in the company of  his attorney Christopher Townsend. He was questioned by detectives from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences  and Child Abuse (CISOCA) at the Half  Way Tree Police […]

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REGIONAL – Jamaican cop admits killing nine-year-old girl

KINGSTON –  A police officer charged with the 2003 fatal shooting of a nine-year-old girl and fearing for his life fled to America where he was later deported, has decided against fighting the charge and has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Constable Walter Spike yesterday admitted guilt, going against the advice of his attorney, Peter Champagnie […]

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JAMAICA – Three killed in plane crash

Rescue teams have found the wreckage of the single engine Cessna 206F that disappeared while on an internal flight between the Sangster International Airport in St James, and the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in the capital, Kingston, on Thursday. The bodies of the three passengers, including two pilots, were also found by members of the Jamaica […]

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JAMAICA – Seven dead, ten wounded in Westmoreland attacks

KINGSTON — Security minister Horace Chang said yesterday that the country’s crime problem has “hit a new low” as he condemned Tuesday night’s massacre by rampaging gunmen that left seven dead and ten injured in this western parish. However, Dr Chang — just more than one month into the job as security minister — promised […]

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JAMAICA – 60-year-old man accused of killing his two daughters and their mom

KINGSTON — The Hanover police have taken into custody a 60-year-old man who is accused of hacking to death his two daughters and their mother — his estranged spouse — who was said to have been in an advanced state of pregnancy. The deceased have been identified as 39-year-old Adanique Cunningham and her two daughters, […]

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REGIONAL – Pregnant mother and her two children chopped to death in Jamaica

KINGSTON – Tragedy struck in Dickson Wharf in Green Island, Hanover this morning after an eight months pregnant woman and her two children, ages 4 and 7, were chopped to death. The alleged attacker, who is the woman’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her children, is in police custody. They have been identified as 38-year-old […]

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JAMAICA – No problem with gays in my cabinet-Holness

KINGSTON – Prime minister Andrew Holness has indicated to the international community that he would have no objection to gay persons being part of his executive. Holness’ response to journalists in Brussels, Belgium, contradicted a strident position by then prime minister Bruce Golding, during a May 2008 interview with the BBC’s HARDtalk’s host Stephen Shakur, […]

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JAMAICA – School mourns brutal murder of well-loved student

KINGSTON — Grief was heavy in the air at Godfrey Stewart High School yesterday morning as students, teachers, and other staff mourned the brutal murder of 18-year-old Stefan Rico Beckford. The teenager — who made an indelible mark, both as an amicable student and a member of the school’s daCosta Cup football team — was […]

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JAMAICA – Frustrated Rastas aim to be agents of change

KINGSTON – It is often said that for change to be effected in any group or society, drastic measures have to be taken. Seemingly along that vein, deep in the heart of the sometimes volatile Bournemouth Gardens community in St Andrew, there is a group of Rastafarians actually planning an uprising. Complaining that they are […]

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JAMAICA – Abortion plea

Experts urge repeal of century-old law in jamaica KINGSTON – Legislators are being urged to repeal sections of the more than century-old Offences Against the Person Act which prevent Jamaican women from legally terminating pregnancies. The appeal came from a group of experts in human rights in patient care at yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, […]

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JAMAICA – $300m in fake goods seized, six people arrested

KINGSTON – The police raided two stores operated by Chinese in downtown Kingston yesterday and seized what they described as fake brands valued at more than $300 million. But the operation, carried out by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) Investigation Branch, angered some people who said they had no problems with the goods […]

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