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  • BREAKING NEWS: Bodies of 3 missing men discovered in Negril! [VERY GRUESOME IMAGES]

    The bodies of three Westmoreland men who were reported missing Saturday were discovered in the parish earlier on Tuesday.

    They are believed: 25-year-old Richard Davis, otherwise called ‘Neeko’; 24-year-old Romaine Miller, otherwise called ‘Goat Head’; and 22-year-old David Bennett, otherwise called ‘Chullups’, all of Seaton Crescent in Savanna-la-Mar.

    The corpses were reportedly found in bushes in the West End section of Negril.

    The police are currently on the scene.

     

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  • Search launched for three Westmoreland men reported missing

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    The Savanna-la-Mar Police have launched a search for three men that have been reported missing.

    They are 25-year-old Richard Davis, otherwise called ‘Neeko’, 24-year-old Romaine Miller, otherwise called ‘Goat Head’, and 22-year-old David Bennett, otherwise called ‘Chullups’, all of Seaton Crescent, Savanna-La-mar, Westmoreland who has been missing since Saturday, January 14.

    Davis is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 162 centimetres (5 feet 4 inches) tall. Miller is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. Bennett is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 177 centimetres (5 feet 10 inches) tall.

    Reports are that about 2:45 pm, Davis, Miller and Bennett were last seen in Negril. Davis was wearing a black T-shirt, gray shorts and a pair of slippers; Miller’s mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown and Bennett was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a pair of slippers. Efforts to contact all three men have proven futile. They have not been heard from since.

    Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Davis, Miller and Bennett is being asked to contact the Savanna-la-mar Police at 955-2536, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

    The police said there were no photographs of Davis, Miller and Bennett available at the time of their report.

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  • Cops say Ski Mask gang members behind more than 20 murders

    Police high command is reporting that members of the Ski Mask gang are responsible for over 20 murders and shootings of residents including women and children in and around the parish of St James.

    Police said, for several years, the gang members have been wreaking havoc in the parish and have forced scores of residents to flee their communities by firebombing their homes and sexually assaulting women and children.

    Six members from the gang including the leader were shot dead after they engaged police and members of the military in a shootout on Saturday, January 14.

    Reports are that on the mentioned date, the driver of a white Toyota Corolla motorcar was signaled to stop. The driver complied and, immediately following, several armed men exited the vehicle, firing at the security team. The lawmen responded; during the confrontation, the six men were fatally shot and one police officer injured.

    The men have been identified as: Leader of the Gang; Oswyn Jarret o/c ‘Ski-Mask'; Dino Pryce o/c 'Buju'; Marlon Samuels o/c ‘Brutus', and Andre Daley o/c 'Pops'. The other two men have been identified by their aliases‎ ‘Fargo' and 'Shenkay'.

    Police said a Ruger P89 9mm pistol, a Mini-Thunder 9mm pistol, a single action Browning Pistol, and a HS 9mm pistol. A number of magazines and a quantity of ammunition were also seized.

    The JCF in a release after the incident said it takes no pleasure in the loss of life, and regrets that these six young men were fatally shot.

    The police high command however stated that in carrying out their lawful duties to protect the citizens of Jamaica, the security forces are required to stand their ground and defend themselves in the face of criminal attacks. 

    “The JCF is committed to the apprehension and prosecution of criminal suspects – allowing them to go before a court of law to answer for their acts of criminality. In fact, in 2016 1,436 persons were arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act – 854 for the illegal possession of firearms and 582 for the illegal possession of ammunition,” the release stated. 

    Police said the incident in St. Andrew on Saturday January 14 strongly underscores this intent of the police. Three armed robbers who invaded a home were successfully apprehended without the use of Force, and will now face the courts for their action.

    Had the deceased peacefully surrendered, they would have been arrested, taken into custody, and charged with the illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. Regrettably, they chose to violently confront the security forces, the JCF release stated.

    “There is an increasing pattern of violent attacks on the police and military by criminal suspects who, on many occasions, have eluded capture. Unfortunately, on this occasion, those who were emboldened by these previous instances, confronted the security forces and met their demise,” the release outlined.

    The release went further to state that while some citizens may feel a sense of relief that these gang members will no longer launch criminal violence on their community, this incident should be a point of reflection for all of us. Many of us have questions to answer for our roles as parents and caregivers in how we treat with our young people, young men in particular

    “We urge you to seriously think on the vicious violence youths are unleashing on the very communities from which they hail. These individuals are your kin – brothers, sons, grandsons, nephews, cousins. It is past time to accept our collective responsibility and begin to address the cycle of violence that characterize our communities and families.”

     

     

     

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  • Vershon snatches son from babymother's house.... Court asked to settle custody battle

    A major custody battle is brewing between dancehall artiste Vershon and the mother of his one year old son. 

    Vershon, whose given name is Adrian Brown, went to the house of his baby's mother and took away the child last Friday.

    The child's mother, Kadian, went to the Family Court this morning and initiated proceedings aimed at gaining custody of the young boy. A hearing has been set for April.

    “She reported me to the police. The police asked me to come in and when I went in they said they couldn’t take the child from me. It’s a matter for the court to decide. I won't give her back the baby until the court says I am to give her back the child,” Vershon told THE STAR.

    Vershon is known for hit songs such as Inna Real LifeMercy A God and Clean Me Heart Too Clean.

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  • Give sex workers legal status - Advocate says laws against practice are outdated

    The Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), a non-governmental, human rights organisation, said it is working assiduously to have sex work decriminalised in Jamaica, so that the practitioners can operate safely.

    Patrick Lalor, who is JASL's Policy and Advocacy officer, told THE STAR that the ultimate aim is to have the sex trade fully legalised, but they will settle for decriminalisation for now.

    "Our advocacy work includes trying to get rid of any punitive laws that we find makes things more challenging for our population and exposes them to Human Immunodeficiency Virus," Lalor said.

     

    Medical attention

     

    Currently, there are 5,000 members in the Sex Workers Association, but Lalor noted that this is only 10 per cent of the total number of sex workers islandwide.

    Lalor argued that the stigma and discrimination attached to sex work deters the practitioners from seeking medical attention, as well as legal redress when they are abused.

    He added that they are sometimes forced at knife point to have unprotected sex with clients, and contract sexual infections in the process, but are afraid to seek medical attention because of the discrimination they face.

    Lalor further added that the laws which make prostitution illegal are archaic and do not reflect current realities.

     

    Made submissions

     

    JASAL has taken several steps to decriminalise sex work. In 2014, they were part of a group which made submissions to Parliament when the Sexual Offences Act was being reviewed by a committee. However, the process was halted with the change of Government.

    Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck refused to comment on the issue of decriminalising sex work in Jamaica, but he noted that Parliament has selected a new committee to review the Sexual Offences Act, and they will be meeting some time this week.

    To those who oppose the decriminalisation of sex work, such as the church, Lalor said, "Many of the husbands of the wives in church do business there, and what we are promoting is to ensure that their people can carry out their activities in a safe, healthy way, so that these husbands don't take back any STIs to the wives."

     

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