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  • Man Who Punched Dalton Drove Wedge Between Him And His Mother

    The rocky relationship between Dalton and his mother Sylvia Campbell appears to be directly related to her decision to live with and work for a man who once punched him through a glass window. The man, Harry, is now deceased, and is the father of Dalton's youngest brother.

    "When my son left my home, I did not left my son guh nowhere. A di man weh lick him, weh me a get me bread from. We actually live up there. We eat together, we pray together, the man give him money fi go a school. Hell no, yuh could a forgive him and let guh things, or talk to me bout it. Yuh never affi carry it guh so far," she said.

    Dalton, 24, is the favourite to win the 'X Factor' this weekend. If he wins, Dalton will be awarded a £1-million (approximately J$162,632,400) recording contract with Syco Music, in association with Sony Music.

    The Jamaican has been one of the most talked-about persons in the competition. Dalton recently told UK media, "There's a cut above my right eyebrow and cuts around my ears and head, but I grew my hair to hide them ... . I was punched so hard by a guy dating my mum, I crashed through a window," he told the UK Mirror.

    Dalton's mother said that some of the things he said are true, but he misrepresented the facts in some areas. She also said that the ex-boyfriend, Harry, was very abusive.

    "Dat man lick me inna me face that me couldn't see fi days. Him did ignorant and him never love my son (Dalton) ... Him treated me pickney dem bad," Sylvia said.

    She said Harry was slowed by diabetes, and he lost his sight and one of his legs before he died. She said that she thought Dalton had moved past the punching incident, as he had sent a photo to Harry in 2010, the year he won the Digicel Rising Stars contest. She said that on the back of it, he wrote that he had forgiven Harry and was using his past as an inspiration to go forward.

    Dalton told the UK's Daily Mirror that at 15, he was homeless and slept behind a shop and church, in basements and beside the river. His mother disputes this.

    "Him never homeless, because him left guh down a Granton guh live. After him left my yard, me mek sure me guh see when him live. Me guh down deh go clean. Him stay a Granton fi a year and then him move come back up a him father (who lived in White Shop) near Sanguinetti."

    Campbell said Harris relocated to Kingston after the Rising Stars competition.

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  • Spice Did Not Bleach Her Skin Read What She Said

     

    Dancehall artiste Spice was the talk of the internet when she reveals a new and whiter Spice well today she explains in a lengthy Instagram post of why Read what she said below '

    On October 22nd I posted a picture of myself where i looked like I altered my appearance and metamorphosis to match the “Eurocentric beauty standards”. I fearlessly addressed an issue that has been swept under the rug and boldly took the stance in bringing a taboo topic to the fore front. I chose to do this in the manner I did because I believe Colorism is plagiarizing our black community. 
    While It appeared as if I had “bleached” my skin, causing a world wide debate, and even though the picture was obviously birthed around my single titled“Black hypocrisy” and my mixtape Captured.I want to openly say it was not a “publicity stunt”. I wanted to create awareness to “Colorism” and it was more so done intentionally to create shock value so that I could have the worlds undivided attention to deliver the message in my music. 
    There are dark skin women across the world complaining every day that they are being downplayed and degraded, but the raw truth is it is us “black women” and “black men” that are fighting against each other and tearing down our own race. 
    It’s evident in the social media comments every day, I myself have lived through it all being downgraded by my dark complexion. 
    Would the message in my song have been received as well as it did world wide if I didn’t go to the extreme with the picture? The truth is no it would have probably been just another Spice hit song; so yes I had to go the extra mile
    to ensure my message be heard. 
    Most people got a misconception that I was boosting “Skin bleaching” but ironically it was the opposite. I used myself as an example of what people from the black community is causing other women to do because of how society makes them feel. 
    Yes “Black is beautiful” we say it every day but are we showing love to our black women? This topic is long and I could spread it so far but mi tired fi type Lol. The fact is Colorism is happening in the homes ,school and businesses but I’ll leave it till my next post. 
    To put a end to the debate “I DID NOT BLEACH MY SKIN” and I quote “Proud a mi color, love mi pretty black skin, respect due to mi strong melanin” words from my “Black Hypocrisy” song that I wrote from my heart.

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  • Church caretaker held in connection with pastor's murder

    THE police say the caretaker of the Church Of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, has been held in connection with last month's murder of pastor James Johnson.

    His apprehension comes weeks after the police have been trying to have a sit-down with him following the brutal killing of James inside the church last month.

    According to the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit, Johnson, a 29-year-old pastor from Union Estate in the parish, was reportedly in the middle of teaching a class, about 5:00 pm on September 20, when a gunman entered and shot him several times.

    Acting head of the Major Investigation Division Superintendent Paul Thomas told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the suspect was found hiding in the ceiling of a house in Spanish Town, St Catherine, approximately 11:00 am Saturday.

    “We have the suspect in custody, who we will be questioning in regards to the murder. There are certain leads which we are following that led us to taking him into custody, and we wish to question him in the presence of his attorney as soon as the attorney is available,” Superintendent Thomas said.

    “This is someone who we have been trying to reach to have a conversation with him over the past two weeks, and he has been avoiding us in many ways, meaning that he has been speaking to us, making appointments, and not turning up. We actually went in search of evidence and actually found him. Based on that, and other issues, he was taken into custody,” the superintendent said.

    Security Minister Dr Horace Chang, in condemning the killing of one of the youngest licensed ordained ministers in the Church Of God of Prophecy, said then: “The invasion of murder into a church — a sacred place of worship — is utterly reprehensible”.

    “James Johnson will be remembered as a bright, passionate Jamaican who was engaged in his community, his church and nation-building,” the security minister said then.

    The Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches had also condemned Johnson's killing.

    “As church, we hold dear the sanctity of life in regard to all. We are shocked and disturbed. We note with alarm the setting in which young Minister Johnson was cut down brutally. We also grieve at the violation of the place of refuge and the incursion on boundaries protecting the sanctity of that space which has been dedicated for the things of God and for uplifting people overall,” the group said in a statement last month.

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  • Jamaican in jail for beating ‘bunna man’ in Barbados

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    A Jamaican man has been remanded in custody until September 6 in Barbados after having admitted to injuring a Barbadian man who he discovered was sexually involved with his wife.

    The local media reported that Alex Emanuel Golding, who described himself as an athlete, and who resided in St Michael, Barbados, admitted in court on Thursday to having caused serious bodily harm to Barbadian Kevin Thompson on August 28.

    Police reports are that both men rented apartments at a complex where a dispute developed on Monday after Golding, who said he is in Barbados for athletic training, discovered that Thompson and his wife were sexually involved.

    The discovery reportedly led to Golding going into a fit of rage, during which he took up a shovel and used it to hit Thompson on the ear and head generally.

    Following that assault, Golding walked into a police station with the shovel and handed it over to the cops.

    “I went to he (Thompson) and say (to him), ‘let’s talk man to man’,” Golding is reported to have said in court.

    “I asked he and he say, ‘No’… but he then said, ‘Yes’,” the Jamaican told the hearing.

    Then it got into numbers, which seemingly sparked the concerns that would lead to the wielding of the shovel.

    “I asked he how many times and he say, ‘Four times’,” Golding said further.

    “I asked: ‘You used a condom?’ Him say ‘Yes’,” Golding indicated.

    Then the wife was brought into the picture, and the interaction got physical.

    “I call my wife and confront her and we in an argument and this fella (Thompson) come and grab me up by the throat,” said Golding.

    “I turn ‘round and pick up a shovel and hit he. He come up to me again and I hit him again, and I walk to the station,” he said in court in the presence of Thompson.

    The response from the complainant was a declaration of, “Total lies, sir!”

    At that point, Thompson was given a chance to give his side of the story.

    He said he came home from work and was brushing his teeth, when Golding approached him.

    “She didn’t have no money to pay the rent and we became friends and became intimate…,” he said of his reported involvement with Mrs Golding.

    “He (Mr Golding) turned and hit me with a shovel. I never touch the man. I went to the doctor and I get 13 stitches,” Thompson said.

    Following the outline from Thompson, the presiding magistrate pointedly told him that he had crossed a line and was wrong to have done so.

    Then came the issue of compensation from Golding. Thompson indicated that he wanted $5,000 (US$2,500), to which Golding replied that he could not meet the requested amount in one payment, as he was not working, and was an athlete training in Barbados.

    He said his apartment was burglarised on the night of the incident, and that “all my money and stuff were stolen”.

    He suggested paying $200 every two weeks until the amount was settled, but Thompson refused the offer, telling the magistrate that Golding could leave the country before completing the overall payment.

    Thompson then said he would accept $3,000 (US$1,500), but there was no one to pay the amount on Golding’s behalf.

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  • Another woman murdered: latest victim a 66-year-old farmer

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    Two days after a woman was found with her throat slashed and her body stuffed into an igloo in Manchester, the police there are busy again investigating the brutal murder of another female, this time a 66-year-old woman who was also knifed to death.

    The latest victim has been identified as 66-year-old farmer, Winifred Elliot, of New Forrest district in the parish.

    Reports are that the woman was found with multiple stab wounds in her house on Thursday morning.

    The find has again sent residents of the parish on edge and in grief.

    Only days earlier, the body of a young woman was found with her throat slashed inside an igloo along the Winston Jones Highway near Mandeville.

    The Mandeville Police reported in that case that about 1:25 a.m., a mobile patrol team saw a grey Toyota Starlet motorcar parked on the roadway with the front doors open.

    Checks were made and the body of the female, with its throat slashed, was found wrapped in a sheet and stuffed inside a cooler box on the backseat of the vehicle.

    The scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue, pending identification and a postmortem examination.

    The body of the victim is described as being of brown complexion, medium built, about 168 centimetres (five feet six inches) long, with tall, natural hair.

    The woman appears to be in her late 20s, the police said.

    Detectives assigned to the Manchester Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the body.

    The police are asking anyone who can assist in identifying the woman’s body, or who has information that can otherwise assist in their investigation, to contact the Mandeville CIB at 876-962-2832, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

    Persons may also call Crime Stop at 311 or 811.

    The gruesome discoveries in Manchester came amid the chopping death of a woman and her 10-year-old son in St Ann, shortly after the horrific rape, murder and burning of another female, this time a child identified as 14-year-old Yetanya Francis, a student of Kingston Technical High School, who was killed in Arnett Gardens, St Andrew after going missing there on Thursday night. Her charred remains were found the following day.

    Francis' fate in particular triggered shock and anger from Jamaicans far and wide, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, whose response included a declaration that: “The thugs who murdered 14-year-old Yetanya Francis have no place in the Jamaican society we are seeking to create.”

     

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