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  • Son held for failed 'hit' on his dad now booked for lawyer’s murder

    Attorney Gareth Forbes... shot dead at his home in Kingston on January 17.

     

    The police have charged a young man, Kemar Marsden, with murder in relation to the death of attorney Gareth Forbes, who was shot dead inside his St Andrew home on January 17.

    “He was officially charged with murder on Saturday,” a representative of the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills of Marsden.

    The accused, who was taken into custody after reportedly placing a hit on his own father, a well-known Kingston businessman, is also facing the possibility of being charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

    It was reported that cops, acting quickly on intelligence received, intercepted a hit man last week and discovered evidence that pointed to who allegedly commissioned the hit on the businessman.

    A police source told Loop News that once the cops held the gunman, they found incriminating voice notes in his phone, which led to the detention of the man who allegedly instigated the hit.

    While confirming that young Marsden has been charged with Forbes’ murder, no details on the investigation into that offence was forthcoming from the police.

    Forbes, 49, resided at Oakridge, Stillwell Road in the Kingston 8 area.

    Reports from the Constant Spring police shortly after the murder was committed, were that about 10:00 p.m., a relative found Forbes unresponsive at his home and summoned the authorities.

    On the arrival of law enforcers, the attorney’s body was seen lying in a pool of blood with several gunshot wounds.

    The crime scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue.

    On February 5, the St Andrew North police issued photos of two suspects in relation to the lawyer's murder.

    Investigators theorised that the suspects - a man and a woman - stole the attorney's bank card and went to an automated teller machine (ATM). The photos were of the man and woman inside the machine.

    The police then appealed for the public's assistance to locate the individuals.

     

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  • DNA test confirms that RGD baby is stolen baby

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    KINGSTON, Jamaica — A DNA test has confirmed that the baby boy who was taken from a woman at the Registrar General Department (RGD) in Twickenham Park, St Catherine two days ago, is the same child who was snatched from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital last month.

    The result of the test was revealed by police sources a short while ago.

    The baby's parents — Sinclair Hutton and his common-law wife Suzzett Whyte  — were asked to have the DNA test done after the police arrested the woman who attempted to register the child Tuesday afternoon.

     

    The woman and the baby were taken into custody after she was unable to provide officials at the RGD with the relevant information required for registration.

     

    Hutton and Whyte both told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that despite not seeing the child, they were optimistic that he was their son.

     

    The baby was taken from the hospital on January 8.

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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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