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  • Woman attacked by dog wants justice

    More than four years after being attacked by a security company's dog in downtown Kingston, Marion Simpson is yet to receive compensation for her injuries.

    Simpson told THE STARthat on October 2, 2013, she was speaking on her phone and did not see that a dog was in a van she was passing.

    "Me just feel something grab me hand and when me look me see seh the dog hang on to me hand and a try draw me ova ina the van. All when di people dem start lick it ina it head it still a try. A di security guard say something to him and him let me go," she said.

    The security guard took Simpson to the Kingston Public Hospital.

    "Before him lef, him give me some information about the security company. Dem never wait on me or anything," she said.

    After receiving treatment, Simpson said she reported the matter to the Denham Town Police Station and then sought an attorney.

    "Fi years me a try get the matter deal with and can't take a step further, cuz di police dem a tell me say dem no see the report and a bag a tings," she said.



    Simpson, however, showed THE STAR a photocopy of the police report receipt and a letter addressed to her attorney stating that checks were made but the report was not found.

    The letter also stated that the recording officer was no longer a policeman.

    "Nobody is doing anything. If me no call the lawyer, dem don't call, and the police a give me the runaround," she said.

    Since the incident, Simpson said she had to make several visits to the doctor as she is constantly affected by the bites.

    "Me hand did swell up bad because me have keloid skin so the doctor did have to inject it so them go down. Nuff time it hurt me bad and me hand just get numb so," she said.

    Simpson said she has made several trips to the police station since.

    "A January a the last time me go and dem direct me to a superintendent. She tell me say is INDECOM (Independent Commission of Investigations) have the report book. It hard on me enuh, is 14 grandchildren me have and is the little selling me do to help me children sometimes with them," she said.

    Simpson said she has spent over $70,000 on medical bills and travelling expenses and would like to be compensated.

    She also stated that she was advised by her attorney not to make contact with the security company.

    "Is nuff pain me go thru and is like me no have nowhere to turn and get little help, nowhere," she said.

    THE STAR reached out to the Denham Town police and other sections within the police force for a comment but none was forthcoming.

    However, a representative for INDECOM stated that the organisation would be looking into the matter.


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  • Gangsters fighting for Riverton dump

    The residents of Riverton City said they are imploring the gangsters to cease the gunfire in the Kingston 11 community.

    Speaking with THE STARunder anonymity, one female resident said the ongoing violence has forced her to quit her job.

    "First ting, no staff bus nah enter inna Riverton, and it's rough to walk alone go in sometimes. Dem man ya walk wid dem gun in broad daylight, so you can only imagine what goes on in the nights," she said.

    She stated that there is frequent police presence in the area, but the hoodlums are often 'smarter'.

    "Dem man ya no fraid a police at all. More time, the place come like ghost town and another time the people dem just push out regardless. The pickney dem get use to the sound a gunshot that more time when dem hear it them just continue do whe dem a do unbothered," she said.

    Superintendent Aaron Fletcher of the Hunts Bay police said that he is aware of a flare-up of violence between the Blingas and Shanti gangs.




    "When you study the vegetation and the outlay, they know the terrain so well, so it's easy for them to make good their escape. Now how they conceal their weapon is something else because search as you may, it is a challenge to find them, given the amount of junk and mounds of rubble that is there," he said.

    Fletcher said the dump is of great economic value to the residents and cited it as a major reason for the ongoing feud.

    "What is garbage for others is sometimes useful to them. So from that they get items for the scrap-metal trade, items for recycling and other items which they use in their own way to derive economic benefit," he said.

    He said there have been several shooting incidents in recent weeks and at least one murder, that of a 16-year-old, who is alleged to have been a member of the Blingas posse.

    "The practice is that sometimes when the trucks come in to dump, they (gangsters) will come on them and have them dump the garbage where they want them to," he said.

    Fletcher stated that though the gangsters generate much revenue from the dump, with no one to teach or encourage them how to smartly use the funds, they often purchase high-powered weapons.

    "Based on the gunshots being fired, it is evident that there is a lot of firearms and ammunition in that space but we vow to make the area calm," he said.


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  • Security presence heightened at Wolmer's after social media threat


    There is high security presence at the Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston following the circulation of a voice note with threatening messages purported to be from a student at the school.

    A high level investigative team headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) is currently probing the threat issued against students of the Heroes Circle-based institution.

    “An active multi-agency investigation is now underway and the matter is being treated with the highest level of attention,” police said on Monday morning.

    Additionally, the Police are urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety at this time.

    Several attempts by Loop News to contact the school were futile.

    In the more than 10-minute long voice note, a boy can be heard expressing frustration over calling colleagues by phone but not receiving an answer.

    He further complained about being “ostracized” and society putting him in “a box with sickos”. In the long rant, he chided so-called “friends” who don’t remember his name or his birthday, and ignore him when they see him on the road.

    He then lists a number of names, before apparently issuing a violent threat against them.

    Anxiety over the incident has been fueled by last week's mass killing at a Florida school. A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing at least 17 people.

    In the meantime, the Police High Command is asking persons who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the Counter Terrrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) at 967-1389, 811, Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert App to submit information.

    More information will follow as soon as it becomes available.


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  • 17-Y-O's Decomposing Body Found Chopped To Pieces in Bushes

    The decomposing body believing to be that of a missing Westmoreland teen was discovered in bushes bordering Hanover and Westmoreland on Friday afternoon.

    The investigators have confirmed that the decomposing body is that of missing 17-year-old girl Jaydeen Grant who hails from Argyle Mountain in Westmoreland,  that went missing from her home on Saturday,  February 3.

    The community known as Argyle Mountain lies on the border of Hanover and Westmoreland, the 17-year-old teen resides with her family members in the section which falls in the parish of Westmoreland.

    Last Saturday afternoon she reportedly went missing from the area and after an unsuccessful search was carried out, a report was made at the Bethel Town police station.


    Shortly after 2:00 p.m., on Friday, February 16, residents living at the section of Argyle Mountain, alerted the Ramble police after a farmer stumbled upon a decomposing body in bushes.

    Officers attached to both Ramble and Bethel Town rushed to the location where the body was in an advanced state of decomposition.

    It is believed that her attackers may have chopped her to pieces and then dumped her body at the section of bushes.

    Our news team also learnt that her death might have come about as an act of reprisal to an incident which occurred in her community last weekend involving her father.

    It is reported that on Saturday, February 3, the teenager’s father got involved in an argument with another man from the community.  A report was made to the Bethel Town police that the child’s father chased the other party with an illegal firearm and fired several shots at him.

    Following an investigation by the police, the father was taken into police custody.

    The police stated that sections of Jaydeen Grant’s parts and her hair were all seen scattered in the bushes.  They are now saying they have not yet taken anyone into custody in connection with her death but they expect to make an early discovery.




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  • Wild, wild Westmoreland: 21 murders there so far this year

    The murder tally in Westmoreland now stands at 21 for 2018, following the discovery of the body of a man with bullet wounds to his head in the parish on Saturday morning.

    The deceased has been identified as 35-year-old labourer, Rohan Eyesst, of Cave in the parish.

    Reports are that about 8:30 yesterday morning, residents summoned the police after the body was stumbled upon in a section of the Little London community.

    Upon their arrival, the police saw the labourer's body lying face down in a pool of blood, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head.

    The body was removed to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, where doctors pronounced Eyesst dead.

    The police have not yet established a motive for the killing.


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