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  • National Security Minister blasted for 'obeah man uncle' claim

    National Security Minister, Robert Montague is being criticised for claiming that his uncle is an 'obeah man', a practice that is illegal in Jamaica.

    In addressing a meeting of top personnel of the security forces at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, Montague went personal in his reference to criminals.

    “Unoo going run weh because we going to pursue unoo. This minister nuh ‘fraid a unoo, my uncle is a obeah man,” he declared, drawing a chorus of laughter among the participants.

    He noted, against that background, that some of the criminals were noted to go about with bibles in their back pockets, and guard rings on their fingers, with the claim of being able to use the items to ward off the security forces.

    But his comments have not gone down well with many Jamaicans who point to the illeagality of the practice. The Obeah Act defines a person practicing obeah as "any person who, to effect any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, or for gain, or for the purpose of frightening any person, uses or pretends to use any occult means, or pretends to possess any supernatural power or knowledge."

    A person found guilty of the practice can be fined up to $100 and be jailed up to 12 months. One lawyer told Loop News that Montague could face charges if it can be proven that he sought to bring about an event by occult means. 

    "Perhaps the pressure of the office is now too burdensome for Minister Montague that he has decided to resort to threats of Obeah," Michael Hemmings, an attorney-at-law with Clayton Morgan & Company, said.

    "Based on the Minister’s comment during his session with the security officers at the Jamaican Conference Centre last Tuesday it begs to question how serious he is in addressing the crime epidemic now facing our nation," he continued. "Is obeah the answer? Will he instead of employing crime fighting tactics consult his obeah man? Will he instead of bridging the gap of trust between the communities and the security forces have his uncle cultivate a formula to do so?"

    The criticisms were similar on social media. 

    "All the prosperity and he void of solutions," one man said, using the hastag #montaguemustgo.

    In response to the few who dismissed the security minister's comment as a "joke", one man said: "This isn't really funny, he is the country's national security minister, for him to utter those words was downright irresponsible."

    The minister, in his address, also advised that a new 304-bed correctional facility is under constructed at Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre in St Catherine, saying that persons so ‘qualified’, will need to occupy the new bed spaces. 

     

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  • 16 year-old girl on lottery scam charge! [MUST SEE]

    The teenager, who appeared in court on Tuesday, was held at a house in Brinkley, St. Elizabeth last Friday. She was allegedly found in the company of a 21 year old man who is also charged in connection with the lottery scam.

    The court was told that during an operation the police searched a room that the two occupied. Lead sheets containing the names of individuals were reportedly found hidden in a pair of shoes.

    The teenager and the man were charged with Possession of Identity Information.

     

    The court was informed that the teenager was a student of a prominent high school in Westmoreland but was recently suspended. She had been scheduled to start attending another high school in the parish on January 9.

     

    The teenager was remanded to a place of  safety until her next court appearance this Friday.

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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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