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  • Cops discover body parts of Cross Dressing Drug Mule at popular Kingston motel

    Body of man found cut in two at popular motel in Kingston

     

    Hunts Bay police have launched a massive investigation into a case where a man was hacked to death and his body cut in two and left at a popular motel in Kingston on Saturday.

    Reports reaching Loop News are that at about 11:30 am, the body of the unidentified male was discovered in a room at the motel located along Gretna Green Avenue, Kingston.

    Reports are that a janitor, who went to a room at the facility stumbled on the remains.

    Police were later called to the scene and, on arrival, the body was seen with a plastic bag tied over the head. The upper torso was seen in the bathroom and the lower half near the shower.

    Police say they have not yet established a motive into the killing.

    Loop News sources say the victim is believed to be a male cross dresser and drug mule, who had ingested drugs. Reports are that he was brought to the facility and cut open and the contents removed from his body.

    Police have not confirmed or denied the reports.

     

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  • Missing Westmoreland woman found dead

    The deceased has been identified as 21-year -old Shantel Wright of the Brown Bush section of Little London, Westmoreland.

    The slightly decomposed body of a female who went missing over a day ago was discovered in a cane field, a short distance from her Westmoreland home on Friday.

    The deceased has been identified as 21-year -old Shantel Wright of the Brown Bush section of Little London, Westmoreland.

    The discovery of the body has triggered a massive demonstration by irate residents who are demanding that the police work assiduously to find the culprit responsible for Wright's killing.

    The police, who are probing the gruesome discovery, are yet to determine the cause of Wright's death.

    Investigators will be banking on the results of a post mortem to determine the cause of death.

    Despite a constant downpour, the irate residents, mostly sheltering under umbrellas, have flocked the scene, where the body was found, about quarter mile from Wright's home.

     

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  • My lord, have mercy,' Patrick Powell begs judge

    Patrick Powell leaves court in a car after being freed of murder last year.

    St Andrew businessman Patrick Powell on Thursday morning asked a judge for leniency in the case against him for allegedly failing to hand over his licensed firearm to the authorities during an investigation into the 2011 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais.

    Powell testified that, when the request was made for him to produce the firearm, he was in police custody and exercised his constitutional right to remain silent.

    "I never refused even in the absence of my lawyer, all I did was insist that whenever I was to be questioned that my lawyer was present," Powell told the Kingston and St Andrew Court.

    The businessman begged Parish Judge Vaughn Smith for mercy before concluding his testimony.

    "My lord, this is your courtroom, you are god in here, may you have mercy,” he said.

    Powell was arrested and charged with murder over the July 1, 2011 shooting death of Mais. But he was freed October 2016 after the prosecution offered no further evidence in the case before the Home Circuit Court.

    The acquittal came after the prosecution’s main witness denied giving a statement to police that implicated Powell in the killing.

     

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  • Caribbean American ex-nurse convicted of murder for hire of Jamaican-born husband

    NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – A Caribbean American ex-registered nurse in Brooklyn, New York has been convicted of hiring a hitman to murder her Jamaican-born husband in 2013 after two failed attempts at the victim's life.

    The gunman was also convicted of murder.

     

    On Wednesday, it took a jury less than three hours to convict Alishia Noel-Murray, 29 – whose father, Andrew Noel, was born in Grenada, and mother, Pauline Noel, also a registered nurse, was born in Guyana – of having her husband, Omar Murray, 37, knocked off to cash in on nearly US$900,000 in life insurance claims.

     

    Both of Noel-Murray's parents are separated and reside in Brooklyn. Pauline Noel, a born-again Christian, who was strongly opposed to her daughter's actions, testified against her daughter at trial.

     

    Jurors found Noel-Murray, who was fired by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, of guilty of murder, attempted murder and weapon possession in the February 23, 2013 assassination of her husband.

     

    “She's a real monster,” Murray's Jamaican-born mother, Eunice Ashley Henry, 59, a home health aide in Brooklyn, told reporters after the verdict. “I'm ecstatic. I'm overwhelmed, but I'm still missing my son.”

     

    Prosecutors said Noel-Murray plotted with her lover, Dameon Lovell, to hire a hitman for US$3,500 to kill Murray, so she could collect on three life insurance policies.

     

    Lovell cooperated with prosecutors in exchange for 15 years to life in prison, according to the Daily News.

     

    It said the assailant, Kirk Portious, 29, murdered Murray in their Lott Avenue, Brownsville, Brooklyn home.

     

    Noel-Murray was convicted of first-degree murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog, and Portious was convicted by a separate jury of first-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

     

    Each defendant faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole when they're sentenced on June 29, 2017, according to Brooklyn Acting District Attorney, Puerto Rican-born Eric Gonzalez.

     

    “These defendants engaged in a calculated and cold-hearted plot to kill an innocent man,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. “Their heinous scheme was exposed, and a jury has now held them responsible for these reprehensible crimes.”

     

    The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on Feb. 24, 2013, at about 12:58 pm, Omar Murray, was shot dead inside his home, located at 204 Lott Avenue in Brownsville.

     

    The investigation led police to Lovell, who told investigators that his girlfriend had asked him to find someone to kill her husband after her attempt to poison him had failed, Gonzalez said.

     

    The first person shot at the victim on February 6, 2013, but missed, according to testimony. Lovell then hired Portious and provided him with a US$500 down payment and the gun, which he received from Noel-Murray, the evidence showed.

     

    The gunman was promised a total of US$3,500, Gonzalez said. He said Noel-Murray had taken out nearly US$900,000 in life insurance on her husband before the murder and attempted to cash out the policies within days of his death.

     

    Lovell had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for a promised sentence of 15 years to life in prison, Gonzalez said.

    Describing Noel-Murray as “the devil,” Eunice Ashley Henry said her daughter-in-law had “tried so many times to kill my son.”

     

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  • Scheming Schools - Students Being Fined For Arriving Late And Forced To Pay To Attend Special Days

    Some school administrators have been finding various means of plucking money from the pockets of students, and Education Minister Ruel Reid is not pleased.

    "This Government's position is free access to public education, and there ought not to be any fees or any other creative barriers used to prevent and deny our children their right to free public education," Reid told The Sunday Gleaner.

    He said that the moves by the schools to force students to pay would be a breach of the education ministry's policy, which bans the mandatory payment of auxiliary fees, with schools allowed to charge an approved rate for some services.

    The education ministry has also increased the subvention to secondary schools across the island, and Reid said that parents who are being asked to make mandatory contributions should report this to the ministry if they are not getting any redress from the school's board.

    But that has not stopped some school administrators who hit students with charges such as a fine for those who arrive late.

     

    $50 LATE FEE

    At the Corporate Area-based St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), for example, students are asked to pay $50 once they arrive at school after 8:10 a.m.

    During a visit by our news team to the Spanish Town Road-based school last Wednesday, scores of students were seen handing over cash to a female security guard and the school's dean of discipline, who sat at the entrance to ensure that none of those who were late were admitted without paying.

    Both lamented the lack of change as the students handed over as much as $1,000 to pay the $50 fine. One male student who tentatively handed over his $1,000 note was overheard declaring, "This is my lunch money for the rest of the week, ennuh."

    One student told our news team that if they did not pay the fine, they were sent home. "Sometimes is my friends I ask to pay for me," said the student.

    When one student declared that he didn't have the money, the dean of discipline was overheard instructing him to "go back home". The student, however, insisted, "Miss, a far mi live".

    A mother who turned up to seek a transfer for her child was overheard asking if the students had to pay for being late.

    "We are very serious when it comes to discipline. Once you are late and it's after 8:10, you pay a $50 fine," responded the security guard.

    That position was endorsed by Rayon Simpson, the school's principal, who told our news team that there is a robust and comprehensive policy in the education ministry and at the school to address punctuality and poor attendance.

     

    POLICY EXTENDS TO STAFF

    According to Simpson, two consecutive inspection reports by the National Education Inspectorate pointed out that attendance and punctuality are twin problems for the school for both staff and students.

    "This policy is not confined to students only, but extends to members of faculty and support staff as well. When members of staff are consistently late for duties and work, recommendations are made to the (education ministry) in August of each year for a fine to be deducted from their salaries," said Simpson.

    "We reject the notion of 'soliciting funds from students'. It has been made clear to all stakeholders that no student is required to recompense a fine or face late detention, providing they arrive at school within a 40-minute grace period.

    "School begins at 7:25 a.m. Where a student is more than 40 minutes late and he or she is unable to recompense a fine, he or she may opt for a detention. We accept legitimate excuses from students or parents. You see, we know who the latecomers are, and we believe we have a duty to adequately deter them from choosing the debilitating phenomenon as a way of life," added Simpson as he said that the school does not have a policy of sending home the latecomers.

    "This is not to happen, and if it has happened in the past, it will not recur because we have made this clear to all stakeholders. Students have the option of taking a detention."

     

    PTA DEFENDS FINE

    President of the parent-teacher association (PTA) at STATHS, Robert Mattocks, defended the decision of the school's administrators.

    He argued that the fine was being collected to deter students from arriving late and goes towards the school's welfare programmes.

    According to Mattocks, the decision to collect the fine was made by the board after consultation with various stakeholders, including the PTA, in January.

    "To be honest, if by any chance you get the stats on the lateness from that time (January) to this time now, you will see more than an 80 per cent improvement in terms of attendance. Even the teachers have actually started saying 'yes, it is a great initiative because they can actually now teach a full class in the morning," said Mattocks.

    He said that the students who pay are sometimes the ones who benefit from the school's welfare programmes.

    "That same $50 that they pay, it goes right back to the welfare committee, and that welfare committee takes care of the welfare programme, and it also goes back into the bus fare programme because we do give them bus fare in the evenings to go home."

    Some schools have found even more creative ways to raise funds, purportedly for their welfare programmes, by introducing a raft of 'special days', which requires students to pay.

    The schools have instituted days when students are required to wear jeans, hats, glasses, and sneakers and are asked to pay as much as $100 if they wear these items and $200 if they don't.

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