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  • PHOTOS: Comrades stone ‘Labourite’ dog outside Parliament

     boisterous People’s National Party (PNP) supporters amassed at Gordon House ahead of the opening of Parliament on Thursday, a dog draped in green shirt casually strolled by.

    Seemingly enraged by the ‘Labourite’ dog’s passing, several orange-clad supporters of the PNP hurled stones and any object they could find at the animal.

    The dog, however, emerged unscathed by the attack and continued its trek off Duke Street in downtown Kingston.

    Duke Street had been a loud and tense affair all day, as comrades and labourites alike, behind a barricade of police officers, spat insults at passing Government and Opposition MPs.

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  • Boisterous crowd at Parliament opening forces police to call for backup

    The police were forced to call for additional manpower after People's National Party (PNP) and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters broke through barricades outside Gordon House in downtown Kingston on Thursday, ahead of the opening of Parliament.

    Supporters for the PNP became agitated on arrival of Prime Minister Andrew Holness and started shouting unkind words as they broke through the barrier set up to facilitate dignitaries. 

    "Dutty Prime Minister! Unnu tief the election!" one man, clad in orange, yelled, adding "Portia ! Portia!"

    The JLP supporters, however, came down in greater numbers and started shouting for their Members of Parliament and for Holness, as they broke through the barricades at the other end of Duke Street.

    The police had a very difficult task controlling the crowd and one cop could be heard asking for backup and relaying details of the situation to his colleagues.

    The occasion is the official opening of parliament and swearing-in ceremony for members of the Senate and House of Representatives. It will be the first meeting of the Houses since Parliament was dissolved on February 5, ahead of the February 25 General Elections.

     

     

     

     

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  • Note left at slain teacher’s home: “I killed him because he tried to rape me”

    Note at slain teacher’s home: ‘…he tried to rape me’

    TRELAWNY, Jamaica — Up to late yesterday afternoon the Trelawny police were working to apprehend the killer or killers of a St James High School teacher whose decomposing body was discovered at his home here yesterday morning.

    The deceased has been identified as 53-year-old of Dexter Dacres of New Haven Heights, Granville, Trelawny.

    A reliable OBSERVER ONLINE source revealed that among the things removed from the house yesterday morning was a note that read:”I killed him because he tried to rape me”.

    Condoms and lubricants were also said to be found in the English language teacher’s bedroom.
    According to the police, they were summoned to the swanky New Haven Heights, Trelawny neighbourhood, by residents, who detected a stench coming from the home of the teacher yesterday morning.Upon their arrival, the cops discovered the decomposing body, with multiple stab wounds, wrapped in a sheet.

     

    The body was removed to the Doyley’s Funeral Home.

    The teacher was said to have been last seen on Saturday in the company of a boy who he said was a relative of his, residents say.

    Dacres, who reportedly started working at St James High in January, is said to have got along well with students and members of staff there. He was said to have also paid special interest in slow learners, a senior teacher at the school revealed.

    The Falmouth police are probing the incident.

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  • St Elizabeth man kills wife – shoots her 9 times

    Police investigators and neighbours say the shooting death of 41-year-old Marva Salmon allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband early yesterday afternoon followed mutual accusations of infidelity.

    The police have named the victim as hotel worker and mother of five, Marva Salmon of Southampton, close to Leeds, a few miles south of Santa Cruz.

    Investigators as well as residents who spoke to OBSERVER ONLINE by telephone named the accused as farmer, Verton Salmon.

    Residents say Marva Salmon was shot multiple times shortly after midday following the latest quarrel with her husband.

    The accused man fled the scene and is being sought by the police. The police say the murder weapon was unlicensed. St Elizabeth police say the “last several murders” in the parish have been the result of domestic disputes.

    “We really have to find a way to help people to understand that violence can’t be the way to deal with disputes,” head of the St Elizabeth police, Supt Lanford Salmon told OBSERVER ONLINE.

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  • Carjacking on the rise in Kingston

    Over the last few weeks, a number of carjacking incidents have plagued the capital city, Kingston. Late Tuesday night, a young couple was carjacked on Beechwood Avenue causing them to flee for their safety.

    Only last week, a member of the diplomatic corp was confronted by a man in the middle of the street forcing him to stop the car while two other men jumped into the back seat and tried to overpower him.

    A struggle ensued as the assailants attempted to make off with the vehicle.

    In February a prominent architect was also carjacked with young men also jumping into the back seat demanding money and taking away his firearm. In this instant, the carjackers acquired his details and demanded he meet with them with a sum of money to recover said firearm.

    The architect died subsequently from unrelated circumstances.

    More recently, an elderly member of a prominent business family was carjacked in Jacks Hill where demands were made for money.

    Again last month, three young women making their way home from a soca party stopped at a traffic light in the Holborn Road vicinity only for three men to jump into the back of the car and demand that the keys to the vehicle and money be given to them. The incident was reported to the police.

    Back in January, a head of a prominent security company was carjacked on Old Hope Road. The trap set, saw  him being distracted by a man stepping in front of the vehicle while two others jumping into the back seat demanding money and the keys to the car.

    Speaking with Loop News about this spate of carjacking, former Deputy Police Commissioner and now Head of Shields Security, Mark Shield said: “This is of concern and motorists must be extra vigilant. I would have to confirm these cases but people must be cautious and take safety measures.”

    He offered several useful tips to ensure Jamaicans and their loved ones remain safe on the roads.

    “Try changing your driving route and habits. Do not talk on the phone or text while driving – it is distracting and gives carjackers an opportunity. If you see suspicious people or are carjacked, report it immediately to the police. Make people aware of incidents or potential incidents on social media – it creates greater awareness,” he asserted.

    “Car share as much as possible – you significantly reduce the likelihood of being carjacked if you are not alone. Fit your vehicle with a tracking device or a panic button,” Shields added.

    “You can also invest in personal tracking. Never get too close to a vehicle in traffic. Employ the ‘tires and tarmac ‘rule – that is, you have to see both the tires and tarmac of the vehicle next to you so that you can pull away quickly and are not hemmed in,” he noted.

    Superintendent Jacqueline Green of Constant Spring Police Station, responsible for St Andrew North Division said: “We regard carjacking as a form of robbery and in most cases the criminals see something in the car that they want such as the driver’s fancy jewellery, a computer bag or high-end smartphone.

    They tend to employ a technique whereby they bump into the victim’s vehicle and as the driver goes to investigate, he/she gets robbed.”

    “If a driver should suspect a carjacking will take place, he or she should drive into a well-lit area or pull into the nearest police station. Always ensure that your car doors are locked and the windows are up; particularly the rear windows. Don’t display or leave valuables in your car. Look alert and be extra careful when pulling up or stopping at intersections and stoplights,” she said. 

    BY: LOOP NEWS

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