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  • Police Turn Blind Eye To Rowdy Political Supporters

     

    Supporters of the two main political parties have been seen hanging from buses and cars in sections of St Andrew since this morning, despite assurances from the police that they would adopt a zero-tolerance approach for breaches of the Road Traffic Act.

    On Old Hope Road a short while ago, a number of People's National Party (PNP) supporters were seen protruding from Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses and Coaster buses.

    Not far behind them was a convoy of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters also protruding from several Coaster buses.

    One woman sat on a window as she gyrated to the sounds of music blaring from the speakers.

    A senior police officer acknowledged that the police have been directed to take a zero-tolerance approach, but said there are a number of reasons there had been, up till then, no prosecution.

    The high-ranking officer said the safety of the men and women under her command was one of the factors.

    "If we stop one bus we going to have to stop all of them to prosecute. Then you might have the two groups converging and we don't want that," she explained.

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  • PNP bag juice

     A partially eaten bag juice with a People's National Party (PNP) logo seen at the side of the street in the vicinity of Mona High School where PNP supporters were earlier gathered to see party candidate for St Andrew eastern Hylton nominated.

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  • Marley family sues Fabian

    The Bob Marley Foundation and 56 Hope Road Music Limited have filed a lawsuit in the Commercial Court against entertainer Fabian Marley.

    The Bob Marley Foundation controls the rights to the Bob Marley name in Jamaica, while 56 Hope Road Music controls the rights to the name in the rest of the world.

    News emerged last month that a DNA test revealed that Fabian Marley is not the son of the reggae legend.

    In the documents filed in court on Wednesday, the companies are seeking an injunction to prevent Fabian Marley from using the Bob Marley name or associating himself or any of his business activities with Bob Marley's name or image.

    The court is also being asked to order Fabian Marley to stop using the name Marley and to change his last name.

    They are also seeking damages for Fabian using the Marley name for personal gains.

    The court documents state that the defendant was named Oniel Stanford when he was born in 1968 and changed his name by deed poll in 2012.

    They posit that Fabian Marley markets himself as the son of Bob Marley, which is likely to lead the public to believe that he and his music are associated with Bob Marley. They say he has been asked repeatedly to stop using the name, but has refused to do so.

     

     
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  • ELEPHANT MAN FREED OF RAPE CHARGES AFTER COMPLAINANT DIES

    After over 4 years, Dancehall artiste Elephant Man was today freed of rape charges after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.
     
    The entertainer appeared in the Home Circuit Court this morning on charges of rape, buggery and grievous sexual assault following an incident at his St. Andrew home in January 2012.
     
    However, the prosecution said it could offer no evidence against the artiste because the complainant has died and was buried on January 17.
     
    It is not clear how she died.
     
    It said it would not be allowed to submit the complainant’s written statement under the Evidence Amendment Act.
     
    Investigators said a woman filed a police report claiming that Elephant Man had sexually assaulted her.
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  • JLP mass rally victim was one of St James’ most wanted, says police

     

    While confirming the shooting deaths of two persons and the injury of three others at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) mass rally on Sunday, the St James Police have identified one of the victims as one of the parish’s most wanted criminals.

    Dead is 22-year-old Javin Campbell otherwise called ‘Javinci’, who is known to the police as a member of a gang that operates in the Flanker community in the parish.

    According to initial reports, the shooting incident occurred at approximately 10:20 pm – during the JLP mass meeting, being held at the Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay – following a dispute between persons who were in attendance at the mass rally.

    At the end of the shooting two men laid dead while three others received gunshot injuries and were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital for treatment.

    What’s more, the other deceased person has not yet been identified.

    The shooting was contained within the area where the dispute occurred and no shots were fired in the direction of the podium where Opposition Leader Andrew Holness was speaking at the time of the incident. 

    The police have launched an investigation in the matter and will provide further details.

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