Three held on illegal gun, scamming charges
Members of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch arrested two males and a female for breaches of the Firearm Act and the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act 2013 during operations in Coral Spring, Trelawny, on Thursday.
The detainees are 21-year-old Chad-Wane Lewin, caretaker; 29-year-old Joedia Palmer, sales representative; and a teenage boy.
Reports are that between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., two operations were conducted in the area, where a search of a two-bedroom house occupied by the individuals led to the recovery of one FNH 5.7 pistol fitted with an empty magazine. One Visa debit card and a Samsung cellular phone were also found.
An analysis of the cellular phone revealed images with identity information of persons believed to be residing overseas.
All three persons were subsequently charged for the offences of illegal possession of firearm. Lewin was also charged for possession of identity information with intent and possession of access device.
A court date will be announced at a later date.
Ghanaian president visits Jamaica
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana will address the opening of the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference tomorrow as he completes a visit to several Caribbean countries.
The Ghanaian head of state, who will arrive today, will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness before addressing the media.
Akufo-Addo is also expected to engage in a number of other activities today, including a tour Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St Ann.
Tomorrow, he will meet with the leadership of The University of the West Indies (UWI) and give a floral tribute at the shrine of National Hero Marcus Garvey.
The Ghanaian president will wrap his visit tomorrow by giving remarks at the opening of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
Akufo-Addo will arrive in the island from Barbados, having also visited Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Berbudan man found guilty of murdering J’can
HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC):
A 22 year-old man will be sentenced on July 16 after he was found guilty of fatal shooting a Jamaican national two years ago.
On November 3, 2017, Morlan Steede, married and the father of a four-year-old daughter, was murdered by Kiari Tucker as he “ran for his life” while being chased through the back streets of Pembroke parish.
Tucker was found guilty on Thursday on charges that he murdered Steede and used a firearm to commit an indictable offence after five-and-a-half hours of deliberation.
The court heard that Steede, 30, was shot at least three times during the attack and died at the hospital where he had been rushed for treatment.
Tucker was arrested the next day after police found him hiding under clothes in a closet in his godmother’s apartment.
Tests later showed particles consistent with gunshot residue on his hands and on items of clothing found at his home.
Tucker denied the allegations and said he was not involved in the murder.
He told the jury he spent most of the evening selling crack cocaine and had no idea how gunshot residue got on to his clothing.
He admitted that he hid from police, but said he did so because he was afraid of going back to jail, not because he had shot Steede.
CARICOM reiterates call for end to embargo against Cuba
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers and their Cuban counterpart began a one-day meeting yesterday urging closer collaboration in trade and other issues while denouncing moves by the United States to continue to seek to isolate Havana.
Grenada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Peter David said that the Sixth CARICOM Cuba Ministerial meeting was being held at a “most opportune moment” as the countries seek to deal with the latest moves by Washington.
“We denounce in the strongest terms this tightening of the unjust US economic, financial and commercial embargo against Cuba,” David said.
Earlier, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque referred to the trade embargo as “unjust”, adding that CARICOM “reiterates its call for an immediate and unconditional end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the government of the United States of America against Cuba”.