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Published:Sunday | January 22, 2023 | 1:42 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

More than $500 million has been returned to victims of fraud over the past decade, local authorities disclosed on Friday. The revelation comes amid fears that the alleged $3 billion fraud uncovered at the firm Stocks...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2023 | 1:49 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Colombian drug lords appear to have ramped up their use of Jamaica’s territorial waters as they seek to get record levels of cocaine to lucrative international markets, local law enforcement operatives have theorised. The suggestion comes as...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2023 | 1:44 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The Government’s repeated use of 14-day states of emergency (SOEs) will make it easier to convince a judge that it is being used as a “device” to circumvent the Jamaican Parliament, legal experts have asserted. The legal opinion by the attorneys...

Published:Sunday | December 25, 2022 | 1:25 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The best Christmas Camelia Miller enjoyed as a child was in 2015. Four months before that, the then 14-year-old with a turbulent childhood was among 40 children housed at a government-run facility. That’s when Leonie McLean, a caregiver at the...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2022 | 5:37 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

His first victims over a 12-year span were two men, ages 20 and 26 years old, who were shot dead in an incident in St Catherine in 2010. Since then, this cop has been involved in 14 shooting incidents across seven parishes that ended with the...

Published:Monday | November 21, 2022 | 12:05 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

More than 7,000 guns are currently in circulation for which the permits have lapsed, Jamaica’s firearms regulator has disclosed. The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) revealed, too, that 299 legally registered guns have been reported lost or stolen...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2022 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Cybercriminals used an Internet protocol (IP) address based in Jamaica last Thursday to distribute some 1,160 malware attacks per hour to devices here and overseas, the agency that monitors the country’s cybersecurity space has disclosed. This...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s second-highest court has turned away a last-gasp attempt by a convicted drug boss to hold on to his portfolio of assets worth over $500 million. The Court of Appeal, on Friday, refused an application by lawyers for Andrew Hamilton for...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2022 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A move by two government lawmakers to sit with independent legislator George Wright while he made a presentation in Parliament last week is not an indication that the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has softened its position on his banishment...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Andrew Hamilton, the Jamaican drug boss who was ordered by the court to turn over a portfolio of assets valued at more than $500 million to the Government, has made a last-gasp attempt to hold on to them. Lawyers for Hamilton and members of his...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The top brass of the Jamaican army “protected” a senior officer after he was accused in 2006 of sexually assaulting a female colleague, multiple sources have charged. The claim comes as a senior officer is now at the centre of sex assault...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Isat Buchanan, the attorney who has two convictions for drug-related crimes, was appointed as a justice of the peace (JP) by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, court documents have revealed. The appointment is dated May 29, 2019, according to the...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A “final” order issued last week by the Jamaican Supreme Court has kindled renewed optimism for a father locked in a four-year international tussle to regain custody of his minor son. Desmond McKenzie, who resides in Portland, has not spoken to his...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2022 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The public was kept in the dark about a 2020 data breach of a Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) billing platform that left confidential customer information wide open on the Internet, a whistleblower has revealed. The platform was developed by...

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The fallout from the “massive” ransomware attack on Massy Jamaica Distribution Limited could be “catastrophic” for swathes of Jamaican consumers and companies, particularly those who are still unaware that their confidential data were left wide...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A Jamaican drug boss who amassed a $1-billion portfolio of assets that included more than two dozen luxury homes and cars has lost half of it to the Government. And financial investigators have already gone to court and obtained a restraint order...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Seeing their police station immersed in several feet of water as a result of Tropical Storm Ian last week was not what the residents of Green Acres in St Catherine had in mind when they petitioned for it. Now they are even more distressed at the...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

An agreement is in place for the Government to reimburse Jamaica College’s (JC) portion of the $23.3-million severance payment to Ruel Reid to secure his resignation as principal, the attorney for the school board has claimed. This assertion by...

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A Sunday Gleaner probe has uncovered troubling details about the processes that resulted in two alleged crime bosses getting gun permits, one of which triggered investigations into several high-ranking members of the police force. An unnamed...

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Chantal Blake McCalla vanished almost seven months ago, leaving four young children without a mother. Similar to the case of missing social media personality Donna-Lee Donaldson, her last known contact was with her husband, businessman Shane...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

St Catherine Southern Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson has locked horns with Scotiabank Jamaica, filing a lawsuit in the Supreme Court challenging the legality of cheque-cashing fees imposed by the financial institution on its customers. The court...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Demar Sparks, the proprietor of a start-up firm that collected millions of dollars for parcels of lands in a failed Trelawny housing development, does not have a licence to operate as a real estate dealer, developer or salesman, a state regulatory...

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Shirley Pinnock-Barclay’s* husband was sceptical, but she convinced him to shell out almost $1 million to purchase a plot of land they saw being advertised on social media as part of a new housing development. Barbara Gonzalez* paid down $1.1...

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A gun that remains in the hands of criminals has been used to murder and maim almost 30 people, leaving a trail of bodies, blood and tears across the Jamaican capital within the last two-plus years. Tests have revealed that this so-called ‘wanted’...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2022 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

More than 45,000 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the country gained political Independence 60 years ago, police statistics have revealed. A review of the figures shows that nearly two-thirds of those killings – or 29,642 – happened since...

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