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Stories by Livern Barrett

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Donald Trump, the polarising president of the United States, has been described as a "modern-day Michael Manley" by Leonard 'Gerry' Grindley, a Jamaican who has been acknowledged by the Republican Party in the US for his "dedication to the...

Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

An opposition senator, citing official documents, has revealed that close to 11,000 persons have been detained by the security forces since the first state of public emergency was imposed in St James in January.Additionally, according to Donna Scott...

Published:Friday | October 12, 2018 | 1:08 PMLivern Barrett

The Senate is now debating proposed changes to the Fisheries Act that will make it mandatory for persons fishing in Jamaican waters to have a valid licence issued by the state. However, Government Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who is piloting the...

Published:Thursday | October 11, 2018 | 1:09 PMLivern Barrett

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has announced plans to increase the $4,000 fee charged for marriage licences, which are issued largely to foreigners, suggesting that it makes Jamaica look like a “banana republic.”  However...

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:59 PMLivern Barrett

Government Senator Kamina Johnson Smith says the brazen killing of Pastor James Johnson inside his St Catherine church yesterday afternoon is a clear sign that criminals no longer subscribe to the unwritten code that violence against some...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 4:24 PMLivern Barrett

Murders and shootings have declined by 68 per cent in the six months since a State of Public Emergency was imposed in the St Catherine North Police Division, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reported. Holness, speaking in Parliament this...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Ernest 'Ernie' Smith, a former member of parliament for South West St Ann on a Jamaica Labour Party ticket, is among three attorneys who have gone to court seeking an order for the Government to pay them $143.5 million for breaches of their...

Published:Tuesday | September 11, 2018 | 12:16 PMLivern Barrett

The leadership of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is to be summoned to appear before a committee of Parliament that is seeking to examine the operations of the agency. The decision by the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 2:02 PMLivern Barrett

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) says it has identified the two policemen involved in an incident caught on video in which one of them appears to body slam a female motorcyclist to the ground. The oversight body has,...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 5:54 PMLivern Barrett

Four men who have waited over a decade to face a second murder trial for allegedly shooting an east Kingston man to death 17 years ago can still receive a fair trial, a High Court judge has ruled.

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

It took a jury 40 minutes to find a St Catherine man guilty of killing four people, including a man who was shot after it was discovered that he tried to hide his mobile phone during a robbery.The seven-member jury voted unanimously to convict...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 2:09 PMLivern Barrett

Bailiffs are now evicting disbarred attorney Harold Brady from his rental home in Cherry Gardens, St Andrew. This comes more than eight months after lawyers for the owners of the four-bedroom property went to court and obtained an eviction order...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:43 AMLivern Barrett

Prosecutors yesterday sought to portray St Thomas businessman Michael McLean as a cold, calculating killer who slashed the throats of three children and two women as a “blood sacrifice". But attorney-at-law Carlton Colman, who is...

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett

The attorney for the St Ann couple, who, along with their three adult sons, were sentenced yesterday to a total of 110 years in prison for stoning, then chopping a mentally-ill man to death, has taken issue with the punishment. “The sentences...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 9:20 AMLivern Barrett

Cabinet is expected to give consent shortly for the release of funds to pay legal fees owed to lawyers for police personnel facing murder charges arising from the so-called death squad cases. The cases, which involve about nine policemen, have...

Published:Thursday | February 8, 2018 | 4:25 PMLivern Barrett

The St James policeman who stole a motorcycle that was being held as evidence at the Barnett Street Police Station is to be sentenced on Tuesday, April 10 after pleading guilty in the St James Parish Court. Constable Jhanoye ...

Published:Friday | January 26, 2018 | 2:15 PMLivern Barrett

Outgoing Chief Justice Zaila McCalla says the staffing situation for employees at the Supreme Court is one of several issues that needs to be addressed urgently. McCalla says the employees have not been reviewed in decades. She says this is despite...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 1:28 PMLivern Barrett

The murder trial of a cop linked to the so-called police death squad cases failed to get underway today because of the government's failure to pay his legal fees. Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown was scheduled to go on trial for...

Published:Saturday | January 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The nation's outgoing chief justice yesterday delivered a parting shot to prosecutors and defence attorneys, warning that the days of the long, drawn-out trials with "excessive, irrelevant, and unnecessary cross-examinations" must become a thing of...

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Police commanders were instructed last year not to issue any more permits for 7th Harbour, the venue for the New Year's Day party that is being blamed for the traffic gridlock that shut down the highway leading to the Norman Manley International...

Published:Tuesday | January 2, 2018 | 8:21 AMLivern Barrett

The western Jamaica parish of St James with an estimated population of 180,000 people last year recorded more murders than the United States city of New York, which is home to 8.5 million people. The New York Daily News reports that there were...

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A senior police commander has cautioned rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), who are pressing the Government for better pay, that it "cannot be all about money".Senior Superintendent of Police Carl Ferguson, commanding...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaican authorities are now in possession of "a number" of extradition requests, made by their counterparts in the United States (US), for persons accused of being involved in the deadly lottery scam.Justice Minister Delroy Chuck acknowledged,...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The nation’s chief prosecutor Paula Llewellyn has revealed that there are plans to establish a dedicated court to deal with sexual offences, as a “tsunami” of sex-related cases threatens to cause more chaos for the already over-...

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

More than half of the over 1,500 murders recorded so far this year remain unsolved as rampant hoodlums continue to get away with serious criminal offences.A total of 1,562 persons were killed across the island between January 1 and last weekend, but...

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