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Police investigating murder of woman who came to St. Vincent to bury her mother

Police investigating murder of woman who came to St. Vincent to bury her mother

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jun 16, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines police are investigating the death of the 69-year-old sister of social commentator Renwick Rose, whose body was found bound and hanging at the home of another brother.

Police said that the New York based Antonia “Toni” Rose had arrived here to attend the funeral of her mother, Germaine “Granny” Rose, who was buried on May 26.

Her body was found Friday at the home her brother, Dexter Rose and his wife, Lotier. The murdered woman’s body was found by her sister-in-law when she returned to the house, where Antonia has been home alone on Friday.

Police say they are working on the theory that she was robbed then murdered.

Meanwhile, police have also launched an investigation into the death of a 15-year-old student, whose body was discovered on Saturday.

Police said that the female student died at hospital after she was found hanging.

The death of the student comes less than two weeks after a Mesopotamia man was found dead in similar circumstances.

On June 5, the mother of the 20-year-old resident of Glenside, Mesopotamia, found his body hanging at their home, police said.

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St.Lucia Police investigate 16th homicide for 2018


St. Lucia – June 14, 2018

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Anna Cecilia Mitchell of Flambouyant Crescent, Cap Estate, Gros Islet.

Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station were summoned to a residence at Cap Estate, about 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. On arrival the body of Anna Mitchell was discovered along her driveway and appeared to be lifeless.

Medical assistance was sought and she was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical practitioner.

A post mortem examination is scheduled for a subsequent date. This is the sixteenth recorded homicide for the year 2018.

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Marcia Gilbert-Roberts (left) and Eric Khant sig ning MOU (JIS Photo)

Jamaica signs MOU with United States to combat child trafficking

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jun 1, CMC – The United States is providing US$4.5 million in funding for projects and other activities over the next four years under an agreement with signed with Jamaica  for a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, which is aimed at combating the trafficking of children here.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy here, Eric Khant, said that the objective of the partnership is to save Jamaican children and at-risk youth from being trafficked.

Marcia Gilbert-Roberts (left) and Eric Khant sig ning MOU (JIS Photo)

“One of the most valuable assets for the future of any country is its young people – our children. We are pleased, therefore, that Jamaica was invited by the Government of the United States to participate in this project,” she told the signing ceremony on Thursday.

She said that the MoU signing represents another milestone in the relationship between the two countries, noting that ‘without partnerships of this kind, our journey towards achieving our targets under the sustainable development goals and Vision 2030 would certainly be more extensive and arduous”.

Khant said Washington is pleased to be partnering with Jamaica on this initiative, and stressed that human trafficking is a very serious offence which must be eliminated.

“Approximately 2.5 million people are victims of human trafficking every year and many of those victims are children. This type of modern-day slavery should not exist in our society…because of that, we work closely with our international partners to fight this heinous crime, and we’re delighted that we can now partner with Jamaica under this Child Protection Compact Partnership.”

He said the four-year agreement will help to strengthen Jamaica’s ability to prosecute and punish traffickers, identify and provide comprehensive services to victims and prevent these crimes from happening.

“Our hope is that together, we will be able to eliminate child trafficking altogether in Jamaica and the wider region,” he added.

Jamaica is the fourth country to have been selected for a CPC Partnership and the first country from the Caribbean region. The others are Ghana, Peru and the Philippines.

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Counterfeit EC Notes

Counterfeit EC Notes

Final EC Bank Notes Security Features (2017)

In a public service announcement, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is advising the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit notes.

This comes after the Financial Crime and Analysis Unit of the Royal Montserrat Police Service has confirmed that a sum of counterfeit EC notes has been confiscated in Montserrat.   

As a result, “The ECCB wishes to remind the public that counterfeit notes have no value, and that it is a criminal offence to use or be in possession of counterfeit notes.”

Further, “The ECCB urges the public to note the security features of genuine EC notes which include:

  1. A security thread with text reading “ECCB” which incorporated into the paper. The thread can be seen clearly through the paper.
  2. A serial number printed vertically on the left hand side and horizontally on the right hand side of the notes. No two notes of the same denomination bear the same serial number. 
  3. On the front left hand side, a watermark of Queen Elizabeth II can be seen when the note is held up to light. A watermark highlight, which reads “ECCB” can also be seen clearly when the note is held up to light.
  4. An image of several fishes, printed with special ink, which glows is at the centre of the back of the note.
  5. Genuine bank notes are printed on special paper which gives them a unique feel.”

Further information suggests that the notes of specific interest would be the higher denominations of $100.00 and $50.00, but of course not ignoring the others.

The authorities are requesting, on account of the information provided: “Persons who think they may be in possession of EC counterfeit notes, should report the matter to the Royal Montserrat Police Service. Telephone Numbers: 664-491-2555/6 and 999.

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Guyana fisherman killed after warning about smoking cocaine

 Friday, May 18, 2018

 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The police in Guyana have detained a man who allegedly stabbed to death a 45-year-old fisherman who refused to stop smoking cocaine in his presence on Friday.

Police said that Davanand Jailall, 38, was in the company of other fishermen in the Corentyne area when he was asked stop smoking the drug.

Reports said that he refused and one of the men grabbed a knife and repeatedly stabbed his colleague.

Police have not yet released the identity of the man being questioned in connection with the murder.

The man had reportedly fled the scene after the stabbing incident but was later arrested.

Investigators said the murder victim’s body bore at least 10 stab wounds, including one to his neck and another to the left side of his face

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Royal Montserrat Police Vessel (21)

The new Police vessel “HELICONIA STAR” arrives

After a voting process lasting over a month, the Montserrat community at home and abroad voted to name the new and long-awaited marine vessel, MV “Heliconia Star“, which arrived on Wednesday morning having sailed from Antigua to Montserrat with its crew and members of the marine unit here on board. It arrived in Montserrat on May 16, 2018, only a few days later than the originally estimated time of April.

The voting panel comprising the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police, the Head of the Marine Unit, the Financial Secretary, the Head of the Governor’s office and Ms Rose Willock, from a shortlist of seven names chose from the 138 suggested, the name for the new police vessel which arrived in Montserrat on May 16, 2018, to a waiting crowd of officials and onlookers.

This, after the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency had confirmed that no other vessel on the UK or Montserrat shipping register currently carries this name and it is therefore eligible to be used.

To a great welcome especially by the marine unit of the RMPS, former Governor Carriere is credited to have finally sealed the deal with HMG, which really came after the Montserrat media continually pressed especially the regional Jamaica resident of the need for and search and rescue capacity and not least security control of Montserrat’s borders.

The now described 80 feet vessel has been funded by the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), which runs from 2016 – 2020.  The funding for the vessel includes a three-year maintenance package. Thereafter, Government of Montserrat is expected to support maintenance.

The vessel is reportedly of fibreglass reinforced plastic hull and superstructure, a twin-screw patrol vessel capable of a range of 300 nautical miles and a speed of up to 32 knots. It is a Damen Stan Patrol 2205 Mk2; will have a crew of four. It can facilitate four more officers and it has a galley, sleeping and bathroom facilities. In addition, the vessel will have a ramp that mounts a twenty-foot rigid inflatable boat powered by an outboard motor. This last is claimed to be a special modification made to suit Montserrat’s needs.

An elated Commissioner Foster lauded the key stakeholders who he said were very instrumental in making their dream come true after a delay of more than two years. “It is a very happy feeling for the Heliconia Star to be finally on Montserrat after about two and a half years of working behind the scenes and in front of the scene with all the different stakeholders,” he told the media who tried unsuccessfully to draw out how and when the dream finally began to become a reality.

The person who suggested this name in the initial round was Ms Edith Duberry and we will be in touch with her to discuss the prize she will receive.

More in our next report on the MV Heliconia Star.


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People embrace outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School today.

At least eight dead in Texas high school shooting

Jamaica Observer

Friday, May 18, 2018

People embrace outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School today.

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — At least eight people were killed when a male student opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday, a local sheriff said, as President Donald Trump expressed his “heartbreak” over the “horrific” shooting.

The incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

“There are multiple fatalities,” the sheriff of Harris County, Ed Gonzalez, told a news briefing. “There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.”

The male teen suspect in custody was not immediately identified. A second possible person of interest was being questioned, Gonzalez told reporters.

A somber Trump, who was speaking at an event on prison reform at the White House, expressed “sadness and heartbreak” over the deadly shooting spree.

“This has been going on too long in our country,” Trump said. “We’re with you in this tragic hour.”

The shooting was the latest in what has become an all-too-familiar situation in American schools, where gun violence has become a part of everyday life.

Earlier this year, 17 students and staff were killed in a shooting at a Florida high school — a massacre that prompted survivors to launch a grassroots campaign against gun violence.

The US president, who has previously shied away from gun control measures in favor of arming teachers, said his administration was “determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves, and to others.”

– Multiple shots –
The shooting erupted before 8:00 am, as the school day was beginning.

“There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting, and this girl got shot in the leg,” an eyewitness identified as Nikki told local television station KTRK.

She said students fled the school in a panic, and several other students told local media they heard multiple gunshots.

The school district, which quickly imposed a lockdown, cleared the students from the campus, with television footage showing them leaving in a single file. No other schools had been affected.

Some students were evacuated to a nearby auto shop, where parents were picking up their children, according to CBS affiliate KHOU-TV.

Parent Richard Allen told KTRK he arrived at the school soon after the shooting and reported seeing a number of victims being taken away in ambulances.

“My son said someone went into the art room and started shooting a lot of the kids,” Allen said.

Student Paige Curry told local media that she heard gunshots and then a fire alarm, after which students were taken out by teachers to a nearby gas station.

“I saw some girl — she had, you know, she got shot in the kneecap, I guess. So she had a bandage around it. She was limping and then the firemen came and got her,” another student, who gave his first name as Tyler, told CBS.

A large contingent of police as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the incident.

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Wendell Robinson

Police Commission given green light to challenge suspension

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, May 12, CMC – Police Commissioner, Wendel Robinson, who in April had been suspended with immediate effect amid allegations that he made sexual advances towards three junior policemen, has been granted leave to challenging the actions of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Wendell Robinson
Wendel Robinson (File Photo)

High Court judge Rosalyn Wilkinson earlier this week granted Robinson leave to file for judicial review.

The matter is scheduled to be heard on June 6 and Robinson has been given until May 18 to formally file the application for judicial review.

The High Court has also granted him his request for the matter to be treated as urgent and has already named the Police Service Commission as the first respondent and the Attorney General as the second.

Robinson’s suspension came five days after Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin wrote to him, requesting that he respond to the allegations made by the officers that he asked at least one of them for sex and offered to pay.

Robinson, who has been in the post since 2015, was suspended on April 5.

In its letter informing him of the suspension, the PSC also indicated that he would receive 50 per cent of his salary until the outcome of a probe.

Robinson has argued that the actions of the PSC were unlawful and on April 13, and had written to the Commission threatening legal action if the suspension was not lifted on or before April 20.

But the PSC rejected the ultimatum.

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CCJ restores not guilty verdict in “Lusignan massacre” in Guyana

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 11, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice Friday restored the 2013 acquittals of  James Hyles and  Mark Williams over their alleged involvement in what has been dubbed the ‘Lusignan Massacre’, in Guyana despite substantial procedural errors at trial.

Gunmen on January 6, 2008, went from house to house on the East Coast Demerara village of Lusignan armed with high powered rifles and killed 11 people including five children, as they slept in their homes.  Hyles and Williams were indicted on 11counts of murder and during their trial the presiding judge allowed a request by Hyles’s attorney to question jurors, before they were sworn in, due to the widespread pre-trial publicity of the case.

CCCJThe trial judge as well as state and defence counsel actively participated in this exercise.

The main prosecution witnesses were two members of the gang allegedly responsible for the massacre, one of whom was charged in connection with the massacre. However, the charges against him were withdrawn a mere two weeks before the trial began.

Hyles and William both denied involvement in the killings, but the jury on found both men not guilty on August 2, 2013 on all counts.

The Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the acquittals, under the newly amended Court of Appeal Act, on the basis that there were material irregularities in the trial.

The Court of Appeal agreed, allowed the appeal, overturned the verdicts of not guilty and sent the matter back to the High Court for a retrial.

But in their appeal to the CCJ, Guyana’s highest court, the appellants urged the Court to allow the appeal on the basis that the DPP’s new power to appeal an acquittal breached their constitutional right to the protection of law. I

They argued that the new law offended the principle against double jeopardy, which prevents an accused person from being tried again on the same, or similar, charges and on the same facts.

However, the Court rejected this argument and reminded the appellants that the wording of the Constitution contemplated the possibility of such an appeal and that in principle, the rule against double jeopardy only protected acquittals which were affirmed by the appellate courts.

The Court held that the appellants’ acquittals did not fall into that category.

Before considering the specific procedural issues, the CCJ acknowledged that the requirement, that the acquittal had to be the result of a procedural error(s) or flaw(s) of the trial judge, was a steep hill for an appellate court to climb.

As such, the Court constructed a test specifically for application in prosecution appeals against acquittals. It held that that the prosecution must satisfy the Court that “given, on the one hand, the nature and weight on the evidence and, on the other hand, the seriousness of the judicial error(s) or procedural flaw(s) it can with a substantial degree of certainty be inferred that had the error(s) or flaw(s) not occurred, the trial would not have resulted in the acquittal of the accused”.

While the CCJ did not agree fully with the findings of the lower court, it found that there were some material irregularities, including the way in which the questioning of the jurors was conducted and the failure of the trial judge to investigate an allegation of improper communication between a juror and man alleged to be Hyles’ father.

However, on application of the test, the CCJ held that it could not with the required degree of certainty infer that the acquittals were the result of the errors and that it was possible that the jury simply did not believe, beyond reasonable doubt, the evidence presented by the state.

The CCJ allowed the appeal, set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal of Guyana and restored the jury’s verdict of acquittal of the appellants.

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Prime Minister Harris and Police High Command with new recruits from St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Police High Command welcomes new recruits from Grenada & St. Vincent and the Grenadines

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 10Twenty-nine young men from  Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines arrived here on Wednesday  to serve as officers in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF).

This stems from a renewed recruitment drive locally and regionally undertaken by the Service Improvement Directorate to attract individuals with strong academic and technical backgrounds to serve as officers in the Police Force.

Prime Minister Harris and Police High Command with new recruits from St. Vincent and the GrenadinesPrime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who is also National Security MInister, welcomed the recruits and   thanked them for choosing to serve the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in law enforcement.

“We hope that your experience will be a learning one and a very positive one. Certainly you will learn about other people in the Caribbean; you will learn about St. Kitts and Nevis in particular, and you will learn what it is to be a law enforcement officer.”

Harris told the aspiring police officers that by answering the call to serve they have signaled their intention to uphold the laws of the land and to do what is necessary to safeguard the peace and security for residents, citizens and visitors of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“The police everywhere have a responsibility to serve and protect people, keep our societies safe and, as it were, to help us maintain and minimize elements of crime within our countries, and so we will be counting on you to help make St. Kitts and Nevis the best place in which people can live, people can work, and people can enjoy life,” the National Security Minister said, while assuring the recruits that the St. Kitts and Nevis Government is fully committed to assisting the efforts of the police.

Commissioner of Police, Ian Queeley joined  Harris in thanking the recruits for their interest in serving the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, and stated that, “There are great opportunities to be had serving within this organization and we look forward to engaging you in a very meaningful way so that we can not only contribute to your growth and development, but you will contribute to the growth and development of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”


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