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Man denied bail on charges of sexually assaulting a minor

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 18, CMC – A 53-year-old man has been denied bail after he appeared before a city magistrate on charges of sexual penetration and sexual touching of a seven-year-old girl.

Ted Dookie, 53, appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed charged with one count of sexual penetration and two counts of sexual touching against a minor. He will return to court on May 1.

court rulThe court heard that the incidents are alleged to have occurred between December 17, 2017 and Thursday February 1, this year.

Meanwhile, a 56-year-old man charged with raping a 12-year-old girl and molesting her 13-year-old sister, has been committed to stand trial in the High Court.

Hubert Mannette was granted TT$200,000 (One TT dollar=US$0.17 cents) bail after he was charged with charged with two counts of sexual touching of a 13-year-old girl and one count of sexual penetration of a 12-year-old girl.

Police said they have also charged a 26-year-old man with two counts of having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14-years-old and one count of sexual penetration of a female child on March 26 this year.

Anthony Michael Mitchell, who was granted TT$100,000, has since been committed to stand trial in the High Court. He has been ordered not to come within 500 feet of the alleged victim or have any form of communication with her.

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Police detain two Chinese nationals, millions of dollars in goods seized

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 17, CMC – Jamaica police have detained two Chinese nationals after seizing counterfeit goods estimated at more than J$100 million (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) at a business establishment in the capital on Monday.

CountergoodsThe seizure is the second within a two week period involving Chinese nationals. On April 3, law enforcement officials seized J$500 million worth of counterfeit clothing and shoes at two establishments in the capital.

Six Chinese nationals were arrested and two have since been charged with breaches of the Trademark Act.

Assistant Superintendent at the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), Victor Barrett, said in the latest incident, the police raided two establishments after getting intelligence that counterfeit goods were at these locations.

He said a wide assortment of brands, such as Nike, Puma, Converse and Gucci, were seized during the raid.

He said two Chinese nationals were assiting the police in their investigations.

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Vladjimir Legagneur

Media association condemns silence of police as search continues for missing journalist

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Mar 27, CMC – The National Association of Haitian Media (ANMH) Tuesday said it is concerned at the silence of the police and judicial authorities following the disappearance of photo-journalist Vladjimir Legagneur.

The ANMH said that he left for an assignment in Grand-Ravine, in the district of Martissant, on March 14, the one of the areas where, in recent years, gang clashes have been particularly violent.

Vladjimir Legagneur
Vladjimir Legagneur

The ANMH said it was calling on the Director General of the National Police of Haiti and the Government Commissioner of the jurisdiction of Port-au-Prince “to make every effort to find Vladjimir Legagneur and reassure his family, his loved ones and his colleagues”.

The media group said that while many officials including Limond Toussaint, the Minister of Culture of Communication, have expressed some concern about the disappearance of the photo-journalist he has not been found.

The ANMH said that Toussaint statement that the police and judicial authorities “are hard at work “is the first official reaction of the government in this matter.

The spokesman for the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Frantz Lerebours, said the authorities have received no information regarding the journalist’s disappearance.

“In such cases, without a ransom demand, we fear a fatal outcome,” he said, adding “the situation is very worrying but we cannot presume of his death without having found his body.”

The head of the Latin America office of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Emmanuel Colombié, has also expressed concern about the slow pace of the investigation.

“It is extremely worrying that, 10 days after his disappearance, the police were unable to bring no new element,” he added.

In recent years, a number of people including journalists and media workers have disappeared without ever having been found.

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Man jailed after abducting six-year-old girl

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 30, CMC – High Court judge Brian Cottle has sentenced a 24-year-old man to five and  half years in jail after he was found guilty of abducting a six-year-old child and attempting to rape her earlier this month.

The judge sentenced Kural Baptiste to one year imprisonment for abduction, two years for indecent assault, and six years for attempted rape. The sentences will run concurrently and will include a discount for the time the man spent on remand. The exact date of the incident was not disclosed except that it occured in March.

Baptiste pleaded guilty to the charge when he was arraigned one week earlier.

courtThe court heard that on the date in question, the victim went to use an outside toilet and the defendant saw her and waited until she was finished. He later took her to his house, kissed her on her lips and undressed her.

The defendant also undressed himself and attempted to have sex with the child.

He, however, abandoned the crime and gave the child an EC$0.25 cents( One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents)  coin and let her out of the house.

The child’s mother, who had gone in search of her, saw her exiting the house and questioned her. She reported the matter to the police.

When he came up for sentencing on Thursday, attorney Ronald Marks, who had defended Baptiste during the preliminary inquiry noted that his former client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

He said that while a psychiatric evaluation of Baptiste he had requested had not been provided, the guilty plea was a powerful mitigating factor, which, he said, was buttressed by the fact that at 34 years old, Baptiste had no previous convictions.

The lawyer said that the offences for which Baptiste had pleaded guilty were quite out of character for the man and that Baptiste had told the social worker that at the time of the crime he was in such a drunken state that his judgement was altered.

He said that Baptiste had shown remorse via his guilty plea.

But in handing down his sentence, Justice Cottle noted the seriousness of the offences, adding that abduction can attract a maximum sentence of five years, while the maximum penalty for rape or attempted rape is life imprisonment.

The judge noted that Baptiste had pleaded guilty and had expressed remorse and that the accused had realised that his conduct was wrong and had stopped, and this is why he would not get a more severe sentence.

“It is good that you stopped but you shouldn’t have started,” the judge said, adding that there is no way to know how the ordeal might affect the girl when she is grown.

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Fifth person charged over Bermudian’s murder

NOTTINGHAM, England, Mar 24, CMC – A 15-year-old girl has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of Bermudian teenager Lyrico Steede in England.

crimmeNottinghamshire police said she was the fifth person to be charged in the investigation of the 17-year-old, who was stabbed in an attack at Hempshill Lane Recreation Ground before he was chased and left with serious injuries on the outskirts of this East Midlands City on February 13.

He died in hospital six days later.

Kasharn Campbell, 19, of no fixed address, and two 17-year-old boys — who cannot be named for legal reasons — have been charged with murder and are to go on trial on October 2.

A 17-year-old girl has also been charged with assisting an offender and is to appear at Nottingham Youth Court on April 3.

Steede moved to Nottingham five years ago to live with family and his Bermudian relatives have organised a fundraiser to take his body home for the funeral.

His mother had only recently moved to Britain.

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Sylvester Silcott.

Sylvester Silcott: Tributes paid to dad-of-two stabbed to death in Homerton outside St Patrick’s Day party

Hackney Gazette, UK

PUBLISHED: 21 March 2018 | UPDATED:  22 March 2018

Another man told the Gazette: “This is a shock for the whole Montserrat community, not just the young but the old as well.”

Sylvester Silcott.

Sylvester Silcott.

Friends of the man stabbed to death at a St Patrick’s Day party in Homerton have demanded justice for “someone who was truly loved”.

 Tyrone “Sylvester” Silcott, 42, was stabbed multiple times outside Jasmine Lewis’s home in Towpath Walk on Sunday at 8.15am. Emergency services tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ms Lewis had invited about 40 members of the Montserratian community over, and the party was still going when her best friend Sylvester was attacked. She had known him since they were children and said he was “like a brother”.

“We are Montserratians so we celebrate St Patrick’s Day,” she said. “We all come together and party until morning. Everything was so good and then this happens.

“Sylvester would do anything for me – we were very close. He was my best friend. A lovable person. Always joking.”

She added: “I took him to bingo. We were bingo freaks. Everybody loves him in Stratford. People come here crying because he was such a sweet guy.”

Sylvester worked at Mr Clutch in Leyton and had two young children in Birmingham he visited at weekends. Police say he had an argument with another partygoer that spilled outside, where he was attacked.

“It was just a little argument,” said Ms Lewis, “and then he came outside to stand up and wanted fresh air, and that was it.

“I just turned my back, and was coming to my door and I heard screaming.

“I see him dropping on the floor right there. I didn’t even see what happened. It’s a sad thing,”

Another neighbour said none of his friends would ever get over what happened and said “justice will be served”.

“This was not a criminal,” she said. “This was not a gang member. This was someone who was truly loved: a productive member of the community who shared love and life, and I’m going to miss him so much.”

Fighting back tears as she pointed to the the spot where Sylvester collapsed, now marked by five candles, she said: “He loved life. He was life and he lived life until the day he fell down there.

“We could keep you here all day with stories about him.”

Another man told the Gazette: “This is a shock for the whole Montserrat community, not just the young but the old as well.”

Michael Wood, who employed Sylvester at Mr Clutch, said everyone who knew him in Leyton was in tears when they found out. “He was very jovial, a happy person who was never angry and always smiling,” he said. “None of us can come to grips with it.”

A man, 30, arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released under investigation.

Witnesses and anyone with any information are being urged to call the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

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State of Emergency Declared in a Second Parish in Jamaica






Prime Minister Andrew Holness (at podium) declares a State of Public Emergency for the St. Catherine North Police Division. Pictured (from left) are: Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade; Acting Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake; National Security Minister Robert Montague; Justice Minister Delroy Chuck; and incoming Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson. (Photo credit: J IS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday March 20, 2018
– A slew of murders and rampant crime in parts of the … parish of St Catherine has prompted authorities to declare a State of Public Emergency in a second parish since the start of the year.

On the heels of the State of Public Emergency in St James – which was declared in January and has been extended until May 2 – Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday declared a similar state of affairs in the St Catherine North Police Division, for 14 days in the first instance.

A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)/Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) team was deployed to the area yesterday morning to undertake enhanced security measures, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.

Police reported last night that 94 people were detained yesterday, 24 of whom were later released. Of the remainder, 20 were processed and kept overnight, while the remaining 50 were being processed with a view to determine whether they will be further detained or released.

In announcing the State of Public Emergency at a press conference, Prime Minister Holness said the move was necessary as crime and violence, particularly murders, had been escalating in the St Catherine North Police Division.

The area has recorded 49 murders since the start of the year, mainly due to gang activity.

“Under these enhanced security measures, the security forces will have extraordinary powers and some (citizens’) rights will be suspended,” Holness said.

He advised that the security forces would have the power to search; detain persons without a warrant; and curtail the operating hours of businesses as well as access to venues.

Additionally, all persons using roads leading into and out of St Catherine North and their vehicles will be subject to search.

“In various areas, there will be joint static and mobile patrols. Persons may also be stopped at various checkpoints,” the Prime Minister further indicated.

However, he assured that the security forces’ use of that authority could not be arbitrary or beyond review.

“The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and (to) protect the dignity and safety of all Jamaicans,” he emphasized.

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Police investigating mysterious deaths

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 14, CMC – Police are investigating the deaths of three people, who died after reportedly consuming an alcoholic beverage following a funeral.

death investigationHealth authorities confirmed that the three “healthy” persons from Coolie Town in Marigot, west of here died within a day of each other.

They did not identify the three people except to say they were a 45-year-old woman, and two men ages 35 and 40. Police said one person is assisting their investigations.

Media reports here said that the three people died this week after drinking an “alcoholic” beverage following a funeral.

The police are said to be investigating a possible link between the deaths and the robbery of a toxic spirit from the north of the island last week, which they suspect was being sold on the black market as alcohol.

The Ministry of Health said it would be issuing an official statement on the matter but in the meantime is warning persons from purchasing, selling, or ingesting any suspicious looking drink.

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Police seize plane, arrest several people

PARAMAIRBO, Suriname, Mar 14, CMC – Police seized an aircraft with more than 400 kilograms of cocaine and have arrested seven people including two “foreigners”, according to a statement released here.

The arrests come less than two weeks after a submarine with drugs was discovered on a remote property in District Saramacca, but while the aircraft was found in the same vicinity, authorities here are reluctant to say that there is a link between the two.

Cocaine suriname
Cocaine seized in Suriname

“It was not clear yet to which extent there was a relationship between the aircraft and the submarine,” according to the statement released on Wednesday by police, noting that the aircraft had been discovered near the East-West highway in District Saramacca, west of Paramaribo.

The plane, a four-seater Cessna Centurion twin-prop, was apparently forced to land, after taking off from an airstrip that has been constructed on a parcel of agricultural land. The statement described the airstrip as two-kilometres long and “advanced”.

The police have not yet released the names of those arrested but said there were two “foreigners” and five Surinamese nationals.

Media reports have linked the ownership of the land to the same person who owns the property where the submarine was discovered.

The flat semi-submersible vessel was found stuck in the mud of a shallow river in District Saramacca, a few kilometres off the coast with western neighbour Guyana. Its engine appeared broken. It is not clear when exactly it entered Suriname.

Police have said that they found the boat after receiving leads from international partners. So far police have arrested eight foreigners in connection with the sub-marine; seven Colombian nationals and one Cuban who resides in Suriname illegally.

Opposition legislator Edward Belfort has called on the authorities to investigate what happened to the drugs the boat allegedly came here to collect.

“These types of submarines are capable of transporting at least 10,000 kilograms of cocaine at a time. So that means there is 10,000 kilograms of cocaine somewhere in Suriname that they had to pick up or dropped off. Where is it?” Belfort said, adding that he is worried that Suriname is becoming the narcotics barn of the region.

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Four people, including two school children, killed

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 14, CMC – Police said the bodies of four people, including two secondary school children, were found in a house at La Brea , south of here, on Tuesday night.

crimmeeThe authorities said retired teacher, Michael Scott, 69, appeared to have been bludgeoned to death while the bodies of his tenant, Abigail Chapman, 35, her 16 year-old daughter, Olivia, and Olivia’s friend, Mickela Mason, 14, were also found in the apartment.

Mickela’s throat was slit and the two other females appeared to have been beaten to death. The teenage girls were pupils of the Point Fortin East Secondary School.

Police have not given any motive for the killings. So far more than 100 people have been murdered here.

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