More than 1,000 murders in eight months
The murder toll in Jamaica has surpassed 1,000 mark with four months remaining, the Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting.
According to the police, 1,005 homicides have been recorded as at August 26.
That figure stands as the total number of people murdered for the entire year in 2014, which was the lowest in the last five years.
Citing the statistics at a press briefing yesterday afternoon, Peter Bunting, opposition spokesman on national security, said the latest figures reflect 197 more murders or a 24.4 per cent increase when compared with the similar period in 2016.
Bunting said that the statistics also show that other major crimes have gone up.
Among the crimes that have increased are shootings and motor vehicle theft.
Meanwhile, data obtained by our news team shows that 140 people have been murdered so far this month.
In Clarendon, where there has been an onslaught of violence in recent times, the tally in the parish now stands at 105.
Children are among the latest statistics in that parish whose lives have been snuffed with the use of the gun.
Our news team understands that there was a triple killing in St Mary on Monday.
Lincoln 'Blacks' Crossdale, 33, Ricardo 'Ricky' Griffiths, 25, and 24-year-old Sherwayne Campbell, all of Annotto Bay in St Mary, were gunned down on a farm in Long Road.
St James continues to lead with homicides, with the parish recording murders up to Monday, August 28.