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Former commish questions state of emergency
Former Police Commissioner Hardley Lewin has questioned the declaration of a state of emergency in St James. Lewin, who was also a former head of the army, said he is not a fan of employing states of emergency for internal security operations, except in circumstances where they are manifestly justified.
"A state of emergency is the ultimate tool in the law enforcers' toolbox. When taken from its box, it must be used for the shortest time possible and must be a first step in a bigger overall plan," he said.
"It is not a tool to be trifled with because if badly handled, it can be like a Spanish machete, i.e. it is as likely to cut the wielder as its intended victim.
"We must resist the temptation to pull this tool even when urged to do so by popular opinion. We cannot run the risk of having our state of emergency turning into a farce."
Bogus visa documents lands men in jail
Two men who reportedly used forged documents in an attempt to secure visas have been arrested. The men were locked up on Friday with uttering forged documents and forgery at the Spanish Embassy.
They reportedly submitted applications and documents for visas at the embassy. However, checks were carried out which resulted in the documents being found to be forged.
A man who the police believe is mad was hit down by a motor vehicle on Dunrobin Avenue, St Andew, on Sunday. The man, who has not been identified, died.
According to the police, the man attempted to cross the road and was hit by a vehicle that did not stop. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Bloody Saturday in Old Harbour bus park
Two persons were shot and killed in the East Street bus park in Old Harbour, St Catherine, on Saturday evening.
One of the victims has been identified as Kevin Williams, 26, a conductor of Williams Place in Old Harbour. The other is a gunman, who was killed by a cop. He has not been identified.
According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, about 5:15 p.m., a man entered the bus park, approached a group and opened gunfire. Three persons were shot and injured. The explosions alerted a policeman who was in the town. He went to investigate but was challenged by the gunman, who opened fire at him. The gunman was killed by the cop.
Six-year-old murder in St Thomas
The quiet community of Georgia in St Thomas has been rocked by a triple murder.
Maureen Smith, 45, David Anderson also 45, otherwise called 'Boom Boom' and six-year-old Odette Anderson were discovered dead at their home on Saturday morning.
Police who processed the scene found the bodies with several wounds. No motive has been established for the killings.
Murder at funeral
Despite St James being saturated with police and soldiers, a daring gunman was able to commit murder at a funeral in Quarry in the parish on Saturday.
The police said that five persons, one of whom has died, were shot. One firearm was seized during the incident. According to the police, armed men opened gunfire at a group of persons during a funeral. Mourners were attending the funeral of Oshane 'Ganda' Duhaney, the alleged leader of the Waltham gang.
Duhaney was murdered several weeks ago in St Ann.