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January 24, 2018
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (centre) chats with Ibo Cooper (right), chairman of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, at Monday's launch of Reggae Month at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge in Kingston. Sharing the moment are (from left) Senator Matthew Samuda; reggae artiste Etana, and Kamal Bankay, member of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.

Juvenile charged with murder

A St James juvenile has been charged with murder.

The boy, who is scheduled to appear before the St James Family Court on Thursday, is accused of killing 33-year-old Koyodian Grant, otherwise called 'Rasta', a craft vendor of Lap Land, Catadupa, St James. Grant was shot and killed in Ironshore on Sunday.

The police said the teenager was picked up in his community by lawmen during the current state of emergency in St James.

Cop loses appeal against murder conviction

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of a policeman who was convicted of murder in 2013.

Lescene Edwards had appealed his conviction and his 35-year sentence. However, the Court of Appeal said his murder conviction should stand. The court also ruled that he should serve 20 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

Edwards was convicted of using his police service pistol to shoot Aldonna Harris-Vasquez, a married woman with whom he had a relationship, in a bathroom in September 2003.

Police find devil-worshipping altars

Members of the security forces have been discovering altars used to facilitate devil worshipping. That is the claim from national security minister Robert Montague, who described it as a most dangerous trend.

"Some people are playing with things they know nothing about and opening gates they cannot close," Montague said.

"The savagery, the brutality and horrific nature of some crimes point to sacrifices to these evil forces," he said.

Montague apologises for 'obeah uncle' comment

National Security Minister Robert Montague has apologised for the "obeah man uncle" comment he made a year ago.

"It was meant to be a joke, but many persons were not amused. They were offended and rightly so. I want to apologise for the remark and the offensiveness it has caused and to give the assurance, and publicly state, that I am not into devil or evil worship in no way, shape or form," Montague said.

Fitz Jackson, the opposition spokesman on national security, said the apology was long overdue.

"The business of the nation's security and the lives of our people is not a joking matter and I hope it does not happen again," Jackson said.

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