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January 24, 2014
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Accused charged with wounding given bail

A man accused of wielding a machete and a ratchet knife was given bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

He is Odane Thompson, a high-school groundsman charged with felonious wounding.

The Crown alleged that Thompson attacked the complainant and chopped him on the right side of his neck, while saying "A kill me a go kill you!" It is further alleged that Thompson used a knife to cut the complainant in three places on his left hand. The complainant was said to have been helped by neighbours.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey gave Thompson bail in the sum of $100,000. He was ordered to return to court on February 28 for trial.

85-y-o Beryl Brown reported missing

Eighty-five-old Beryl Brown, of Greenwich Avenue, Kingston 13, has been missing since Wednesday, January 22. She is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 160 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

Reports from the Hunts Bays police are that Brown was last seen about 12:10 p.m. dressed in a pink dress and a pair of black slippers. All efforts to contact her have been proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Beryl Brown is being asked to contact the Hunts Bays police at 923-6197, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

Two convicted for fraudulent transactions

Lawmen attached to the Lottery Scam Task Force (LSTF) have secured two convictions for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act in the Montego Bay Circuit Court in St James.

On Monday, January 20, 21-year-old Marlon Davis of Grange Pen, Lilliput, St James, pleaded guilty for breaching the act and on Wednesday, 24-year-old George Thompson of Wagon Wheel district, Lilliput, also pleaded guilty when he appeared in court.

Reports are that Thompson was arrested on July 17, 2013; after he was searched and a quantity of lead lists was found in his possession, while Davis was arrested on December 28, 2013, during an operation.

Both men were charged with possession of identity information and will be sentenced today.

Man remanded for cocaine in luggage

A man alleged to be in possession of cocaine was remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Charged with possession of, dealing in, conspiracy to import, and importing cocaine is Robert Clarke of a Kingston 14 address.

stopped search

The Crown is alleging that the accused arrived in Jamaica at the Norman Manley International Airport on a Fly Jamaica flight when he was stopped and his luggage searched.

His suitcase was found to contain nine pairs of sneakers and a pair of slippers, which allegedly had a white powdery substance resembling cocaine. The substance weighed five pounds, seven ounces (2.6 kilograms) and was concealed in the soles.

It was also revealed that the accused left to go abroad without the knowledge of his parents, who had filed a missing persons report.

A probation report was subsequently ordered by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey. Clarke is to return to court on February 9.

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