- Not interfering with judicial independence – PM
- March 5 by-election for St Andrew North-West
- St James Police release list of eight wanted persons
- One of St James’ most wanted charged
- St Mary restaurant operator shot, killed
- Murder-accused McLean demands INDECOM intervention
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has scoffed at claims that his decision to appoint Bryan Sykes to act as the country’s chief justice is an attempt to overstep the bounds into the affairs of the judiciary. “The notion that the acting appointment is for me to interfere with the freedom of the judiciary is far-fetched. In my two years as prime minister, I have never communicated with judges on legal matters or their roles,” declared Holness in response to questions from The Sunday Gleaner. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced March 5 as the date for the by-election in St Andrew North West for constituents to elect a replacement for Derrick Smith who has resigned after 29 years. Nomination Day is February 12. Businessman Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be challenged by Padmore Primary School Principal Keisha Hayle of the People’s National Party. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
The St James police have compiled and released a new list of persons that they say are wanted for various crimes committed in the western parish. A female is included among the eight persons police are urging to report to the nearest police station by mid-day tomorrow. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
The St James police say one of Area One’s most wanted men was charged with two counts of murder and one count of wounding with intent on Saturday. He is 27-year-old Kirk Stevens, otherwise called ‘Wanka’ or ‘Shattam’, a music producer of Flankers or Guango Crescent, in St James. The charges were laid after Stevens reported to the police about 6 o’ clock on Saturday morning in the company of his lawyer. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
A restaurant operator became the fourth person to be killed in St Mary on Saturday night. He has been identified as 41-year-old Miguel Pottinger, of Bottom Bay in Annotto Bay. Police reports are that about 10:30, Pottinger and his common-law wife and 17-year-old son were at home when an armed man kicked off the front door to their house. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
A judge this morning ordered police personnel to remove murder accused Michael McLean from the courtroom after he again became boisterous. McLean’s latest outburst came after doctors from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) revealed, in court, that he was evaluated over the weekend and they saw nothing that would prevent his trial from continuing. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.