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Published:Sunday | July 31, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Chantal Blake McCalla vanished almost seven months ago, leaving four young children without a mother. Similar to the case of missing social media personality Donna-Lee Donaldson, her last known contact was with her husband, businessman Shane...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

St Catherine Southern Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson has locked horns with Scotiabank Jamaica, filing a lawsuit in the Supreme Court challenging the legality of cheque-cashing fees imposed by the financial institution on its customers. The court...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Demar Sparks, the proprietor of a start-up firm that collected millions of dollars for parcels of lands in a failed Trelawny housing development, does not have a licence to operate as a real estate dealer, developer or salesman, a state regulatory...

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Shirley Pinnock-Barclay’s* husband was sceptical, but she convinced him to shell out almost $1 million to purchase a plot of land they saw being advertised on social media as part of a new housing development. Barbara Gonzalez* paid down $1.1...

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A gun that remains in the hands of criminals has been used to murder and maim almost 30 people, leaving a trail of bodies, blood and tears across the Jamaican capital within the last two-plus years. Tests have revealed that this so-called ‘wanted’...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2022 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

More than 45,000 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the country gained political Independence 60 years ago, police statistics have revealed. A review of the figures shows that nearly two-thirds of those killings – or 29,642 – happened since...

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2022 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A fraudulent ‘SIM-swap’ scheme, which allows cybercriminals to “hijack” cellular phones and gain access to sensitive personal information, has been used to swipe nearly $100 million from more than two dozen bank accounts over the last 18 months,...

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Without disclosing any supporting data, the labour ministry has asserted that there were no financial losses to taxpayers from the nearly $3 billion worth of shares the National Insurance Fund (NIF) purchased more than seven years ago in breach of...

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2022 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

One of the men who mounted the first legal challenge against the state of emergency (SOE) in 2020 said his motivation was to establish a precedent for the use of the enhanced security measure, particularly in inner-city communities. The St Andrew...

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Over the last 18 months, Jamaican financial investigators have tracked down nearly $2 billion in assets they believe were acquired through illicit activities. The assets – mainly real estate – are included in 27 asset forfeiture or money laundering...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2022 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s crime chief Fitz Bailey says the nine weapons and hundreds of bullets seized on the North-South Highway on Friday evening could have “slipped through the cracks” if he had not taken the actions he did. Bailey, a deputy police commissioner...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2022 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Improper waste disposal and poor garbage collection in informal settlements across the island are among the issues that pose a danger to the environment, noted geologist Dr Parris Lyew Ayee Jr. It is even more detrimental when there are droughts,...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A teacher accused of repeatedly engaging in sex acts with underage female students at two high schools where he was employed has been jailed on over a dozen sex-related charges, The Sunday Gleaner has confirmed. In addition, investigations have...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

It was expected to be another routine visit for Andrew Gosselin* when he showed up to fulfil his mandatory reporting requirement with authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) last week. Gosselin, who spent three years in prison before his release...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Finding a decent free or low-cost public bathing beach anywhere in Jamaica is not for the faint-hearted. There are 76 public beaches scattered across all parishes, except Kingston, that are either free or cost up to $500 for entry, according to the...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Amid preparations for the resumption of jury trials in Jamaica after a two-year break, court officials dispatched 4,500 summonses for prospective jurors. Circuit courts for Kingston...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The foundation operated by Jamaican international music star Shaggy has not filed mandatory audited financial statements for the last two years, placing itself in danger of being stripped of its charity status, the agency that regulates charitable...

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2022 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The lifetime ban imposed on an attorney who failed for several years to hand over almost $3 million in payment won by his client in a lawsuit has been affirmed by Jamaica’s second-highest court. Debayo Adedipe was found guilty of professional...

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2022 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans have largely turned their backs on a $100-million fund that was created nearly five years ago to reward persons assisting law enforcement in efforts to recover illegal guns. Although a few have taken advantage of the initiative, some are...

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Nearly $280 million in fines was extracted from Jamaicans under the legislation used by the Government to manage the local outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, new figures have revealed. The $276 million windfall came from 19,423 cases against 17,288...

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2022 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A plot to kill a “potential witness” in a criminal case is among over a dozen crimes investigators have traced to a Clarendon gang that allegedly counted eight cops among its members, a top police official has revealed. The crimes mainly include...

Published:Sunday | February 20, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

When three armed thugs entered Jo Jo’s Supermarket two days before Christmas last year and executed the husband-and-wife operators, it marked the fourth robbery at the Chinese-owned business located in St Elizabeth. That was three years after the...

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2022 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A jilted ex-boyfriend has given a detailed confession of killing his former girlfriend’s eight-year-old son because she ended their less-than-a-year-old relationship. Ochest Rose, 42, wanted his former flame to “feel the same pain he was going...

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2022 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

There were at least a dozen telephone calls between Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry and one of the accused masterminds behind the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, a report seen by The Sunday Gleaner has charged. Henry was not head of...

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2022 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Two guns that were seized by the police last year have been linked to more than 30 murders and shootings across several parishes over the last four years, senior law enforcement sources have revealed. The guns – a Smith...

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