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  • Jamaican bags almost US$1 million for false prosecution in New York

    Oliver Wiggins

    A Jamaican man has been awarded almost US$1 million or about J$127 million after having been framed by cops in New York, USA on a drunk driving charge to cover up a collision for which one of the lawmen involved was culpable.

    Coincidentally, the Jamaican, Oliver Wiggins, 33, ended up being freed and given the award after he could easily prove that he was framed, as he does not drink alcohol, and the result of a breathalyser test confirmed that instead of being drunk, he had no alcohol in his blood.

    Reports in the US media indicated that cops tried to charge Oliver Wiggins with driving while intoxicated to cover up for a police officer who ran a marked SUV through a Brooklyn stop sign and ploughed into Wiggins’ car.

    Wiggins was arrested and charged with impaired driving, resulting in his driver’s licence being suspended, and was forced to foot the repair bill for his 2004 Nissan Maxima that his insurance company declined to cover because of the supposed drunken driving.

    This was despite the breathalyser test he took at the East Flatbush scene of the crash on April 19, 2015, having showed no alcohol in his blood.

    His route out of the problems started while he was at hospital for treatment of a bad wound to one of his wrists after the crash, where Wiggins volunteered to have his blood tested for alcohol or drugs at the health facility. That test came back negative, with reports from the EMT and DWI technician each saying Wiggins had no sign of intoxication.

    But that did not stop the arresting officer from officially reporting that Wiggins had slurred speech, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was observed swaying.

    Three months later, prosecutors dismissed the case, following which Wiggins filed a lawsuit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city and the arresting officer, among a number of other cops who were involved in his arrest.

    Interestingly, the experience has reportedly motivated Wiggins to become a correction officer in a bid to fairly enforce the law like his father does back in Jamaica.

    His lawyer said the unpleasant experience had taught him to have great respect for and appreciation of the need to responsibly enforce the law and protect the innocent in the process

     

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  • Elderly woman perishes in fire at home in Westmoreland

    An elderly Westmoreland woman lost her life in a fire which razed the five-room board building where she lived and operated a shop, on Monday morning.

    The deceased has been identified as 75-year-old Monica Kerr of Camp Savanna in the parish.

    According to the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Savanna-la-Mar Fire Station responded to a call at about10:34 a.m. that a building was on fire in Camp Savanna.

    One unit from the Negril Fire Station and another from the Savanna-la-Mar Fire Station responded and carried out cooling down operations after the fire, which spread quickly and destroyed the building.

    The charred remains of the elderly woman, who lost one of her legs some time ago, was found among the rubble.

    The blaze is believed to have been caused by careless use of fire.

    The damage was estimated to be in the region of $3 million.

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  • Elderly woman drowns in Trelawny flood waters

    Flood waters in the Carey Park section of Trelawny on Thursday.

    An elderly woman said to be of unsound mind, drowned after being swept away by flood waters in her Trelawny community on Thursday.

    The deceased has been identified as 61-year-old Elizabeth Thompson of Barnstaple district in the parish.

    Reports from the Falmouth police are that the Fire Brigade was called in to search for the body of Thompson which was washed away by flood waters in Barnstaple on Thursday morning.

    The firefighters were assisted by local divers who fished the body from a large pool of water that formed in the community.

    The body was removed to the Falmouth Public General Hospital where doctors pronounced Thompson dead.

    The Falmouth police are investigating.

    There was widespread flooding across Trelawny on Thursday amid heavy rain caused by a frontal system across Jamaica.

     

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  • Another double murder in St James

    With less than two days to go in the year, the murder toll in St James continues to rise following a double murder in the heart of the city of Montego Bay on Saturday.

    One of the deceased has been identified as 28-year-old Edward Lawrence, otherwise called Chow Young and an unidentified man; both believed to be from the Rose Heights section of St James.

    Reports are that about 2:00am the two men were standing at an ATM machine in Sam Sharpe Square when they were pounced upon and shot by unknown assailants.

    They were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

    The Freeport Police are investigating.

    The killings come sharply on the heels of another double murder on Thursday when Kerry Fairclough and Aaron Taylor were shot and killed along the busy Howard Cooke Boulevard in a brazen daylight attack.

     

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  • Clergyman arrested for 'molesting girl' one year after 'Sex Pastor'

    Rupert Clarke, the disgraced Moravian pastor who recently pleaded guilty to two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16.

    The Christian community in Jamaica has again been rocked by a sex scandal after news has emerged that a St Elizabeth pastor was taken into custody for allegations of molesting a minor on Thursday, December 28. 

    The pastor, whose identity is being withheld, is said to be in his fifties.

    He is expected to be questioned over the weekend by investigators in the presence of his attorney.

    Information reaching Loop News is that the girl, who attends the church that is led by the pastor, was molested sometime last month.

     

    When it was discovered what had happened to the child, a report was subsequently made to the police in the parish.

    Following the complaint being made, investigations were carried out, which came to a climax with the arrest of the pastor.

    The Christian community in Jamaica since last year has been rocked by a series of sex scandals, several of which have damaged the image of the church in the country.

    Ironically, Thursday's arrest of the pastor in the latest sex scandal to hit the church came on the anniversary of the arrest of former Moravian Minister, Rupert Clarke.

    In a case that rose to national attention, Clarke was taken into custody by the police on December 28, 2016, after he was reportedly seen in a comprising position with a 15 year-old girl in a car along the Austin Main Road in St Elizabeth.

    Following further investigations, additional charges were laid against Clarke - dubbed the 'Sex Pastor' - regarding cases involving another female member of the girl's family.

    Clarke has since pleaded guilty to two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16, when he appeared before the St Elizabeth Circuit Court last month.

    He is to be sentenced on March 8, 2018.

    Two other Moravian ministers, Reverend Paul Gardner and Reverend Jermaine Gibson, are also before the Manchester Circuit Court facing sex charges involving a minor.

     

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