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Cops cracking down on crimes


Police have made “significant” progress in “cracking” recent cases of violent gun-crimes across the island.

In the latest development, two men were today remanded to prison until November 8, after appearing in court charged with separate murders committed this month.

They are 20-year-old Renaco Basil Jaleel Callender of Lot 1, Barbarees Gardens, St Michael, who is accused of gunning down dub artist Patrick Irvin Fatman Weeks, while he was at Londy’s Bar in Wharton Gap, St Michael, last Monday, and 25-year-old Kobia Jamal Robinson, of Reed Street, The City, suspected of killing 54-year-old Robert Rupert Jones, whose body was found on Lower James Street last Saturday.

Earlier today, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith told a news conference that progress had been made in nearly one dozens violent incidents over the last four months.

Griffith said that persons had either been charged, were in custody for questioning or were soon to be arrested.

Included in the approximately nine cases between July and now, are the spate of robberies involving persons moving around in vehicles, the shooting of a prison officer, the shooting of two people at Dayrell’s Road, St Michael, and a similar incident at Brittons Hill, where two residents were shot.

The police chief also reported that their investigations had reached an advanced stage with respect to the recent breaches of ATMs.

“At present, two non-nationals are in custody and will be shortly appearing before court in connection with these matters. Investigations are at a delicate stage. We are working with our regional and international law enforcement partners in this investigation,” Griffith announced. (EJ) 

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