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Knight expects reduction in murders in Area 3

Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 1:16 PM    

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MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Knight says he expects murders to be down by the end of this year compared to last year in Area 3 (Manchester, Clarendon and St Elizabeth) despite a spike in St Elizabeth in early January.  

Knight who has overall responsibility for Area 3 told his audience at a recent crime and security exposition at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) that up to March 11 there had been 23 murders in Area 3.

Clarendon had accounted for 12, nine less than the same period last year. Manchester had three, four less than the equivalent period last year and St Elizabeth eight compared to four for the similar period last year.

The hike in St Elizabeth largely reflected two double murders on the night of Wednesday, January  8. Two minibus operators were ambushed and murdered on the road from Maggotty to Elderslie and in a separate incident two teenage boys who had left home reportedly to trap shrimp in a nearby stream were chopped to death.

A man said to be of unsound mind is before the Courts for the death of the teenagers. As a result of the other incident several men were detained for questioning but subsequently released because of lack of evidence, police say.

Knight said that murders apart, St Elizabeth was showing a reduction in all other crimes.

“I have no doubt based on the trajectory, at the end of the year they (St Elizabeth) will see a reduction in murders as well and right across all three parishes,” Knight said.  

Garfield Myers

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