KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that just over 6000 people have been convicted in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s (RM) court with fines totalling $37 million since the start of the year.
Statistics compiled by the Criminal Records Office of the JCF for the period January to July 2013 show that a total of 6150 people were convicted in the Court and sentenced to serve a total of 1,254 years and/or fines amounting to $37.5 million, the police said in a release Saturday.
According to the police the figure from the Corporate Area RM court brings the total number of people convicted in the country to 10,512, sentenced to serve a total of 6,214 years and/or monetary fines amounting to $90.5 million taking the Home Circuit Court and the other parishes into consideration.
The offences included ganja smoking, possession of ganja or cocaine, dealing in, trafficking and attempting to export ganja or cocaine, wounding, assault, larceny, malicious destruction of property and fraud related offences.
Analysis of the figures reveal that 71 per cent were convicted for drug related offences, 14 per cent for assault and wounding offences, five per cent for larceny and the remaining two per cent covered break-ins, robberies and malicious destruction of property, the police said.