Monthly Archives: June 2011

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BARBARA GAYLE, Staff Reporter

The two policemen charged with the murder of the son of dancehall artiste Spragga Benz have been freed.

Constables Audley Lawrence and André Hare were freed yesterday of the murder of 17-year-old Carlton Grant Jr after Supreme Court judge Horace Marsh upheld no-case submissions from defence lawyers Valerie Neita Robertson and Carolyn Reid-Cameron.

The judge said the crown did not present sufficient evidence for him to send the case to the jury. He pointed out that there was no nexus between the policemen and the murder because they were not identified by the sole eyewitness . He said from the forensic evidence there was no proof that the fragment of the bullet recovered from the back off the head of the deceased came from the policemen’s firearms.

The crown, represented by Meridian Kohler, deputy director of public prosecutions, led evidence at the in camera trial in the Home Circuit Court that Grant was unarmed when he was fatally shot on August 23, 2008.

Evidence was given that on the day of the incident Grant and another young man were riding a bicycle in downtown Kingston, when they were stopped by the police. The young men were told to run and while running, the police allegedly fired shots at them. Grant was fatally shot.

Police reports were that Grant and another man were riding a bicycle along Church Street, downtown Kingston, when the police stopped them. The police said shots were fired at them and they returned the fire. The police claimed that Grant was accidentally shot by the man who was travelling on the bicycle with him.



The Psalms

1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me:

fight against them that fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and buckler,

and stand up for mine help.
3 Draw out also the spear,

and stop the way against them that persecute me:
say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
4 Let them be confounded and put to shame

that seek after my soul:
let them be turned back and brought to confusion
that devise my hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind:

and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery:

and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit,

which without cause they have digged for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares;

and let his net that he hath hid catch himself:
into that very destruction let him fall.
9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD:

it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say,

LORD, who is like unto thee,
which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him,
yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
11 False witnesses did rise up;

they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick,

my clothing was sackcloth:
I humbled my soul with fasting;
and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother:

I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced,

and gathered themselves together:
yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me,
and I knew it not;
they did tear me, and ceased not:
16 with hypocritical mockers in feasts,

they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on?

Rescue my soul from their destructions,
my darling from the lions.
18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation:

I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me:

neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. Ps. 69.4 · Joh. 15.25
20 For they speak not peace:

but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me,

and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence:

O Lord, be not far from me.
23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment,

even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness;

and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts,

Ah, so would we have it:
let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together

that rejoice at mine hurt:
let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
that magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad,

that favor my righteous cause:
yea, let them say continually,
Let the LORD be magnified,
which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness

and of thy praise all the day long.



Crystal Harrison, Star Writer

The member of deejay Mavado’s entourage who was shot during an altercation with a policeman at the Quad night-club in New Kingston earlier this week died in hospital yesterday.

He has been identified as Conroy Edwards.

It is reported that Mavado’s entourage was involved in an altercation with police personnel on the steps of the nightclub.

It is alleged that a cop was assaulted by a member of Mavado’s crew.

The policeman then allegedly opened fire hitting Mavado’s crew-member.

He was admitted to hospital in serious condition.

In the meantime, earlier this week, the Half-Way-Tree police listed Mavado as person of interest.

Following that advisory, the deejay reported to the police and was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. He is to attend court on June 23.

In an interview with THE STAR earlier this week, Mavado’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths, disputed the reports that were being circulated.

“we need to clarify one thing; false reports have been circulated by the media that this incident stemmed from Mavado refusing a search upon entry to Quad nightclub,” he said.

He further said; “That is completely untrue, Mavado and his party were already inside the club, past the search area where there was no issue with anyone. We are asking for fair and balanced reporting of this incident, there is always a lot of false information propagated when these stories break but that doesn’t mean to say we must blame Mavado automatically.”

The manager said that Mavado was not travelling with 20 or 30 people as is being reported. “He was with his girlfriend, a couple of family members and a handful of friends,” he said.



Jamaican news remix: “Nobody Canna Cross it”

Bailey Johnson
Viral Video


(CBS) – Heavy rains have battered Jamaica in recent days, ruining fields and washing away some roads. One particular bridge was swept away. A news team went out to the road and interviewed people on the scene, including one very spirited local.

As it always does in times likes these, the Internet responded to the event the only way it knows how: a hilarious remix.

The original news piece is right HERE. But, honestly, the story wasn’t complete until DJ Powa added that beat. Now I understand the seriousness of the situation. Also, it’s a pretty catchy song.

The good news is that the situation has improved, and hopefully a new bridge will be built in time. But for now, nobody canna cross it.


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