Sunday 19 May, 2019

86 'fugitives' held in Portland in 2018: parish a criminal hideout?

Amid a year in which murders and shootings increased in Portland, the police there reportedly made several positive gains in the fight against crime, including the apprehension of 86 persons who were believed to have been trying to avoid prosecution for various serious crimes, mainly murders, in other police divisions.

In giving details to the monthly meeting of the Portland Municipal Corporation on Thursday, Deputy Superintendent of Police in charge of operations for the parish, Throyville Haughton, said the persons who were apprehended were wanted in divisions like St Andrew South, St Catherine South and St Andrew North.

“There was one Joseph Andrew Elliot. He was wanted for murder in the St Andrew South (division), that’s the Hunts Bay police area. He was held in Skibo (in Portland),” DSP Haughton disclosed.

Also on the list of those apprehended in Portland was William Hendricks, who was wanted for murder in the St Catherine South division. He was apprehended in the Golden Vale/Fellowship area.

Oshane Thompson, a suspect who was wanted in the St Andrew North division, was picked up in the Windsor/Rio Grande area last year, according to DSP Haughton.

Thompson was said to have been wanted for several serious offences, including wounding with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Elsewhere on the crime scene for 2018, Portland recorded 15 murders, which compared to nine reported cases for 2017.

But despite the significant increase, Portland retained its title as the ‘most peaceful parish' in Jamaica, with the lowest murder tally.

A total of eight firearms were seized there last year, and there were declines in break-ins, robberies and larceny for the very scenic parish.

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