Sunday 20 September, 2020

Portland police reporting 80 per cent clear up of murders this year

Superintendent Duane Wellington

Superintendent Duane Wellington

Despite reaching double digits for murders in Portland this year, the police in Portland are buoyed by an 80 per cent cleared-up rate for killings in the parish so far this year.

Speaking at the Portland Municipal Corporation’s monthly meeting on Thursday, head of the parish's police, Superintendent Duane Wellington, disclosed that up to December 7, 10 cases of homicide were reported in the parish.

"Seven of the 10 murders we have had so far have been cleared (up), in addition to one from last year. So we are at 80 per cent clear-up rate in regards to murder. And I must remind the councillors that clear-up by law is when someone is arrested for a crime," Wellington explained.

Portland recorded 15 murders in 2018, which made it the parish with the lowest number of murders last year. The trend remains, as despite the double digit recorded so far this year, the parish once again has the lowest number of murders to date.

Meanwhile, the superintendent added that all persons arrested for crimes in the parish were all brought before the courts.

"All of our arrests have taken place on living persons, meaning everyone is before the courts. So we don't have any person who has been charged... who has been dead," Wellington stressed.

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