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Woman held in gun find
Three people, among them a woman, have been
arrested as police seized two guns, ammunitions
and a quantity of marijuana during two separate
This latest seizure followed similar exercises by law-
men who recovered five guns, ammunition and marijuana
earlier in the week in the Central and Northern Divisions.
The last gun find took place on Wednesday night by
officers in San Fernando.
A report said the officers were on patrol along Lady
Hailes Avenue near King's Wharf around 9 pm on
Wednesday, when they stopped a gold coloured Nissan
Almera car with three occupants.
They searched the car and found a Beretta pistol, a
magazine and 16 rounds of 9mm ammunition
The three people, two 25-year-old men of Lodge Road,
Claxton Bay and a 20-year-old woman, of East Bayshore,
Marabella, were arrested in connection with the find.
In the other matter, North Eastern Division officers
conducted an exercise between 2 pm and 7 pm on Wednes-
day in the Morvant and Aranguez areas.
They found one revolver with two rounds of .38mm
ammunition and a quantity of marijuana.
The drug had a total weight of two kilogrammes and
an estimated street value of $200,000.
No arrests were made in connection with that seizure.
call for repairs
Police officers at the Piarco Police Station have
renewed calls for repairs to the building which they
claim is in desperate need of refurbishment
The once new state-of-the-art police station was of-
ficially opened in 2014 and cost of over $39 million for the
building and fittings.
After the opening, several members of staff had com-
plained about the leaks in the building, the cell doors,
windows and the lack of air-conditioning.
In an interview yesterday, one of the officers said the
officers were faced with ongoing issues with the lack of
air conditioning, which was also a problem for visitors
coming into make reports.
"The charge room where they make reports is in a room
with no window just the front door and the officers are in
constant heat every day for the past two years," he said.
The officer said that they were also opened to the en-
vironment as spiders, snakes, flying frogs and every other
crawling creature comes into the compound.
"Every day there is frogs in the station. The station leaks
and not only heavy rain and even light rain. The building
is poorly designed and not conducive for officers for op-
timum performance and this has affected the attendance
record," he said.
He said the officers have to work under poor conditions.
The officer claimed that any suspects cannot be brought
into the station because the stations locks were unable to
"I would like to see these issues resolved immediate-
ly. When residents come to make reports they complain
bitterly over the heat."
Residents, non-nationals (due to the airport proximity)
and others come to make reports at the station.
When contacted, Michael Daniel, the new Northern
Division Senior Supt, said he had recently took up "post"
in the last two weeks but will look into the concerns and
consult with a member of staff at the station.
Former Northern Division Senior Supt McDonald Jacob
said the division had been waiting on funding to complete
other deficiencies that exist in the station.
"It is habitual. The Homicide Department was based
there and survived and they moved out now and are back
"There was some improvement but in the next financial
year. There was a facilities section and possible work by
contractors in the next year," Jacob said.
Attempts to contact acting Police Commissioner Ste-
phen Williams and members of the Police Service Social
and Welfare Association proved futile.
a divide in the church in Ja-
maica over the decriminali-
sation of buggery, and it has
prompted the Jamaica Coun-
cil of Churches (JCC) to hold a
special meeting to discuss the
The rift materialised after head of
the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the
Cayman Islands, Bishop Howard Grego-
ry made a submission to a parliamentary
committee examining the Sexual Offences
Act and related laws, in which he rec-
ommended the removal of the offence of
buggery from the law books.
President of the JCC, Reverend Dr Gor-
don Evans told The Sunday Gleaner that
a special sitting of the 13-member Coun-
cil will be held "sometime in the coming
weeks" to discuss the matter.
"We need to have the input of as many
of our member denominations as possi-
ble, and as we share on it I am sure that
we will be helping each other in terms of
enlightenment, and we will see where we
are and at that point we can share with
the wider public how we view it," Rev-
erend Evans told the newspaper, adding
that while the members of the JCC were
united in Christ, they had different views
on various issue.
Bishop Gregory had indicated that the
views expressed in his submission to the
parliamentary committee were personal
and not that of the church.
"Sexual activity engaged in public
spaces is illegal and should continue
to be so, whether of and hetero-
sexual or homosexual nature.
"Beyond that, what happens
in privacy between consent-
ing adults should be beyond
the purview of the Govern-
ment," he had written, fur-
ther suggesting that gov-
ernment should not bother
with a promised referendum
on quashing the buggery law,
and should instead just strike
down the law.
Reverend Evans said while
Bishop Gregory was head of the
Anglican Church and he could not be
denied the right to speak on the issue, it
would have been good if he had engaged in
discussions with the JCC before speaking
publicly on the matter.
As for his own personal view on whether
the buggery law should be retained or re-
pealed, Reverend Evans said he was "not
at the point of comfort"
"My comfort is being satisfied that we
are doing right to God and right to our
fellow human beings," he said.
"There are some questions that need to
be answered. The first question is, what
happens after the repeal of the buggery
law? What will it lead to? It is not enough
to say just take it off the books and it will
finish there. We would be making a seri-
ous assumption because that is not how
it has been unfolding in different parts
of the world."
In his submission to the parliamentary
committee, Bishop Gregory had also rec-
ommended the widening of the definition
of rape and recognition of marital rape.
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