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‘Devil’ charged in murder of Supt of Prisons David Millette.

Sean “Devil” Coa
Sean “Devil” Coa

[Trinidad Express] – A 20-year-old neighbour of prison officer Supt David Millette appeared in court yesterday charged with his murder.

Sean “Devil” Coa of Cipriani Avenue, Second Caledonia, Morvant, was taken before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Eighth Magistrate’s Court in the afternoon on five charges arising out of the November 2 murder.

The five charges are:

  1. That he murdered Millette on November 2, 2015;
  2. Possession of a gun with intent to endanger life;
  3. Possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life;
  4. Illegal possession of a gun;
  5. Illegal possession of ammunition.

Around 3 p.m. when the accused, who was wearing a red T-shirt was brought to the court by Homicide Bureau officers, he raised his middle finger in an obscene gesture as he was being photographed by the media.

 

Outcast! – Community turns on 19-y-0 man for returning $100,000 he found

Jabari[Jamaica Observer] – NINETEEN-year-old Jabary Williams has found out the hard way that acts of kindness and honesty are not always appreciated in a society where morals are on the decline.

Williams says he was walking in his inner-city Kingston community, recently, when he found a bag containing approximately $100,000.

The former City College student told the Jamaica Observer that the reaction from members of his Kid Lane community when he decided to return the bag of money has left him dumbfounded.

He said that when he found the money he was struck with so many emotions, he was left confused.

“When I found the money several ideas ran though my mind; I didn’t know how to feel, I was shocked, at one point, happy at another and then sad,” the teenager said in an interview at the Observer’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston.

Williams said he struggled with the thought of giving back the funds as he reflected on his own life and the struggles he was facing as a poverty-stricken young man growing up in the inner-city.

He said he carried the money home and could not get rid of thoughts of spending it.

After all, his mother was ill and he needed clothes along with so many other things.

The youngster, who works at a bakery, said that while he sat at home staring at the money, trying hard to ignore the voice in his head, he overheard a man telling his father that he had lost a large sum of money.

He said he listened further and heard the man describe the bag.

Williams said he went as far as inspecting the bag that the funds was in, and found an identification card with the picture of the man who was asking around.

“When I saw all of that I, decided to return the money,” Williams told the Observer.

He never imagined that his act of honesty would almost cost him his life.

Williams said the first thing that happened was that the owner of the $100,000 gave him “a measly $100” for his troubles.

“After I gave back the funds the man who lost the money gave me $100 dollars,” said a dejected Williams.

But things got worse when news about his return of the money began to circulate around the community.

Williams said since that time he has been subjected to several verbal attacks from residents of the area.

“I have even gone to play football and have been told to leave the field,” said the youngster.

According to Williams, since the incident he has been made to feel like an outcast.

“To the way people in the area treat me it has made me feel bad, but if I had to do it again I would,” said Williams, adding that from a tender age he always tried to be honest.

 

Jamaica condemns Paris attacks

Jamaica PM, Portia Simpson-Miller
Jamaica PM, Portia Simpson-Miller

[Jamaica Observer] – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has condemned the deadly attacks in Paris which, on Friday, claimed the lives of over 100 people.

An additional 300 were hospitalised of whom 80 are in “critical” condition, the city’s hospital authority said Saturday.

See the PM’s statement bellow:

Jamaica joins all civilised, peace-loving people around the world in condemning the heartless and barbaric terrorist attacks perpetrated on the night of 13th November 2015 against the nation and people of France.

We are heartbroken that the cowardly acts of terror appeared to target the youth of the city of Paris and have, in the process, claimed the lives of over 120 innocent men, women and children and left numerous others wounded.

We reiterate our utter condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and renew our commitment to fighting this scourge in cooperation with the international community and in defence of the universal values of life, liberty and peace for which Jamaica stands as a nation.

We pledge our solidarity and support in concert with the global peace-loving community to root out and destroy the acts of evil that those who hate our way of life and values would unleash upon us.

We stand in solidarity with the Government and people of France and extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved families.

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