Dwayne Jones: This is the portrait of Dwayne Jones an alleged gay Jamaican man who was brutally shot and stabbed to death in Adelphi Saint James.The Jamaica Gleaner reports Jones, of Paradise Rowe and Porto Bello in St James was at a party when he was allegedly attacked by a group of persons. A number of explosions were heard and the police were called. Jones’ body was found on the roadway, with multiple stab wounds and a gunshot wound. One doesn’t have to be homo-sexual, one doesn’t have to believe in the homo-sexual lifestyle to know this is wrong ! How can a people, any people ,under any circumstance do this to another human being? Does even the most anti-gay person with a shred of humanity, believe that the reason these savages killed this young man is totally because of his sexuality?
Who are the criminals? Does someone of a different sexual orientation deserve the death penalty? What does it say about a people who can summarily execute someone and walk away as if nothing happened? I know that some people will have all kinds of comments and opinions on this murder, they will argue back and forth about the pros and cons of homosexuality, I will not get into that debate. A life was summarily taken, that’s what is at stake, irrespective of what that young man did or did not do, everyone who participated in taking his life are exponentially more guilty than he could ever be.
ADIDJA PALMER (VYBES KARTEL) FREED.
Dance-hall Disc-Jockey Adidja Palmer o/c Vybes Kartel was freed in the Home Circuit Court on Wednesday July 24th. Palmer who is accused of committing two murders, was freed on the murder of a Saint Catherine Business-man Barrington (Bossy) Burton.
Palmer will remain in custody however, as he awaits trial on the other murder. Supreme Court judge Bryan Sykes instructed the 12-member jury to return the verdicts ,after the prosecution informed the court that it had no further evidence against the men.
The trial Judge Bryan Sykes allegedly barred two statements from being admitted into evidence, reportedly those actions were the catalyst for the destruction of the prosecution’s case.
Paula Llewellyn DPP:
As bystanders are we to believe that the Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewelyn’s office undertook to prosecute a homicide solely on two eye-witnesses statements? If this is so, it is a serious indictment on that office, on the police and on what obtains for a justice system in Jamaica. No criminal Justice system is fool-proof, as we have seen recently in Florida, but it is serious cause for alarm and consternation , when murderers are allowed to walk free because of bad laws, technicality, or shoddy work by those tasked with bringing criminals to justice.
When justice can be thwarted simply because a witness cannot be found , it is incredible incentive for future killers to make sure witnesses are never found, giving rise to many more murders. It is a viciously wicked cycle which can only be arrested when criminals are held to account for their crimes. This is done by meticulously going about investigations in a painstaking and professional way.
There is no great harm in allowing a suspect/s to remain free until investigators, working with competent prosecutors, are sure they have all the evidence available or possible to gain a conviction. Whether scientific, eye-witness, corroborative, or circumstantial, police and prosecutors owe it to the deceased and their families to do due diligence before arresting a suspect. Most western democracies including Jamaica protects a citizen’s constitutional right against double jeopardy, (cannot be tried twice for the same offence).
Because of those constitutional guarantees, it is important that prosecutors and law enforcement get it right the first time. As a young detective candidate, a lecturer told us quote. “There is no greater task given anyone, than that which empowers him to bring the killer of the innocent to justice”.
That admonition will always remain with me, even though I am no longer involved with law enforcement , I have pledged that I will always be on the side of innocent victims, so help me God.
The views expressed here makes no assumptions about the guilt or innocence of the accused Adidja Palmer.