At Least 411 Murders in 2018

At least 411 people have been murdered across the island, since the start of the year.

That’s according to the latest crime statistics from the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, CCU.

The statistics represent murders committed up to April 15. That’s 12 more than the corresponding period for last year.

St. Andrew South is leading the tally with 60 murders compared to 17 last year. The Police Division is being plagued by gang conflicts.

St. Catherine North, now under a State of Public Emergency is second, with 51 murders. That’s nine more than the corresponding period for 2017.

Westmoreland follows with 47 murders, compared to 42 over the same period last year.

The parishes with the fewest murders include Manchester with four, Portland recording five and St. Elizabeth with six.

The Portland Police have told Nationwide News that four of the murders recorded in the parish, were domestically related and have already been cleared up.

St. James and Hanover have recorded the greatest decline in murders.

In St. James, where there’s a State of Public Emergency, 25 murders have been recorded compared to 78 over the same period last year.

And, Hanover has recorded 13 murders so far this year, compared to 28 for the corresponding period in 2017.