Murders in St. Ann have jumped by about 55-percent for the first 145 days this year, when compared to the corresponding period in 2022.

That’s according to Commanding Officer for the Division, Senior Superintendent, Dwight Powell.

We have more in this report from Truston Grizzle.

Up to 11am Friday, the police in St. Ann had logged 28 murders in the parish since January 1 this year. SSP Powell says the murders stem largely from domestic disputes.

SSP Powell was speaking Friday at the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Council Fair in Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay.

He lauded the efforts of the justice centre in the parish, noting that the organisation has helped to resolve several potentially deadly disputes over land.

SSP Powell was happy to report that murders apart, all other major crimes are trending down.