Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jack: 1,615 murders between 2009-2012


National Security Minister Jack Warner

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There were 1,615 murders between 2009 and August 2012. During that period some 532 murder cases were listed before the magistrates' courts.

Out of 532 matters filed in the magistrates' courts between 2009 and 2012, there are only 35 matters where persons were committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court. Some 20 matters were dismissed or discharged.

This was the information provided yesterday by National Security Minister Jack Warner in response to a question filed by People's National Movement (PNM) Senator Fitzgerald Hinds.

Hinds asked whether Warner would agree there had been no appreciable improvement in the detection and conviction rates over the period.

Warner said in the absence of meeting with drug lords and gangsters at a hotel, he differed in his opinion from Hinds's view.

Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi asked whether the six per cent charge rate covered the entire year.

Warner said it would seem so, based on the information provided to him.

Warner said of the 1,615 murders, the highest number (390) was committed in Port of Spain, followed by the Northern Division (331); Western Division (205); North Eastern (171); Southern (163); Central (156); Eastern (94) and South Western (74).

The highest number of cases were in the magisterial district of St George West (187), followed by San Fernando (73), Arima (69), with the smallest numbers in Rio Claro (nine), Mayaro (six) and Tobago (five).

In terms of gender, Warner said between 2009 and August 2012, 510 of the murders were committed by men and 15 by women.

In terms of ages, one person under the age of 15 was charged with murder; 206 between the ages of 15 and 24; 154 between the ages of 25 and 34; 58 between the ages of 35 and 44; 25 between the ages of 45 and 54; and nine who were 55 years and over.

Warner said the age of 72 persons charged was unknown.

The minister said the 20 matters which were dismissed or discharged at the magistrates' courts for the period under review were due to insufficient evidence to commit the person charged to stand trial, or as a result of no-case submissions by attorneys, or as a result of the Director of Public Prosecutions' indication to withdraw the matter before the court.

Warner said the 35 matters where individuals had been committed to stand trial may be before the DPP to be forwarded to the Supreme Court.