Another Westmoreland Man Dead

Remains found buried under concrete identified as man missing since 2015

Westmoreland, Jamaica (McKoy’s News)- Another Westmoreland Man Dead: Police personnel in the parish of Westmoreland are now carrying out investigations surrounding the shooting death of a man in the Grange Hill area on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Dead is 27-yr-old Steve Spence, unemployed of Burnt Savannah also in Westmoreland. Reports by the Grange Hill police are that shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, residents living in the Freeman Town area of Grange Hill alerted the police after hearing a barrage of gunshots being fired in the area.

The lawmen rushed to the location and on arrival they stumbled upon Spence’s body which had multiple gunshot wounds and was lying along the roadway in a pool of blood.The scene was processed and Spence was transported to the Sav La Mar Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Increased cooperation on criminal matters between Jamaica and the Kingdom of Belgium is to be strengthened. This follows approval of the Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters) (Foreign States) (Kingdom of Belgium) Order, 2018 Resolution by members of the Senate during its sitting on July 13. Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said mutual assistance can also be used to identify and recover the proceeds of crime, and is particularly important in preventing criminals from evading prosecution because evidence or proceeds are in different countries. Senator Johnson Smith, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, said the Order refers to two conventions to which both Jamaica and Belgium are parties – the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) 2005 and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime 2000. “The UNCAC requires parties to the treaty to implement measures that focus on areas such as prevention, law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, technical assistance and information exchange. The Order before us today would implement chapter four of the UNCAC international cooperation,” she added. She said as a party to the Palerma Convention and the Palerma Protocols, Jamaica has committed to taking a series of measures in relation to transnational organised crime, including the adoption and revision of frameworks relating to extradition, mutual legal assistance and law-enforcement cooperation. “By affirming the Order by resolution, we are not only safeguarding our relationship with Belgium, but we are also ensuring that our international obligations are satisfied,” she said. Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott-Mottley, said the Opposition fully supports the Resolution. “We expect that our country will accede to these international requests, especially because the focus is on transnational crime and unearthing any kind of corruption which cuts across all borders,” she said.

July 17, 2018