Accident Accident & Tragedy 

High School youth becomes island’s 6th road fatality

The police are reporting that a 15 year old Hodges Bay youth lost his life in the country’s 6th road fatality, which occurred on Thursday (20th October, 2016) on Friars Hill Road. The deceased is Frankie Francois, a forth form student of the St. Joseph’s Academy. The allegations are that the teen took his mother’s white Nissan X-Trail SUV (A 29224) and drove away from home around 6:30a.m, dressed in school uniform. Further reports indicated that he was traveling a very high speed from north to south before slamming into…

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Crime & Police 

Antigua & Barbuda Ranked 29 out of 113 Countries on Rule of Law

WASHINGTON, DC  (20 October 2016) – The World Justice Project (WJP) today released the WJP Rule of Law Index® 2016, the annual report measuring how the rule of law is experienced by the general public worldwide. According to the Index, Antigua and Barbuda’s overall rule of law performance places it at 5 out of 30 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region*, 28 out of 36 among high income countries, and 29 out of 113 countries and jurisdictions worldwide. The WJP Rule of Law Index is the world’s leading source for original data on the…

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Crime & Police 

Former Constable Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Sexual Intercourse

On Wednesday, 19th October, Wayne Worrell, 29 of Liberta, was convicted before the High Court on a charge of having Sexual Intercourse with a female under the age of 14 years. The conviction came after he entered a plea of guilty to the charge. During the hearing, the court heard that in February of 2015, Worrell committed the unlawful act against the minor at her Michael’s Village home and the matter was later brought to the attention of the police. Officers within the Sexual Offences Unit conducted investigations into the…

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Crime & Police ONDCP 

Two Antiguan Nationals caught with over 853lbs of Cannabis in Old Road today

The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) conducted a counter-drug operation in the early hours of Tuesday 18th October 2016 in the Old Road area. The operation resulted in the arrest of two Antiguan males and a seizure of 853lbs 14ozs of Compressed Cannabis. The drug carries an estimated wholesale value of One Million, Seven Hundred And Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty EC Dollars ($1,707,750.00 XCD). During the operation, a white pickup refused to comply with officers’ instructions to stop and a chase ensued. As…

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Crime & Police 

Mexican Marine Engineer Nabbed with Illegal Ammunition, Convicted and Fined

Juan Jose’ Di Matteo Fiorani of Mexico was convicted and fined $2,500 or three months in prison for possession of ammunition in the All Saints Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The Marine Engineer by profession was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of two rounds of 9mm ammunition at the V.C. Bird International Airport on Saturday. Fiorani was detected with the ammunition inside his pants pocket, after he attempted to clear Airport Security to board an American Airline flight to Miami. The matter was reported to the police, and he was…

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Crime & Police 

Battery Thief Caught “Red Handed” Sentenced to Six Months at HMP

Dyllon Graham of Bendals was sentenced to six months at Her Majesty’s Prison for Receiving. Graham appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh in the St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Monday, charged with larceny and receiving of a car battery. He was found guilty of on the charge of receiving and was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison. The Court heard that on Saturday, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department were on mobile patrol on Nelly Robinson Street, when they observed Graham acting rather suspicious. This prompted an immediate…

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Accident & Tragedy Technology 

Digicel Launches Text To Donate Line To Support Relief Efforts In Haiti

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew that destroyed 90 percent of Southern Haiti on October 5th, Digicel launched a text line that will allow its customers to donate well-needed funds towards the humanitarian relief effort that is urgently needed in Haiti. By texting the word ‘HELP’, Digicel customers across the Caribbean can help to make a huge difference to the people of Haiti. Digicel will donate all funds it receives to three Haitian charities – Haven, Paradis des Indiens and Prodev. In addition, there is no restriction on the number…

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