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Murdered for saying ”I DO” – Whats the world coming too

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JAMAICA  – Following the death of a Portland man last week, mere hours after he wed his lover who is reportedly a foreign national, allegations have begun to surface in and around the parish that a hit was ordered from abroad.

THE STAR understands that speculations are running wild in Hart Hill, Portland, as well as other sections of the parish, that the now deceased 30-year-old Damion Cousins, was allegedly warned not to wed.

A resident from the community who spoke to THE STAR on condition of anonymity said, “Yes man, a di talk round di place … Damion a good yute who had a promising future, and mi sorry how him dead but mi hear say him get repeated warning before the wedding, say him nuh fi marry the woman …”

THE STAR gathered that since the tragedy, Cousins’ widow, his family members, and the wider community is struggling to come to grips that such a gruesome incident took place.

A female resident who is from Buff Bay, in the parish, told THE STAR, “Di youth widely known and since the incident a bare talk in the town say the hit came from abroad … mi nuh know what or who the woman was involved in or with … It nuh must have nothing fi do with she either a coulda jealousy.”

The Portland police had reportedly taken a man into custody for questioning surrounding Cousins’ death.

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Our news team also gathered from members of the community that the men allegedly received $100,000 to commit the act and that Cousins’ wedding ring was removed from his finger and placed beside his body.

When THE STAR contacted the Buff Bay Police Station yesterday, we were told that the investigating officer had left for the day.

Our efforts to speak with the divisional commander for Portland Superintendent Wayne Cameron was without success as repeated calls to his cell phone rang without answer.

Cousins was shot twice, once in the head and neck, on his wedding day Monday, July 8, about 10 p.m., after arriving at his home.

Reports are that his attackers had earlier robbed other members of his family who were home, of a laptop, cellular phones, jewellery, and an undetermined sum of money before waiting outside for Cousins to arrive.

Cousins was known as a singer and songwriter and his death brings to three, the number of people killed in the parish since the start of the year.

Murdered for saying ”I DO” – Whats the world coming too

rings

JAMAICA  – Following the death of a Portland man last week, mere hours after he wed his lover who is reportedly a foreign national, allegations have begun to surface in and around the parish that a hit was ordered from abroad.

THE STAR understands that speculations are running wild in Hart Hill, Portland, as well as other sections of the parish, that the now deceased 30-year-old Damion Cousins, was allegedly warned not to wed.

A resident from the community who spoke to THE STAR on condition of anonymity said, “Yes man, a di talk round di place … Damion a good yute who had a promising future, and mi sorry how him dead but mi hear say him get repeated warning before the wedding, say him nuh fi marry the woman …”

THE STAR gathered that since the tragedy, Cousins’ widow, his family members, and the wider community is struggling to come to grips that such a gruesome incident took place.

A female resident who is from Buff Bay, in the parish, told THE STAR, “Di youth widely known and since the incident a bare talk in the town say the hit came from abroad … mi nuh know what or who the woman was involved in or with … It nuh must have nothing fi do with she either a coulda jealousy.”

The Portland police had reportedly taken a man into custody for questioning surrounding Cousins’ death.

wedding ring

Our news team also gathered from members of the community that the men allegedly received $100,000 to commit the act and that Cousins’ wedding ring was removed from his finger and placed beside his body.

When THE STAR contacted the Buff Bay Police Station yesterday, we were told that the investigating officer had left for the day.

Our efforts to speak with the divisional commander for Portland Superintendent Wayne Cameron was without success as repeated calls to his cell phone rang without answer.

Cousins was shot twice, once in the head and neck, on his wedding day Monday, July 8, about 10 p.m., after arriving at his home.

Reports are that his attackers had earlier robbed other members of his family who were home, of a laptop, cellular phones, jewellery, and an undetermined sum of money before waiting outside for Cousins to arrive.

Cousins was known as a singer and songwriter and his death brings to three, the number of people killed in the parish since the start of the year.

Middle Region baby-killing suspect trail date moved to late September

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Dalton Danelle Le B., the 26-year-old suspect in the killing of baby boy Mark Reid Jr. on April 2

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Latoya, Mark and Mark Jr. Reid. Photo – Today

TSXM – GREAT BAY – Dalton Danelle Le B., the 26-year-old suspect in the killing of baby boy Mark Reid Jr. on April 2, appeared briefly in the Court in First Instance yesterday afternoon. At the request of prosecutor Karola van Nie, the court sets a trial date for September 25. The adjournment is necessary because the investigation is not complete yet and because the suspect still has to be subjected to evaluations by a psychologist and a psychiatrist.

Le B. was involved in a road rage incident on the day of the killing. Pursued by the police he fled into a random house in Middle Region, where he snatched the baby from its crib and discarded it later on the road. The exact cause of death has not been made public yet.

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About 15,000 liable to forced labor in St. Maarten Because of human trafficking and top level officials being involved

human-trafficking-st-maarten-ilandvibez-tribune “St. Maarten is a source, transit and destination for women, children and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor”, the American State Department writes in its 2013 Trafficking in Persons report. “An estimated 15,000 illegal migrant workers in the country are highly vulnerable to forced domestic service and forced labor in construction, Chinese supermarkets, retail shops, security, landscaping and housekeeping.”

“There are strong indications that some of the hundreds of foreign migrant women in St. Maarten’s sex trade are subjected to debt bondage,” the report states, adding that women and girls from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and other countries in the region are ‘the most vulnerable to becoming victims of sex trafficking.

The report also mentions women from Russia and eastern Europe as potential victims. It furthermore refers to the six-month contracts for prostitutes and to the fact that the women depend on strip club and brothel owners for their work permits.

Interestingly, the report notes that St. Maarten authorities have reported “that workers from India, Haiti, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands are subjected to exploitative conditions involving indicators of forced labor.”

Even more alarming is that “local experts” report “that St. Maarten women and girls studying in the Netherlands may be vulnerable to sex trafficking by residents of the Netherlands.”

The American report is critical of St. Maarten’s efforts to combat human trafficking. “The government of St. Maarten does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated important leadership in the region by prosecuting and convicting a sex trafficking offender and holding this perpetrator accountable with jail time.”

This last remark is a clear reference to the prosecution of Angel Priest of the Border Bar who was sentenced to 54 months imprisonment (with 18 months suspended) for trafficking women. The government had little to do with this since prosecuting criminal offenders is the prerogative of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The report notes that towards the end of the reporting period (towards the end of 2012) “the government launched an investigation into trafficking-related complicity involving high-level officials in the country. The government however did not prosecute any officials for trafficking-related complicity, which hampered its ability to authentically address its trafficking problem.”

The report furthermore states that “the overall lack of victim identification in St. Maarten, despite a very large vulnerable population of illegal immigrants and foreign women in prostitution, highlights the ineffectiveness of the government’s response. This lack if victim identification likely resulted in the deportation and criminalization of trafficking victims.”

The American report contains a large number of recommendations for St. Maarten. among them is this one: “Demonstrate transparency and appropriate follow-through regarding the investigation of government officials’ alleged involvement in the licensed brothels.”

Other recommendation relate to identifying and assisting potential victims of sex trafficking, the vigorous prosecution of trafficking offenders “including officials,” outreach by a Spanish speaking victim advocate, and routine health inspections at local brothels.

The report commends St. Maarten for its new penal code that contains an article that punished trafficking by 4 to 24 years of imprisonment.

But in practice, St. Maarten is dealing with potential trafficking victims in a different way. The report notes that women that escape from brothels routinely face deportation, while anti-trafficking investigations into the circumstances that inspired them to escape are not forthcoming. “The government reported that foreign trafficking victims could be granted temporary residence permits, it did not provide evidence that it issues such permits during the year. Also, the government did not report that it had a policy to protect identified victims from being punished for crimes committed as a direct result of being trafficked.”

Another point of criticism is that the government did not initiate any awareness campaigns to educate the public about sex trafficking and forced labor. The government has also not identified “incidents of foreign child sex tourism in St. Maarten,” the report concluded. – By Hilbert Haar –TSXM

NEW PHOTOS: From home in Middle Region infants death

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 Morgan points to a spot on a couch which was blood splattered. D.L.B lied down on the same couch prior to his vicious attack on the two month old child

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Reid points to the area where D.L.B smashed to gain entry into the house

St. Maarten  – Public opinions that have been appearing in the social media about to the circumstances leading up to the bizarre killing of two months old Mark Reid Jr, is only adding insult to injury for the Jamaican couple who are still grappling with the tragic loss.

While the investigation into the murder which took place shortly before midnight on Tuesday evening is still in its initial stages, the speculations leading up to the killing of the two months old has been blown out of proportion by public opinion.

However, that is just one aspect Latoya Morgan and Mark Reid Sr, have to deal with in the aftermath of the tragedy. They still have to await to results on the autopsy to determine the actual cause of death before they can plan the funeral and they are now planning to relocate from the house in Middle Region after three years.

The couple was finally allowed to return to the house late on Wednesday afternoon after the police had collected physical evidence. When theToday was invited to visit the scene of the crime yesterday, a glass table which was smashed by D.L.B was placed outside for removal.

A piece of board partially covered the smashed window to the right of the door which allowed D.L.B to gain entry into the apartment. A deathly silence filled the air. “I cannot stay here anymore because of what took place here, I have to find somewhere else to go,” Morgan said.

She however expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams who took time off from her usually busy schedule to console her personally on Wednesday and her employers at Oyster Bay Resorts who provided the couple with a room to stay for a while.

“My landlord is a nice person and we have a good relationship. She even offered to bar up the windows for me, but I cannot stay here, the memories will always haunt me,” Morgan added. The first opportunity to see the earthly remains of Mark Jr presented itself yesterday when the parents were asked to identify the body officially in the presence of the police and as it turned out, that was not exactly a nice experience.

“I could not handle that, the father and his grandmother went, I don’t know how I will deal with it at the funeral,” the mother said. But as the father, Mark Sr had to do something he never even dreamt he would have to do.

“It takes a strong man to go and see his baby son lying dead and not being able to even touch him because that was not allowed. That man messed up my son real bad, it is real sad,” Mark Sr said.

In response to the negative comments that are being made, Reid who has been working at Sheriff Security for the better part of six years said he does not know D.L.B. personally although they worked for the same boss.

“I may have seen him maybe once or twice when I was working at the gate in Oyster Pond when he went to pick up his mother who works there. This company has many locations and if I am working on the north side, it’s not easy for me to know who works on the south side, but I never even spoke with him,” Reid stated.

“People are talking about that he is the baby’s father and all of that nonsense, it’s just that the devil came knocking on my door that night,” Reid pointed out. A grieving and now frustrated Latoya also vented her anger on the negative remarks that are being leveled against her at a time when she needs consolation instead.

“Some people saying that the guy is my boyfriend, I don’t even know him, I never saw him I only know his mother and that is really bad, it’s not right for people to say things like that,” she said.

Reid Sr also expressed his concerns when he was told that on the day of the funeral, it may be a closed casket. “That means that my son got damaged real badly with multiple stab wounds. From what I saw, he had bruises on his face, but I was not able to see the rest of his body.”

Even if the couple had decided to remain there, the vivid chalk marks along the crime scene will cause them to remember what transpired on the night of April 2 in front of the Wing Li Supermarket. – TSXM

LATEST UPDATE: Grieving parents faced with another dilemma

Latoya, Mark and Mark Jr. Reid. Photo – Today

St. Maarten – Public opinions that have been appearing in the social media about to the circumstances leading up to the bizarre killing of two months old Mark Reid Jr, is only adding insult to injury for the Jamaican couple who are still grappling with the tragic loss.

While the investigation into the murder which took place shortly before midnight on Tuesday evening is still in its initial stages, the speculations leading up to the killing of the two months old has been blown out of proportion by public opinion.

However, that is just one aspect Latoya Morgan and Mark Reid Sr, have to deal with in the aftermath of the tragedy. They still have to await to results on the autopsy to determine the actual cause of death before they can plan the funeral and they are now planning to relocate from the house in Middle Region after three years.

The couple was finally allowed to return to the house late on Wednesday afternoon after the police had collected physical evidence. When the Today was invited to visit the scene of the crime yesterday, a glass table which was smashed by D.L.B was placed outside for removal.

A piece of board partially covered the smashed window to the right of the door which allowed D.L.B to gain entry into the apartment. A deathly silence filled the air. “I cannot stay here anymore because of what took place here, I have to find somewhere else to go,” Morgan said.

She however expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams who took time off from her usually busy schedule to console her personally on Wednesday and her employers at Oyster Bay Resorts who provided the couple with a room to stay for a while.

“My landlord is a nice person and we have a good relationship. She even offered to bar up the windows for me, but I cannot stay here, the memories will always haunt me,” Morgan added. The first opportunity to see the earthly remains of Mark Jr presented itself yesterday when the parents were asked to identify the body officially in the presence of the police and as it turned out, that was not exactly a nice experience.

“I could not handle that, the father and his grandmother went, I don’t know how I will deal with it at the funeral,” the mother said. But as the father, Mark Sr had to do something he never even dreamt he would have to do.

“It takes a strong man to go and see his baby son lying dead and not being able to even touch him because that was not allowed. That man messed up my son real bad, it is real sad,” Mark Sr said.

In response to the negative comments that are being made, Reid who has been working at Sheriff Security for the better part of six years said he does not know D.L.B. personally although they worked for the same boss.

“I may have seen him maybe once or twice when I was working at the gate in Oyster Pond when he went to pick up his mother who works there. This company has many locations and if I am working on the north side, it’s not easy for me to know who works on the south side, but I never even spoke with him,” Reid stated.

“People are talking about that he is the baby’s father and all of that nonsense, it’s just that the devil came knocking on my door that night,” Reid pointed out. A grieving and now frustrated Latoya also vented her anger on the negative remarks that are being leveled against her at a time when she needs consolation instead.

“Some people saying that the guy is my boyfriend, I don’t even know him, I never saw him I only know his mother and that is really bad, it’s not right for people to say things like that,” she said.

Reid Sr also expressed his concerns when he was told that on the day of the funeral, it may be a closed casket. “That means that my son got damaged real badly with multiple stab wounds. From what I saw, he had bruises on his face, but I was not able to see the rest of his body.”

Even if the couple had decided to remain there, the vivid chalk marks along the crime scene will cause them to remember what transpired on the night of April 2 in front of the Wing Li Supermarket.  – Milton G Pieters TODAY