Child Murders Soar By 36 Per cent this Year

According to figures compiled by the Statistics and Information Management Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), a total of 60 children have been murdered between January 1 and December 12, 2015.

This represents a 36 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2014.

44 children were murdered last year, 50 in 2013 and 41 in 2012.

  

Of the 60 children murdered this year, 44 were boys.

Thirty five of the children killed were either 16 or 17 years old. Four were between the ages of 1-5 years, two were between 6-10, while 19 were between 11-15 years.

Kingston accounted for 10 of the murders committed over the review period.

St James and St Andrew followed with eight murders each, while St Catherine and Westmoreland recorded seven murders each. Only Trelawny and St Elizabeth failed to record any child murder over the review period.


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Source: Loop Jamaica

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