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Greenslade: Just under 80 percent of murder cases closed

  • Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade.

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Dec 28, 2012

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Detectives have closed just under 80 percent of the murder cases for this year, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said.

“The rates when I last looked at the figures was just shy of 80 percent and counting because you find that every other day we turn the corner on one of those murders,” Greenslade told The Nassau Guardian last week.

So far this year there have been 110 murders. That means police have solved at least 85 of those cases.

Police recently closed two murder cases.

On Monday, 27-year-old Charles Hanna Jr. of Fawkes Court, Oakes Field was charged with the December 22 murder of Javel Gardiner.  Police also closed the gruesome murder of the five-year-old boy who was allegedly stabbed to death by his brother Wenzel Knowles, 20, of Kemp Road.  Knowles was also arraigned on Monday in a magistrate’s court.

And while the murder detection rate represents the highest the rate has been for some time, Greenslade told The Nassau Guardian that he is not happy.

“Despite how good our detection rate is, I don’t get excited about that.  We need to look at the prevention side of the house,”Greenslade said.  “We don’t want these things to happen in the first place.  Can you imagine the trauma attendant on persons who have worked hard, and they turn up at homes with their doors smashed and their gifts taken?  They feel like they’ve been raped and robbed.

“When you add personal injury to the mix you couldn’t put words to how badly that feels to those persons and their families.  That is just total disrespect and we must stop that.  And I ask the public, if you know the people who are doing these things, turn them in.  So I’m not excited because it means that harm has already come to people.  Your door has already been broken, your gifts have been stolen, your spirit is broken.  I don’t like to see that,” he said.

Greenslade added that it is more important for the police to prevent such crimes.

“We see the tears, we hear the cries and we want to continue to fight for those people who are dispossessed.  I prefer us to prevent it from happening in the first place so that we don’t have that attendant trauma.  We are doing great work, I don’t want cheat to the officers but I don’t want to see it happening in the first place,” Greenslade added.


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