Attack On Courthouse Leaves Staff In Fear For Their Lives

Staff at the Corporate Area Criminal Court in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, have been working in fear after their workplace was attacked by an unknown assailant on Monday.

A court official told Jamaica Today that somewhere between 3:30 and 4pm staff members in the main office upstairs heard a loud bang and when checks were made, it was revealed that a window was smashed by a stone thrown by someone.

We are here wondering if we are going to have to start wearing hard hats at work just in case another stone comes our way,” said an assistant Clerk of Court, who requested anonymity.

The source also said no one was injured from the attack but splinters were seen everywhere, prompting workers to make frantic exit from the office.

The attack is the second incident in two months after a similar incident on June 6 around 8pm.

There is speculation that the attack is linked to word on the street that Leighton “Livity” Coke, the brother of former Tivoli Gardens’ strongman Christopher “Dudus” Coke, threatened a judge in the Gun Court during a recent appearance there on a murder charge.

The source was unable to say whether the two incidents were related as the first incident occurred weeks before the alleged threat.

Jamaica Today tried without success to get a comment from Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patrick Murdock, who is assigned to the court. However, a Clerk of Court said DSP Murdock was informed of the first incident, though it wasn’t formally reported.

The only thing they did was to duct-taped the window. The government is giving the public the impression that they have beefed up security on all courts, yet still someone can throw anything inside and the only thing they do is to come and take photos,” the source said.

The source went on to say that more needs to be done to ensure the safety of all staff members at the court and not just the judges.

People really don’t care about us. The public sees us more than how they see the judges and we have no form of security,” the source said.

By Roxroy McLean

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