Red Dragon Dies – RIP – ‘Hol A Fresh’

Big tune in the 1980’s at the time.  Some how the quality being delivered by many today is not as memorable as in that era.  ‘Run go hol a fresh’.  I can rock to that tune anytime, still hold its own and that is what I call ‘legendary’ in dancehall.


‘Hol a fresh’ singer Red Dragon dies

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2015


Veteran Jamaican deejay Red Dragon has died.

The deejay, known for the hit single, Hol A Fresh, died in hospital after being ill for sometime.

Red Dragon, whose real name is, Leroy May, was most popular in the 1980s.

He deejayed with several sound systems in the early 1980s, including Barrington Hi Fi, Stone Love, People’s Choice, and his own Rambo Mango, initially working under the name Redman.

His early recordings included ‘Computer’ for producer Charlie Chaplin and ‘Nah Get Nutten’ for Harry J.

His first big hit  was ‘Hol a Fresh’ for Winston Riley.

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Who Will Be Shedding Tears? – A Brave Policewoman Was Murdered On A Passenger Bus

The murder of the female ‘copper’ was felt across the Island.  The United States American Embassy on the Roc paid tribute.  Now we are told one of the suspect’s died while in Police custody.  I ask the uncomfortable question here, who are the mourners on this one?

Each day we depart our households facing our reality that on the Roc with the spate of killings that are not being contained, today could be our last day.  The stresses of life that many find unbearable to handle leaves a fair amount on the edge of suicide, or suffering failing health as a result of chronic diseases. Reading the written press or watching the media on television, you are overwhelmed with the deaths, economic hardships and untimely deaths of more than a few.  Persons close to us we hear suffering serious health crisis, and with all the abovementioned, there are those of us that must find the balance in our lives despite the odds we face.  So tell me, outside of the family and friends of this latest deceased, who amongst the citizens of this country will mourn this death?

Human Rights may jump on this as they are charged to carry out their own mandate for which they are compensated; however, I hardly think the JCF high command has  neither time nor effort to invest on this matter.  The unsolved murder cases, current and crime prevention initiatives are awfully more time consuming I would think. Where does that leave us?  In a state where we must face the reality that regardless of the circumstances, tomorrow is guaranteed to no one so equip yourself mentally for all eventualities, and find that balance in your life daily.


Suspect in cop’s killing dies in police custody, Commissioner orders probe

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, August 01, 2015 | 10:43 AM     


Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has ordered a probe into the death of a prisoner who was being held at the Hunts Bay Police Lock-up.

Dead is 29-year-old Marlon Cherrington, otherwise called ‘Kemar Anderson’, of Kidd Lane, Kingston 11. He was being held at the lock-up in relation to the brutal slaying of woman Constable Crystal Thomas.

Thomas was gunned down on her way from work on a public passenger bus along Spanish Town Road in Kingston, three weeks ago.

The commissioner has requested the urgent completion of internal investigations into the circumstances that led to the serious injuries sustained by Cherrington, and has stated that, “the Jamaica Constabulary Force has been cooperating fully with INDECOM to ensure the speedy completion of all aspects of this investigation”.

“The police have a responsibility to protect all persons within its custody, and any failure to give full protection to individuals in our custody is a serious violation of our duty to ensure the safety of persons in police lock-ups,” the commissioner said.

He said that although stricter measures have been implemented in lock-ups across the island to improve the conditions under which detainees are held, the death of Cherrington highlights the need for the urgent implementation of additional measures, including the expansion of a programme to install CCTV cameras in all lock-ups.

“This will ensure greater transparency and accountability for police actions,” Williams said.

The commissioner has also requested the support of the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice to convene an early meeting with human rights representatives to review the implementation of recommendations to improve the treatment of persons being held in the custody of the police.

In the meantime, the commissioner has expressed deep regret over the death of Cherrington.

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All Murders Are Not Equal – All Killings Are Not Murders

Not every killing is a murder I opine, hence I believe in the death penalty. I do recognise there are extenuating circumstances in each murder. The different elements than can contribute to murder, the Court of Law is where the facts circumstantial or not will be presented by both prosecution and defence.

The consequence must be as severe as the act giving persons clear knowledge that if you commit murder you will be killed and not spend your years in prison being fed from tax payers money. Jamaica can no longer afford that luxury.

If the case is as clear cut as the one below which I remember, then the convict should be given the death sentence. Why the prosecution did not put that on the table boggles my mind? This is what you call cold blooded murder with no provocation outside of an inflated ego which was deflated by rejection.


JDF soldier loses appeal in Diamond Lounge murders

(Jamaica Gleaner) Friday | July 31, 2015

JAMAICA DEFENCE Force soldier Leslie Moodie who shot and killed four men in the Diamond Lounge Gaming Club on Washington Boulevard, St Andrew in October 28, 2008, while a birthday party was in session has lost his appeal against his murder convictions.

However, the Court of Appeal has set aside the sentence of death passed on him and ordered that he be re-sentenced following a sentencing hearing in the Home Circuit Court later this year. The court said yesterday that as regards sentence, the prosecution did not seek to uphold the sentence of death imposed on Moodie by the presiding judge.

Moodie could now be sentenced to life imprisonment with an order as to how many years he must serve before parole.

Justice Horace Marsh (now retired) in passing sentence in August 2014 had said that the murders were exceptional and extreme and there was nothing to show that Moodie was remorseful or there was any possibility of reform. Marsh said then that even after Moodie was convicted by the jury, he was still maintaining he was innocent as outlined in the social enquiry and psychiatric reports.

Defence lawyers Pierre Rogers and Michael Deans had made impassioned pleas for the judge to impose a sentence of life imprisonment. They argued that on the night of the incident, Moodie was provoked and was not in charge of his faculties because he was drinking heavily.

unsworn statement

In response, the judge said when Moodie gave his unsworn statement from the dock, the soldier said in his defence that he had only one bottle of Guinness on the night of the incident, and was not drunk. The judge commented that when one of the men was shot and fell on the floor, Moodie used his foot to turn him over and said, “You going to die tonight.”

Moodie, 34, who was a corporal attached to the Coast Guard of the JDF, had said in his defence that men with guns and knives attacked him and he defended himself.

The prosecution led evidence at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that it was Moodie who fired shots in the club, killing the four and injuring several others. The witnesses said that about 4 a.m. on October 20, 2008, Moodie was having drinks in the club and was harassing a female patron. Persons in the club cautioned him about his behaviour and he began firing shots.

Moodie was convicted of the murders of Ejon Peart, 20, a sound-system operator of Greendale Drive, Kingston 19; Davian Kerr, 19, and Lynchmore Forbes, 24, both of Pembroke Hall; and William Wilberforce, 28, of Duhaney Drive, Kingston 20.

Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, QC, who represented Moodie on appeal filed several grounds of appeal seeking to have the convictions overturned.

Prosecutors Lisa Palmer-Hamilton and Paula Archer-Hall argued that the judge’s review of the evidence and his directions to the jury could not be faulted.

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