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POLICE REPORT: Grand Turk Man Charged with Murder

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#TurksandCaicosIslands, October 10, 2023 – LUKINSON LEGER, 21, of West Road, Grand Turk, was charged on this date, Wednesday 4th October 2023, with the murder of Mr. Sevano Wilson Jr., after investigators consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr. Wilson, 21, of South School Lane, Grand Turk, was fatally wounded on the evening of September 29th during a celebratory event at Governor’s Beach, Grand Turk.

Following the incident, Police Officers at the scene rushed Mr. Wilson to the Cockburn Town Medical Centre where he died while undergoing medical treatment.

The matter will be heard at a date to be determined.

Superintendent (Head of Crime, Safeguarding, and Public Protection) Dean Holden said: “Firstly I want to again extend condolences to the family of Mr. Sevano Wilson Jr. during this traumatic period. I met the family during a visit earlier this week along with my colleague Superintendent Dwight Gardiner. I am fully aware of the impact their loved one’s death is having on them.

“An individual has been charged with the murder of Mr. Wilson and it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the specifics of the investigation since doing so can compromise future judicial processes. This has been an intensive and committed investigation involving close consultation with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“A second male who was arrested in connection with this investigation has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

“At this point, I can say that the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force was robust in its response to this incident. Additional investigative resources from Providenciales to support local officers in the investigation were allocated.

“This is not the end of our investigation. I am again asking that anyone who saw any part of the incident at Governor’s Beach on Friday 29th September, contact the nearest police station to assist us in continuing to piece together the full sequence of events.”

On the issue of social media posts surrounding the investigation, Superintendent Holden said: “I am also aware of posts on social media that refer to the police investigation. These posts are wholly inaccurate. The family of the victim has an appointed, dedicated Family Liaison Officer who has been in daily contact with them and has fully updated them on the factual aspects and progress of the investigation.

“Inaccurate and speculative posts on social media are not only potentially detrimental to the investigation but are also potentially upsetting for the family and friends of the victim. I ask that people avoid posting anything of this nature.

“Finally, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force remains committed to doing everything within legal avenues to robustly investigate incidents, support victims of crime and their families, reassure local communities, and bring offenders to justice.

“We rely heavily on the support of our communities and will continue to strive to forge effective relationships with them and work in partnership.”

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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