Most feared gangster Joel Andem caught

April 1, 2018 6:10 AM

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After four years on the run Joel Andem, at the time Jamaica's most feared and notorious, was captured in May 2004 by police and soldiers during an operation in Clarksonville, a rural farming community in St Ann close to the border with Clarendon.

Andem, who led the Gideon Warriors Gang, was clearly frightened as the security forces corralled a six-bedroom house he shared with his father and another adult.

Police reported that at the time of his capture Andem begged for his life and trembled like a “badly tuned truck”.

The feared gangster, who cops accused of over 20 counts of murder, rape, extortion, kidnapping and robbery, was described by police as a semi-literate who had many brushes with the law.

He was first sentenced to six months for larceny in 1983 before being slapped with a 42-year sentence seven years later for illegal possession of a firearm, robbery with aggravation and wounding with intent.

The deadly Gideon Warriors Gang, which operated in the Kintyre, Papine, August Town, Mud Town, and Land Lease communities of St Andrew, was blamed for over 20 murders.

• District Constable James Thomas, who was shot dead in Kintyre in November 2000 while he was on his way to work at the Papine Police Station. His body was thrown in the Hope River.

In total, police suspect that Andem was involved in at least 23 murders.

He is currently serving a 20-year sentence for shooting with intent and was also sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment at hard labour on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm.

In addition, he was slapped with another 20-year prison sentence in relation to other gun-related charges.


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