26 Vakuta Street Fig Tree PocketThis architecturally designed home has sold before auction for $1.7 million. The home at 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket.Mr Goesh said that although the suburb was popular, there was a shortage of properties available to buy.“There aren’t enough homes for sale to satisfy the demand,” he said.Data from CoreLogic found median prices in the area were up 35.8 per cent in the past year. The home at 26 Vakuta Street Fig Tree Pocket.“It’s still a leafy, rural suburban area with generous block sizes and less density,” he said.“Plus the schools and parks are a huge draw card for potential buyers.” Inside 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket.“There’s good separation in the home and multiple entertaining areas,” he said.“That really appealed to a lot of buyers.”Mr Goesh said this sale was a strong start to 2018 and a positive reflection on the market in Fig Tree Pocket. Inside 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoMarketing agent Kel Goesh of Brisbane Real Estate said it was the layout of the home that enticed the new owners, a family renting in the area, to buy the property. The home at26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket.The property, at 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket, sits on a 1494sq m block surrounded by rainforest.
Move to ease court backlogThe government said the move to amend the act was to ease the heavy backlog that now burdens the country’s justice system.“The backlog in the courts is a real problem. We have too many cases that drag on for years,’ Chuck said. Plans are afoot by the Jamaican government to amend the Gun Court Act to allow for all non-capital murder cases to be tried by a judge only.Non Capital murder cases are those that are not usually punishable by the death sentence.The disclosure was made by Attorney General Marlene Mahaloo-Forte during a recent debate on the criminal Justice Act in parliament.Trial by judge alone“The Gun Court Act is going to be amended. Currently, this act provides for most firearm offences to be tried by a judge alone. There is a glaring exception in relation to the offence of murder committed with a firearm. In such a situation, the current law provides that trial should be by jury. It is therefore being proposed that a firearm offence, in the non-capital category, will be tried by a judge alone,” she said.Her proposal was bolstered by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck who argued that it would make sense to amend the act “as all other gun offenses are tried by a judge alone.”In Jamaica, capital murder cases are currently tried with a panel of 12 jurors while non-capital murder cases are tried with seven jurors.