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Chang pinpoints domestic dispute in murders of returning residents

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang says the recent killings of returning residents in the island are “wicked and un-Jamaican”, noting that most of the cases are a result of domestic disputes.

The minister was responding to the deaths of Karen Cleary-Brown and Barbara Findley, whose bodies were found on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, after they were reported missing. Both women had returned to the island from the United Kingdom.

The body of 43-year-old Cleary-Brown was discovered in a shallow grave at the house she was building in Boscobel, St Mary, while Findley's decomposing body was found near to her residence in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth.

“Let me reiterate and be very clear, that these horrific acts of violence against our citizens are reprehensible. It is even more troubling, that in most cases, these killings are a result of domestic disputes between the victims and persons well-known to them,” Chang said in a statement today.

“It is irresponsible to suggest that these killings are a result of targeted attacks on our returning Jamaicans. The police reports indicate instead, that several of the murders are committed by men who have endeared themselves to the victims.”

The minister noted that 11 returning Jamaicans were killed in Jamaica over the course of this year and all of the accused have been apprehended.

“We call on persons with information concerning any murder, to tell the police or call Crime Stop and share what you know. For the festive season, our security forces have increased deployment, to continue to reduce crimes, especially homicides,” Chang continued.

He further stated that: “We are on one hand, satisfied that the homicide rate is heading in the right direction, with a 21 per cent decrease in murders. But, on the other hand we cannot, and must not as a nation, accept these occurrences as a norm. Let us this holiday season, return to being each other's keeper.”

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