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Education ministry saddened by murder of lecturer

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has expressed shock at the news that lecturer at the St Joseph's Teachers' College, Samuel Martin, has been found dead.

Martin's body was found this morning at Juno Crescent in May Pen, Clarendon after he went missing on Good Friday.

Police say his hands and feet were bound.

Minister without Portfolio Karl Samuda, in expressing condolences to Martin's family, said he was hopeful that the English lecturer would have been found safe and alive.

Samuda said that the sad news was especially painful as the sector grapples with the recent loss of two students.

The minister has called on the community of Juno Crescent in May Pen, as well as anyone who may have information on his killing, to cooperate with the police as they carry out their investigations.

Martin was an English lecturer in the Language Arts Department at St Joseph's Teachers' College and began teaching at the institution in January of this year.

The ministry said that although he had only been at the school for a short period of time, Principal Dr Gwen Melhado described him as “one who fitted into the culture of St Joseph's well and took part in college activities in addition to his substantive responsibilities”.

The ministry said it will dispatch its trauma team to the institution on Monday April 29, to conduct grief counselling sessions.

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