Attempted break-in at Hay-Webster's house
THE police are now probing an attempted predawn break-in at the St Andrew home of Sharon Hay-Webster, a former Jamaica Labour Party member of parliament for the South Central St Catherine Constituency.
Hay-Webster, who is now a talk show host, confirmed the Saturday morning incident to the Jamaica Observer, saying that the intruder was prevented from entering the house after being slashed on the hand by her 21-year-old daughter.
According the former MP, the assailant initially tried gaining access to the house through the window of the room of her daughter, who was awoken by the scuffle and made an alarm.
She said the man was undeterred and made several more unsuccessful attempts to gain entry at other points of the house before fleeing when neighbours started raising an alarm. The police was called in.
Hay-Webster said she's disturbed by the determination of the criminal to enter the house after being repelled at the first instance.
"We can't keep locking ourselves in our homes with grille and razor wire while criminals walk about freely," she told the Observer yesterday.
There were five similar break-in attempts in the community within the past week the Observer learned. In one of the incidents, the criminals tried to cut a grille to enter the house but were foiled in their attempt.
"It seems as if they are targeting the homes without males or those of elderly people," said a resident of the area who asked to not be identified.
The belief is that the would-be robbers are using the gullies in the area as their escape routes.
The police have promised increased presence in the area.