Tamar's 'day of execution'

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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MONDAY, October 21, 2019 was the “day of execution” for Registrar General's Department's Tamar Delise Blake — and that she did.

Years of dreaming and “practising” for the day she would be among scores of Jamaicans receiving national awards from the head of State became a reality yesterday, as she accepted the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for an act of courage and bravery in ensuring the safe return of stolen infant, Sae'breon Hutton.

Hutton was abducted from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital on January 9, 2019 by a woman who was then a total stranger. On February 5, however, Peta-Gaye Ffrench — the woman who has since been found guilty and sentenced in the matter — turned up at the Registrar General's Department in Spanish Town, St Catherine, to register the infant and fell into the capable hands of the alert employee, who correctly summed up the situation when the “new mother” made a few missteps and raised an alarm.

Yesterday, it was a beaming Blake who approached the dais at King's House in St Andrew, to collect a national award during the annual Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards to much applause and cheers.

“Today was the day of execution. I am not sure if it was as I practised, but I did my best. I am still in awe, feeling ecstatic, because it is a dream come true. I am really happy and appreciative and I must say thanks to all the persons who caused this to come through, and who participated in this particular case. I must say thanks to the agency as well, for taking the time to highlight the job we did on the given day,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

In the meantime, she said her being awarded should act as an impetus for citizens in the fight against crimes against children, and kidnapping, in particular. Noting the cases where some missing children are not as fortunate as Sae'breon to be recovered alive, she said: “It means we need to do more campaigning; we are still campaigning against [people who carry out] abductions. I would like this particular case to be the face of a campaign that shows our fight, to say, 'Jamaica is totally against this act, and for persons who are considering doing this, we say desist',” she said, somewhat militantly.


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