St James equals hor­ri­fy­ing mur­der record

Mt Horeb man is vic­tim 212 in killing spree

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Adrian Frater News Editor adrian.frater@glean­erjm.com

SWESTERN BUREAU: T JAMES is now stand­ing on the doorstep of du­bi­ous his­tory as the par­ish reg­is­tered its 212th mur­der over the past week­end, equalling last year’s record-break­ing tally.

This year is now on the verge of be­com­ing the blood­i­est year in the par­ish’s his­tory.

“It is a damn shame! With the way peo­ple are be­ing slaugh­tered, we could well go past the 250 mark be­fore the end of the year,” a for­mer top-flight St James crime fighter, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“In our time, we used to have mur­ders, but we never al­lowed crim­i­nals to be as dom­i­nant as they are to­day,” con­tin­ued the ex-po­lice­man.

“We need po­lice who know the ter­rain and are not afraid to con­front crim­i­nals.”

The lat­est vic­tim of the spi­ralling mur­der toll is 31-year-old Orville Thel­well, who is of a Mt Horeb ad­dress, near the

prob­lem-plagued Cam­bridge com­mu­nity in ru­ral St James.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports from the Cam­bridge po­lice, ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 p.m. Fri­day, res­i­dents in Mt Horeb heard a bar­rage of gun­fire and sum­moned the po­lice. On the ar­rival of the po­lice, Thel­well was found dead in his yard with mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds to his up­per body.

In re­cent months, the Cam­bridge com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing dis­tricts such as Mt Horeb and Re­trieve have been a hot­bed of gun vi­o­lence, which has re­sulted in sev­eral mur­ders, in­clude three mem­bers of one fam­ily – a grand­fa­ther, his son and his grand­son, who were all killed in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents.

LOT­TERY SCAM­MING

“First time Mt Horeb was a peace­ful ... we could sleep with our doors open be­cause we never even used to have petty crime,” an el­derly grand­mother told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“Since the scam­ming (lot­tery scam­ming) come into the com­mu­nity, it mash up ... it’s just shoot­ing, shoot­ing and killing.”

De­spite sev­eral polic­ing ini­tia­tives to in­clude changes in the par­ish’s po­lice com­mand struc­ture, in­creased per­son­nel and joint po­lice-mil­i­tary pa­trols, the gang­sters, who are be­lieved to be play­ers in the il­licit lot­tery scam, con­tinue to wreak mur­der­ous havoc.

Last week, Glo­ria Henry, pres­i­dent of the Mon­tego Bay Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, ad­mit­ted that the crime sit­u­a­tion was now tak­ing a toll on the busi­ness com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially in the St James cap­i­tal, the cen­tre of the epi­demic.

“We are be­gin­ning to see where we can lose some busi­ness be­cause of crime in Mon­tego Bay,” said Henry, while ad­dress­ing last week’s launch of the Ki­wa­nis Club of Prov­i­dence Mon­tego Bay’s Breast Can­cer Run/Walk 2016.

Po­lice and sol­diers have been busy pa­trolling sec­tions of Mon­tego Bay.

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