Hang mur­der­ers in pub­lic, de­mands for­mer MP

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL GROWTH, INVESTMENT, JOBS - Christopher Serju Gleaner Writer christopher.serju@glean­erjm.com

MORE THAN 28 years af­ter the State last hanged a con­victed mur­derer, Sally Por­te­ous, cus­tos of Manch­ester, re­mains con­vinced that the death penalty is the most ef­fec­tive de­ter­rent for those mem­bers of the so­ci­ety bent on killing oth­ers. The wave of sav­agery to which she has been ex­posed in re­cent times has only served to re­in­force that be­lief. “All mur­ders are bad, but we’ve seen some that have re­ally shat­tered us. It’s a new kind of bar­baric cold­ness that we are not used to here. We have not seen that be­fore,” Por­te­ous told a Gleaner Jobs and Growth Fo­rum at the Man­dev­ille Ho­tel in Manch­ester on Mon­day. “You guys know how I feel about per­sons who cold-heart­edly de­cide that they are go­ing to take some­body else’s life, and I still be­lieve that. I be­lieve in the death penalty.” One such case, which still res­onates with the for­mer coun­cil­lor, is the case of busi­ness­man Ter­rence Green just over a year ago.

“Mr Green was shot and killed in broad day­light in Chris­tiana when he came back from the bank. At 1 o’clock in the af­ter­noon, walk­ing down the street with hun­dreds of peo­ple in the street – robbed and shot right in front of ev­ery­body,” Por­te­ous re­called.

Calvin Lyn, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Lyn’s Funeral Home, used the op­por­tu­nity to state his sup­port for the death penalty.

How­ever, the for­mer mem­ber of par­lia­ment for North East Manch­ester told the fo­rum that he would take it even fur­ther by mak­ing the ex­e­cu­tions pub­lic.

“When the per­son is found guilty, they should be hanged, or by what­ever method of dis­posal, in the cap­i­tal of the town where they com­mit­ted the crime,” Lyn de­clared.


The Al­part baux­ite fa­cil­ity in Nain, St El­iz­a­beth.


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