West­more­land MP de­cries se­ri­ous crimes in par­ish

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment for Western West­more­land, Dr Wyke­ham McNeill, has called for the author­i­ties to move de­ci­sively to stem what he de­scribed as the blood­let­ting in the par­ish.

“In less than a week, the body of an­other beau­ti­ful young woman has been dis­cov­ered in Western West­more­land, the vic­tim of a grue­some as­sault by un­known as­sailants,” McNeill said in a news re­lease yes­ter­day.

McNeill, who spoke to the mother of the lat­est vic­tim by tele­phone, said he felt her pain and an­guish as she strug­gled to come to terms with the re­al­ity that her daugh­ter has be­come a vic­tim of the sense­less mur­der wave sweep­ing the coun­try.

“We must take back our coun­try from the hood­lums who seek to in­still fear in our peo­ple. It is ex­tremely dis­turb­ing that our women and chil­dren are be­com­ing the tar­gets of these heinous crimes,” the MP as­serted.

“The coun­try must re­turn to the days when peo­ple felt that jus­tice was cer­tain and that the law would al­ways be able to pro­tect the most vul­ner­a­ble amongst us.”

He urged the Gov­ern­ment to take speedy ac­tion to re­store or­der, not­ing that ar­eas of the coun­try that en­joyed rel­a­tive peace and tran­quil­lity were now af­fected by shock­ing episodes of crime.

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