BEHEADINGS ROCK PLUM LANE

Res­i­dents hor­ri­fied as bul­let-rid­dled bod­ies found off White­hall Av­enue

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - An­dré Wil­liams/Staff Re­porter

TWO BUL­LET-RID­DLED bod­ies with heads sev­ered, which were found at Plum Lane off White­hall Av­enue in St An­drew, have trig­gered an in­tense probe by se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tors of the Ma­jor In­ves­ti­ga­tion Divi­sion who are work­ing dili­gently to piece to­gether what­ever ev­i­dence or clues they can find to nab the per­pe­tra­tors of the heinous mur­ders which left the com­mu­nity in shock.

Up to press time, the bod­ies re­mained uniden­ti­fied as it is be­lieved that the killers es­caped with the heads.

The po­lice were re­port­edly called to the scene about 5:30 p.m.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Aaron Fletcher, who heads the St An­drew North Po­lice Divi­sion, con­firmed the in­ci­dent with The Gleaner’s news team.

Fletcher, who was as­signed to the divi­sion ear­lier this year, said as soon as more in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able he will pro­vide an up­date.

Hor­ri­fied by the grue­some killings, a res­i­dent told The Gleaner, “Dem thing nuh hap­pen bout ya. A Span­ish Town ting dat.”

SHARP RISE IN SHOOT­INGS

Up to Septem­ber 19, there were 49 killings in the St An­drew North Divi­sion where yes­ter­day’s dou­ble de­cap­i­ta­tion oc­curred. Forty-five homi­cides were recorded for the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year.

At the same time, shoot­ings had risen sharply by 52.6 per cent up to Septem­ber 19, 2020. There were 58 such in­ci­dents up to Septem­ber 19 this year com­pared with 38 for the pe­riod last year.

On Thurs­day, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Dr Ho­race Chang said that the heads of the se­cu­rity forces had sig­nalled to the Govern­ment the need for the dec­la­ra­tion of a state of pub­lic emer­gency (SOE) to quell the spike in mur­ders in the last few weeks.

How­ever, govern­ment ac­tion, seem­ingly, has been ham­strung by last month’s land­mark rul­ing by the Supreme Court that the de­ten­tion of five men un­der the SOEs was un­con­sti­tu­tional.

“We do need the ad­di­tional tool,”Chang said, adding that the SOEs im­me­di­ately give to the se­cu­rity team al­most twice the strength of the force.

Just this week Ja­maica’s mur­der tally surged past the 1,000 mark, trig­ger­ing in­creased con­cerns by the se­cu­rity forces.

Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Ma­jor Gen­eral Antony An­der­son re­ported a 1.9 per cent de­cline in mur­ders up to this week when com­pared with the sim­i­lar pe­riod in 2019. There was also a 1.7 per cent drop in shoot­ings.

Indi­cat­ing that the force was not sat­is­fied with the mar­ginal de­clines in mur­ders and

shoot­ings, An­der­son told a dig­i­tal press con­fer­ence that the SOE sup­pressed these in­ci­dents quickly in the ar­eas where it was im­posed.

“So it is im­por­tant that we get it. We can see ev­ery time since we’ve im­ple­mented it and it has been re­moved, we start to see the spike again,” An­der­son said.

How­ever, in the ab­sence of the SOEs at this time, An­der­son said that the po­lice would not roll over and play dead.

He re­ported that with the states of emer­gency in place a few weeks ago, the coun­try’s mur­der rate was down 5.2 per cent when com­pared with the sim­i­lar pe­riod for 2019.

“We have pretty much lost about four per cent over the last five weeks, which is of great con­cern to us and the pub­lic,” An­der­son had said.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/CHIEF PHOTO ED­I­TOR

Po­lice from the Ma­jor In­ves­ti­ga­tion Divi­sion last evening at the scene on Plum Lane off White­hall Av­enue where two bod­ies were found be­headed.

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