Op­po­si­tion con­demns St Ann JP’s killing

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Se­na­tor Mark Golding, the Op­po­si­tion’s spokesper­son on jus­tice and gov­er­nance, has ex­pressed shock and sad­ness at the mur­der of St Ann jus­tice of the peace Colin Cor­ro­dus.

“Jus­tices of the peace play a crit­i­cal role in Ja­maica’s jus­tice sys­tem. The ser­vices they pro­vide the pub­lic in­clude the au­then­ti­ca­tion of im­por­tant doc­u­ments, mon­i­tor­ing con­di­tions in lock-ups across the coun­try, and ad­ju­di­cat­ing cases in the Petty Ses­sions courts,” he said.

“The slay­ing of Mr Cor­ro­dus at his home is there­fore a par­tic­u­larly heinous at­tack on the rule of law in our coun­try, and an omi­nous be­gin­ning for the new year.”

Golding ex­tended con­do­lences on be­half of the Op­po­si­tion to Cor­ro­dus’ wi­dow, other fam­ily mem- bers, and friends of the de­ceased.

“He served his coun­try nobly and well, and all well-think­ing Ja­maicans share your grief at this dif­fi­cult time,” Golding said.

Golding said vi­o­lent crime con­tin­ues to plague Ja­maica with no sign of abat­ing.

“The sit­u­a­tion has been al­lowed to get out of con­trol, and is now threat­en­ing to set back the hard-won gains of the last four years,” he said.

Golding said Ja­maica can­not achieve pros­per­ity in the midst of may­hem.

“It is in­cum­bent on the Govern­ment to awake from its slum­ber and im­ple­ment ef­fec­tive mea­sures, con­sis­tent with the con­sti­tu­tional rights of our peo­ple to deal with this cri­sis,” he said.

JER­MAINE BARNABY

Mark Golding This man was seen walk­ing past a big pile of garbage on Hanover Street in Kingston last week.

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