An­other re­turn­ing res­i­dent killed

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - SI­MONE MOR­GAN-LINDO STAR Writer

Per­ci­val Latouche, pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica As­so­ci­a­tion for the Re­set­tle­ment of Re­turn­ing Res­i­dent, has con­demned the killings of per­sons re­turn­ing to the is­land to live.

Speak­ing with THE STAR yes­ter­day, Latouche de­scribed the re­cent killings as an epi­demic which is spread­ing.

“This is a time for all Ja­maicans to unite with uni­ver­sal con­dem­na­tion of these crimes that are di­rected to­wards Ja­maicans, whose de­sire is to re­turn to the land of their birth,” he said.

Since the start of the year, at least 12 re­turn­ing res­i­dents have been killed.

Up to press time last night, the St El­iz­a­beth po­lice were still pro­cess­ing a crime scene af­ter the body of a fe­male was found on Bea­dles Boule­vard in the parish. The body is be­lieved to be that of pho­tog­ra­pher Bar­bara Find­ley of Santa Cruz and Lon­don, Eng­land, ad­dresses. The 58-yearold woman went miss­ing on Novem­ber 29.

RE­CENT MUR­DERS

Ac­cord­ing to Latouche, he spoke with the Bri­tish pho­tog­ra­pher ap­prox­i­mately two weeks ago, and he had agreed to meet with her to­mor­row.

“She had brought a mat­ter to me in re­gard to a prop­erty, and I was sup­posed to meet with her this Fri­day. I didn’t get much de­tails about the sit­u­a­tion, but she even en­quired if she could visit me at an ear­lier date, but I had other com­mit­ments,” he said.

Based on these re­cent mur­ders, Latouche is im­plor­ing the po­lice to thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate the cases and ap­pre­hend the guilty par­ties.

“I am not a man that is usu­ally short of words, but I am run­ning out of an­swers. If I was younger, I would not be here. I would pack my bags and go to a civilised coun­try,” he said.

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