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JAMAICA | PNP Councillors condemn attack on the homeless

  • Written by wiredja.com news team
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PNP Minority Caucus leader, Councillor  Andrew Swaby PNP Minority Caucus leader, Councillor Andrew Swaby
Kingston, Jamaica, January 25, 2021: The People’s National Party (PNP) Minority Caucus of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Council condemns the spate of violence and savagery that has befallen the homeless community within the Corporate Area.

The PNP Minority Caucus was responding to news reports that six homeless men were attacked, five fatally, in separate incidents in Downtown Kingston and Half Way Tree St Andrew during the night.  It appears the attacks were coordinated.

The Caucus is adding its voice to the growing chorus of national condemnation of the attack and calls for a thorough investigation into this savagery so that those responsible are identified and are brought to justice. The killing of these five homeless persons is numbered among the most depraved acts in this country, it is a new low.

The Caucus said there can be no justification for any attack on the most vulnerable Jamaicans and every well thinking citizen must decry this heinous crime. 

“Though homeless these individuals are still a part of the society, they are human beings and citizens and should be treated as such. Many of them are homeless because they have fallen upon hard times and only require the assistance of a good Samaritan or humane public policy to help them to get back on their feet. If given the opportunity any one of them may have come to make a meaningful contribution to the society.” Minority Caucus leader, Councillor  Andrew Swaby said.

As the JCF conducts their investigations into the matter, Councillor Swaby is encouraging persons with information that might assist in identifying the perpetrators  responsible for these crimes to share this information with the police. He said, “We would like to extend our deepest condolence to the relatives and friends of all the individuals who have lost their lives. We also pray for a speedy recovery for the individual who sustained injury in the attack.”

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