A deportee has been taken into custody in connection with the recent murders of homeless men in the corporate area.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the revelation while speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 26).
“This is in relation to the three homeless persons who were killed downtown in the Sutton Street area . That person is a deportee. And I don’t want to say too much on the investigations but they do have a suspect with strong evidence in their custody,” Holness said
“While they have not abandoned the theory that is coordinated. At present, it does not seem that way. But with such numbers, you cannot rule out the possibility of a coordinated attack, but at this point, it doesn’t seem that way. And they are investigating,” he added.
Holness also noted that he was assured by the Police Commissioner that patrols would be increased in the area.
Prior to the Holness’ update, Opposition Leader, Mark Golding, had called on the Prime Minister to address the killings, in addition to the overall spike in crime that has been rocking the nation.
“Madam speaker, in the last 24 hours, we have witnessed the, or heard about the murders of six homeless persons in the corporate area. In the Kingston West division over six people were murdered in the last 24 hours, we have the Rocky Point plane crash in peculiar circumstances, are we not going to have a statement from the Minister of National Security or the Prime Minister on the issue of the chaos reigning in the country,” asked Golding.
The Prime Minister also used the occasion to share his plans for the island’s homeless population which is estimated at approximately 2,000 persons, which includes the construction of a new facility.