Family seeks help for man hurt at JLP rally


March 21, 2016
Neville Salmon

The family of a Clarendon man is appealing to their Member of Parliament, Pearnel Charles to assist them with his medical bills after he sustained injuries when gunshots were fired at a Jamaica Labour Party mass rally in St James, last month.

Neville Salmon, 42, who suffers from a mental illness, is said to have boarded a bus transporting party supporters to Montego Bay.

During the then opposition leader's address, shots rang out in the crowd, party supporters scampered, and he was allegedly mowed down by a car as he attempted to cross a roadway.

It took his relatives three weeks to locate him at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. His sister, Rose, said the family was contacted by the Chapelton police.

"When we went there his leg was broken and the doctor said the pin to set back the leg cost $65,000, plus medication costing another $15,000," she told THE STAR. "We are a poor family and we cannot afford it so we are begging Mr Charles to please help us."

She said no one has been able to visit him at the hospital because they cannot afford the fare to do so. His mother, Mavis Salmon, says the MP has promised to assist them, but they have not heard from him since he made the promise.

Several calls to Charles cell phone went unanswered yesterday.

- S.S.

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