Man electrocuted in Clarendon

July 11, 2017
Residents of Oaks Pen district in Rock River, Clarendon, gather at the scene where Horace Hudson was electrocuted.

Residents of Oaks Pen district in Rock River, Clarendon, are expressing concern about power lines in the community which they claim have been neglected by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).

Their concerns come after a man was electrocuted on Sunday as he reportedly made his way through a track in the community.

He is identified as 31-year-old Horace Hudson.

The residents believe he got entangled in an illegal connection that runs in the nearby bushes.

They believe if the light and power company had cleared the bushes from power lines the incident could have been avoided.

However, Director of Corporate Communications at JPS, Winsome Callum, told THE STAR that Hudson was electrocuted when he got entangled with the wires he was using to illegally connect to the JPS lines.

She said the JPS parish manager informed her that there are no power lines down in the community.

Commander for the Clarendon Police Division, Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell, said the JPS narrative seems plausible.

"They see the long bamboo stick, they see the body, they see the illegal wires, you have to believe JPS," Cameron-Powell said.

She said that the police will be conducting a thorough investigation.

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