MoBay bleeding again - Seven killed in 14 days
Sylvan Reid, councillor for the Salt Spring Division in the St James Municipal Corporation, is convinced that the state of emergency in the western side of the island is not effective.
"I am very concerned about the rise in murders, and I am making an appeal to the authorities, the police and soldiers in general, to let us feel more secure in this parish because the state of public emergency is not working, and persons are being killed almost every other day," Reid said.
Reid's comments come after seven persons were killed in the past two weeks.
The latest victim is Kimani McIntosh, 25, who was shot multiple times in the Mud Valley area of the parish yesterday.
Before him, Floyd Frazer, a contractor of Richmond Hill and Norwood addresses in Montego Bay, St James, was murdered on Sunday.
Reports by the police are that about 8 p.m., Frazer was driving in the Mango Wall area of Montego Bay when he was ambushed and shot to death by gunmen.
LIVING IN FEAR
At least 68 persons have been murdered in St James since the start of the year. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen declared a state of public emergency in Westmoreland, St James and Hanover on April 30. At the time, police statistics show that 410 persons have been reported killed in Jamaica since January 1.
At the time, Commissioner of Police Major Antony Anderson said Westmoreland, Hanover, and St James had been experiencing significant levels of criminality.
He said that St James had seen a 70 per cent increase in murders this year, compared to the corresponding period last year.
But now some residents in the west are living in fear.
"When they came with the first state of public emergency, we were feeling kinda safe and secure, but this latest security measure, does not seem to be going anywhere," a resident told WESTERN STAR. "The police and soldiers cannot be everywhere at once, and we cannot be naive about that. But they need to put something in place to stop crime, and surely it is not a state of emergency because it is not working."