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NCU deplores lecturer's murder

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Dr Gordon Lightbourn’s... his tragic and untimely demise highlights the unacceptable level of crime and violence in the society, said NCU president Dr Lincoln Edwards.

The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) has released a statement deploring last week’s murder of one of its lecturers.

NCU Associate Professor Dr Gordon Lightbourn was last week found at his Sedbergh, Christiana home with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

"Dr Lightbourn’s tragic and untimely demise highlights the unacceptable level of crime and violence in the society, even amidst the COVID19 pandemic," said NCU president Dr Lincoln Edwards.

Lightbourn worked in NCU’s Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science.

Edwards said Lightbourn’s expertise and work in the area of tissue culture was well known nationally.

"He was a vital part of the national drive for self-sufficiency in the production of Irish potato, and took seriously, his role of producing Irish potato seedlings in the lab, for distribution to farmers in central Jamaica," said Edwards.

He is encouraging the authorities and well thinking Jamaicans to urgently find a solution to this “great and appalling malady” called crime.

"Failure to do so will render all of our efforts towards growth and development, in vain, and doom our nation to the increasing levels of corruption and stagnation," Edwards warned.

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