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New St Catherine Custos wants extortion tackled

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 2:04 PM

Newly installed Custos of St Catherine, Reverend Jeffery McKenzie, has appealed for more to be done to eradicate the problem of extortion in the parish.

In referencing a recent Gleaner article about a million-dollar extortion racket operating in the old capital, Reverend McKenzie lamented that the illicit activity is out of control in Spanish Town and needs special attention.

The pastor of the Phillippo Baptist Church stressed that those being extorted should stand up to criminals and the police should do more to protest businesses and citizens.

Reverend McKenzie challenged justices of the peace in the parish and across the country to work alongside magistrates and law enforcement agencies to eradicate crime.

McKenzie, who was installed as Custos yesterday, said he was extremely overwhelmed by the appointment and said he will be doing all he can to better the lives of all residents of the St Catherine.

Meanwhile, Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, lauded the Custos McKenzie as a man who has contributed to community development in St Catherine.

He says the new Custos is the best person for the job.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, who represented the Prime Minister at the installation ceremony, also praised the newly installed Custos for his contribution to the community.