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Opposition demanding statement from Bunting over increase in murders

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 6:29 AM

The Opposition is demanding an urgent statement from the National Security Minister Peter Bunting on measures to be implemented to stem the increase in murders in Jamaica. 

The call from the Spokesperson on National Security, Derrick Smith follows new data indicating that there has been an 18 per cent increase in murders for the first six months of the year.

He says the new data is alarming and Bunting must now seek to assure Jamaicans of what is being done to address the situation. 

 

Opposition Spokesperson on National Security, Derrick Smith

Up to Sunday, 572 murders were recorded which is 86 more than the 486 killings recorded for the similar period last year.

In May, Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams said he was not overly worried about the increases adding that criminal gangs were responsible for 50 per cent of the murders recorded.

During the same month, National Security Minister Peter Bunting described the upsurge in murders across the island as a bump in the road.