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Redman distances team from fire at NE St Elizabeth constituency office

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 10:14 PM
Evon Redman (centre) leads his supporters on a victory march after being given their backing to be the PNP's candidate for North East St. Elizabeth to replace Raymond Pryce.

The newly installed standard-bearer for North East St Elizabeth, Evon Redman, has distanced himself, his team and supporters from this morning's fire which gutted the constituency office of incumbent Member of Parliament, Raymond Pryce.

"In view of the fact that I am now the candidate, what is to be gained from something like this? Absolutely nothing!” declared Redman, speaking with The Gleaner from the People's National Party PNP candidates' preparation retreat in St Ann.

Firefighters say they suspect the fire was deliberately set.

Redman told The Gleaner that he was already at the Riu hotel in Ocho Rios, St Ann, when he received news of the fire.

"When I heard blame from some quarters being placed at our feet, that we had something to do with this incident, I was taken aback in view of the fact that I am now the candidate,” he said.

Condemning the incident Redman said: “This type of behaviour has never been and will never be a part of my style or function of my team.”

Having been locked in meetings all day, Redman said he hopes that the Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce has filed a formal report to the police so that a thorough investigation can be carried and the perpetrators brought to justice.

The burning of the constituency office, located in the town of Santa Cruz is the latest in a string of incidents, sparked by the challenge to Pryce, a first-term Member of Parliament.

There were also court action and public demonstrations.

Pryce later pull out of the race to run as the PNP’s candidate.