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Senate President comes under attack for Facebook post about killing of Portmore woman

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Senate President, Floyd Morris, has come under attack on Facebook, for comments he made about last night’s killing of a woman in Portmore, St Catherine, days after she complained about political flags near her house. 

Head of St Catherine South division, Senior Superintendent Noel Christie says investigators have so far been unable to make any link between politics and Sandy Forbes's murder.

However, in a post on his Facebook page, Morris, a People's National Party (PNP) senator, claims the woman was a PNP supporter and was murdered because "she took down a flag that was posted at her gate by members of the JLP". 

However, that comment has not gone down well with dozens of commenters, who criticised Morris for making the assertion especially when the police are yet to determine the motive. 

Mark Wignall, a Gleaner columnist and political commentator, blasted the Senate president for "going ahead of the police". 

"Do you not recognise the delicacy of what your utterances can spark especially in this campaign season?", Wignall posted, adding that "leaders cannot afford to just spout off as Joe Blow on social media and that sometimes things must be held in or kept close to ones chest for the benefit of the common good". 

In defending himself against some of the criticisms, Morris said: "I made this posting on my page because the lady is one of the workers that I have in the field doing the PNP's work."

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Labour Party has released a statement condemning the Senate president's comments. 

The killing took place in Newlands, which falls in East Central St Catherine represented by the PNP's Arnaldo Brown. 

Morris is Brown's campaign manager.