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JDF saddened by murder-suicide involving soldier

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 4:43 AM
The JDF says it is examining additional best practice techniques in mental and occupational health and safety that can be introduced in the Force.

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) says it is shocked and saddened by the murder-suicide involving one of its members.

The incident involved forty-six-year-old basic school principal, Gayle Anderson, and her fiancé, JDF soldier, John Williams.

Their bodies were discovered at her home in Williamsfield, Manchester on Thursday.

In a release last evening, the JDF said it recognises the loss, hurt and grief occasioned by the event and extends its condolences to the immediate and extended family of all those impacted.

It says it stands ready to provide the necessary support for those affected.

The Force says it awaits the findings of the relevant investigative authorities even as it grapples with the reality that soldiers work under extremely difficult and stressful situations.

It notes that they work long shifts, are away from home for extended periods and are exposed to personal danger and other occupational hazards that come with being a member of the military.

The JDF says it is examining additional best practice techniques in mental and occupational health and safety that can be introduced in the Force.