Campbell withdraws Bloomfield murder comments
St Ann North West Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Dayton Campbell has withdrawn a controversial statement he made at a People’s National Party (PNP) mass rally in Port Antonio, Portland, on Sunday.
Addressing party supporters in seeking to rally them to turn out to support Damion Crawford in the April 4 by-election, Campbell said: “ ... A never sick Dr Bloomfield sick and dead. A kill dem kill Dr Bloomfield inna di midst of the battle”.
East Portland MP Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, whose death has triggered the by-election, was found murdered at his home on February 2. One man has been charged for the killing, and there has been no official statement linking the murder to politics.
In a statement to Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown yesterday, Campbell expressed regret for the comments.
“I regret the interpretation that has been taken and, therefore, withdraw the statement,” he said.
He added that the statements were not intended to cause offence or ascribe blame to anyone.
“I am not aware of who is responsible for the gruesome murder of Dr Bloomfield, and I was not attempting to make any allegations,” Campbell was quoted as saying in a statement released by the PNP.