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Public urged to stop circulating videos from St Andrew murder-suicide

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 2:29 PM

The police are urging persons to desist from circulating videos depicting today’s murder-suicide on Waltham Park Road, St Andrew.

Correctional officer, Patrick Gowans, this morning shot and killed his estranged wife, 42-year-old Rouleene Clarke-Gowans, also a correctional officer, as she headed to work.

It happened in front of their 12-year-old daughter who has been left traumatised.

Investigators say the graphic video currently making the rounds on social media is causing extreme distress to the victims’ family and friends.

“It serves no one’s interest to circulate such imagery,” Commanding Officer for the St. Andrew South Division, Superintendent Gary Francis said.

He reminded members of the public that the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of speech must be exercised with due sensitivity to the rights of others.

“Consider the dignity of the persons, and how it affects the living,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police say personnel from the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Chaplaincy Branch are currently offering support to persons affected by the incident.

In the aftermath of the incident, Superintendent Gary Francis, commanding officer for the St Andrew South Division, is urging persons involved in disputes and conflicts, especially domestic issues, to seek help.

Francis noted that there are two domestic violence intervention centres in the Corporate Area.

“The centres are staffed by trained professionals who can connect persons with additional support systems if necessary so that these issues do not escalate and end in tragedy,” Francis said.

The centres are located at the Constant Spring Police Station and the Matilda’s Corner Police Station, both in St Andrew. 

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