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Stand-off in Waterford

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE WATERFORD police have confirmed that Andre Stevens, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the Waterford division in the local government elections, has reported threats made on his life while campaigning in the division on Saturday.

Stevens told The Gleaner that while doing house-to-house campaigning on Saturday, a senior member of his party and a woman became embroiled in an argument.

He alleged that the woman told his team member that "... You must dead before the elections," a threat which was allegedly made at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 in Waterford.

Stevens said as far as he was aware the woman was not confronted by anyone in his team, but intruded in a conversation with two schoolboys.

"As far as I know the woman invited herself in the argument. My people were talking to two boys from Calabar High School about the recent reports of rat infestation at the school. I do not know how she became involved, but I was threatened," Steven explained.

Although upset, he continued campaigning, but was forced to stop after another relative of the woman became involved.

"Her brother now joined the argument and told me that 'anywhere you deh, wi a go find you cause a bad man ting mi a deal wid'," he stated.

At this point, Stevens said he ended his campaign and made a report to the Waterford Police Station, where he reported the matter to a Sergeant Kelly, who asked a constable to take a statement, which he provided.

- Erica Virtue