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'No respect for life' - Leaders speak as triple murder victims laid to rest

Published:Monday | May 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer

PORUS, Manchester:

THE TRAGIC ordeal of having to view the lifeless bodies of loved ones was yesterday experienced yet again by family and friends who turned out for the funeral of the victims of the triple murder that rocked Porus on April 29.

The bodies of Cassandra Nadine Carridice and her two sons, Jovan Thomas, 16, and Roshan Ellis 11, were found with their throats slashed at their home in Goodhope District, Porus. A suspect was arrested and charged and is to reappear in court mid-June.

Member of Parliament for South Manchester Michael Peart said it was a sad day for Jamaica: "I have never seen this before; never seen three people on the page of a funeral programme, and this must be a message to us that something is going wrong in Jamaica. People kill people for all kinds of foolishness. Nothing can be worse than this in Manchester."

He continued: "We come here, we participate in the funeral, and we go home, but what happens to the children that are left behind, the mother and father? You understand that for the rest of their lives when they wake up this is what will confront them? Sometimes some things happen in our community, and we take it too simple because that man maybe shouldn't even have reached police station."

Plea for hanging

Member of Parliament for North East Manchester Audley Shaw, in his address, quickly dismissed the thought of jungle justice but made a plea for hanging to be introduced.

"We have lost respect for human life. We are a country in deep crisis, and we will have to go deep to reach the solutions. Jungle justice is not the solution, but what I'm saying is, let us go back to the Government and tell them to bring back hanging. If you don't want them to hang by their necks, then get a lethal injection like the Americans do."

President of the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Levi Johnson said everyone was in trouble.

"Too much a we a cover up inna Jamaica. Too much is being done to our children, and we are covering it up. We need to be our brother's keeper, and we need to take care of each other."

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