Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Chang condemns killings of woman cop and female entertainment promoter

Dr Horace Chang

Dr Horace Chang

National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, has condemned the brutal attack of Woman District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte on Saturday, which left her dead.

Chang has described the killing, which is believed to have been perpetrated by the policewoman’s husband, as unfortunate and deeply saddening.

DC Edwards-Whyte was chopped to death at her home in Duhaney Park, St Andrew at about 9:00pm on Saturday.

Woman District Constable Mellisa Edwards-Whyte

“The incidents of domestic violence and resultant fatal outcomes are troubling and reprehensible. Particularly, the murder of this woman, a district constable who pledged to protect and serve the Jamaican people, is an intolerable and cowardly act,” said Chang.

He also expressed outrage at the shooting death of Judith Miller-Warren, a United States-based entertainment promoter, in Anchovy, St James also on Saturday.

Reports are that Miller-Warren and a male companion were sitting in a car when they were approached by a group of men who opened fire, hitting them. Miller-Warren was hit several times and was pronounced dead at hospital, while her companion was admitted.

Entertainment promoter, Judith Miller-Warren

Robbery is believed to have been the likely motive for the killing.

“These regrettable acts of violence on our women reflect a society in which a culture of violence has taken root,” said Chang

“The work to restore value for the sanctity of life is the important responsibility of all social agents,” the security minister added in a statement that was issued on Sunday evening.

He insisted that, “as a people, we must refuse to resort to violence as a way of resolving differences”.

Chang has extended condolences to the families and friends of Woman District Constable Edwards-Whyte and Miller-Warren.

He has also “reaffirmed the support of the Ministry of National Security in providing policy framework and requisite resources to fight this (crime) monster in our midst.”

Meanwhile, detectives from the Hunts Bay Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) have listed 53-year-old Barrington Whyte, otherwise called ‘Barry’ and ‘Drop’, of Farmbrook Avenue, Duhaney Park, St Andrew and Santa Hill district in Spalding, Manchester, as a person of interest in relation to their investigations.

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