Tuesday 16 July, 2019

UWI students call for railing around pond in which body was found

Students at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) have issued a call for officials at the institution to install security bars and do more clean-up work around the pond where a body was found on Monday.

The police reported that the body of a 69-year-old medical doctor, Judith Rose Spencer was found floating in the pond that is located on the grounds of the university campus at about 7:45 a.m.

Police said the victim was from a Great House Boulevard address in Mona, St Andrew.

The discovery triggered jittery moments for many students at the institution, some of whom were heard voicing their theories as to what may have led to the death of the woman.

The speculations continued even after the university sent out a release that so far, based on preliminary investigation, the police do not suspect foul play.

In the news release, the university stated that Spencer was neither a student nor a staff member of the institution.

"Further, an assessment by campus security has indicated that there is no threat to any member of the university community," added the institution before advising that, "Notwithstanding, the security on the campus has been increased".

The release did little to stop speculation among students on the development.

Amid the speculations, some students called for a greater level of security to be put in place in the area of the pond, especially in the form of a railing around the facility.

“The pond is an area where a lot of students hang out on a regular basis, and that is something we have always been calling for, a railing to be put in place to protect persons who may walk close to the pond,” said Conrad Chambers, a student at the institution.

“When I heard about the discovery, I really became concerned. For months students have been calling for more steps to be taken to clear the area,” said another student.

"The pond is an area where people pass on a regular basis. A railing in that area is definitely needed, especially for individuals who don't know the area well," said yet another student.

One official who works in the property maintenance department at the campus, spoke to Loop News, saying over recent months work was carried out to improve lighting in the area, and regular de-bushing projects have been carried out in the area.

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