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Half-Million-Dollar Reward Offered for Info Leading to Capture of Jamaican MP’s Killer
Marjorie ‘Madge’ Morris was found at her residence with multiple gunshot wounds yesterday. (Photo: Facebook)
The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is grieving the loss of a second member in just a week after a former councillor was killed in her house yesterday, only eight days after one of its Members of Parliament was found dead, also at home.
Marjorie ‘Madge’ Morris was fatally shot at her residence on Albion Boulevard in Yallahs, St Thomas. Police said neighbours reported hearing explosions around 6:30 a.m., and when lawmen responded to the call, the 67-year-old PNP stalwart was found with multiple gunshot wounds, on her kitchen floor.
Morris, who previously served as councillor for the White Horses Division in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation, was murdered as the PNP still tries to come to grips with the brutal killing of MP for East Portland Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds on February 2.
In a statement issued after Morris’ killing, PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson said the murder had shocked and saddened the party.
He said it had “compounded the dampened spirit and sorrow among the entire membership of the organization who are preoccupied with the burial arrangement of Dr Bloomfield”.
“The killing of the former Councillor and PNP activist continues a catalogue of wanton acts of criminality across the country that leave too many individuals and families in mourning and rob the community and the nation of its best talents,” Robinson said.
“The PNP continues to maintain that no Jamaican should have to face this viciousness in their own country. We, therefore, urge the security forces to do what is necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice. However, more importantly, we call upon anyone with information who can assist the police within the investigation, to provide whatever information known so that those responsible for Madge’s murder can be apprehended and brought to swift justice.”
The PNP also expressed concern that that the Andrew Holness administration has cut back on security assigned to former ministers of government.
“It is particularly troubling that while we are experiencing vicious attacks on our elected or former elected officials, and heightened level of threats, the government has proposed to withdraw or minimize the security details of former ministers of government,” it said.
The PNP has partnered with Crime Stop to offer a J$500,000 (US$3,667) award for information leading to the arrest of his killer(s).
Jamaican Opposition MP Murdered
A J$500,000 (US$3,667) award has been offered to anyone who can help police capture the person(s) who stabbed to death opposition People’s National Party (PNP) legislator Dr Lynvale Broomfield last weekend.
PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson announced the reward, offered through Crime Stop, at a press conference yesterday.
The body of the East Portland Member of Parliament was found in his Passley Gardens, Portland home last Saturday with multiple stab wounds. No suspects are in custody and police are yet to ascertain a motive behind the killing.
“We call upon anyone with information which could assist the police in their investigations to provide whatever information is known so that those responsible can be apprehended and brought to justice,” Robinson said at the press conference.
The PNP also plans to honour the deceased politician and medical practitioner. There will be a prayer vigil at the town centre in Port Antonio on February 16. Additionally, one condolence book has been opened at the party’s headquarters, another at Dr Bloomfield’s constituency office in Port Antonio, and a third at the Portland Parish Library.
Robinson said the party has not yet turned its attention to the by-elections that will have to be called to find a replacement representative for East Portland.
Dr Bloomfield was first elected to represent the constituency in 2011 and re-elected for a second term in 2016.
Dr Lynvale Bloomfield was found with multiple stab wounds.
Police are investigating the murder of an Opposition Member of Parliament who was found dead in his home.
The body of People’s National Party (PNP) MP for Portland Eastern, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, was found with multiple stab wounds on Saturday morning. It was the 59-year-old’s housekeeper who made the discovery.
According to reports, police believe the medical practitioner was tortured by his attacker, but they are yet to determine a motive or the circumstances surrounding the killing.
Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips said in a statement that the PNP was shaken by the death of the politician who was first elected MP in 2011 and then re-elected in 2016.
He said Dr Bloomfield had devoted many years of his life in service to the Jamaican people as a medical practitioner and as an elected
“No Jamaican should ever have to suffer at the hands of criminals in their own country. The death of Dr Bloomfield must not be allowed to go unpunished. The police must employ whatever resources that are necessary to conduct a full and complete investigation, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” Dr Phillips said.
“This is indeed a very sad day in the history of our country as we are now dealing with the stabbing death of a sitting member of parliament in his home by unknown assailants.”
Prime Minister Andrew Holness also paid tribute to Dr Bloomfield, describing him as an MP who looked out for his people.
In a statement, he described Dr Bloomfied as “a very gentle and humble man and one of the nicest human beings I have encountered in politics”.
The Prime Minister said he has received a preliminary report from the police who have assured him that they have mobilized a high powered team of investigators to determine the circumstances of Dr Bloomfield’s death.