Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang has condemned the recent murder of 65-year-old, Patsy Davidson–Powell, a domestic helper of Junction, St. Elizabeth.
In a statement today, (March 2) Dr. Chang says, attacks on women and the elderly, are barbaric, and a grave concern to the government.
He adds that there are efforts to increase violence prevention and conflict resolution training, at the community level.
The National Security Minister says, there has been a strategic and collaborative approach to the issue of gender-based violence.
Dr. Chang notes that the ministry is partnering with local and international institutions, to provide the support needed to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
In offering condolences to Powell’s family, Dr. Chang points out that the impact of vicious crimes on families and community members, has not gone unnoticed.
The National Security Minister states that the police are depending on the cooperation of all Jamaicans to assist in the fight against crime.
Reports are that about 3 p.m. Last Saturday, (February 29) neighbours were alerted to cries for help, coming from Powell’s house.
They intervened, after the suspect-with whom Powell had an intimate relationship, was allegedly seen attempting to strangle her.
The suspect left the house and about 3:50 p.m., A relative stumbled upon Powell lying on her back, with her throat slashed.
The police were alerted and she was pronounced dead at hospital.
The identity of the person taken into custody is being withheld pending further investigations.