By Ansari Thomas
The Clarendon police say that no permits for entertainment events will be granted in the targeted areas in the parish as they try to contain the spiraling murder rate.
Superintendent Ventolin Cameron-Powell, head of the Clarendon police made the disclosure while visiting one of the crime hot spots in the parish, New Bowens.
Clarendon has been rocked by at least 11 murders last week, a double killing in the Farm community, four deaths in New Bowens, and two in the nearby Monymusk Housing Scheme in Hayes last Friday.
The superintendent cited sections of May Pen, particularly Chapelton Road and Rectory Road, New Bowens, Hayes and sections of Palmer’s Cross as areas where residents should not apply for permits to host parties and dances. Small community bars and corner shops where several of the recent shootings have occurred have also been ordered to close by nightfall.
However, in the wake of the implementation of the crime-prevention measures, a man was shot dead in Hayes on Saturday night, June 10, bringing the week to a bloody end.
In the meantime, SSP Cameron-Powell said that last Friday’s double murder in the Monymusk housing scheme in Hayes is a reprisal shooting. Those killed were 18-year-old Gary Chaplin otherwise called ‘Doopie’ of Raymond district, and 21-year-old Oscar Williams of Purina Way, Moneymusk Housing Scheme.
Cameron Powell said that Friday’s incident, as well as a triple murder last Thursday, and another killing earlier this week, have been linked to the praedial larceny. Chaplin and Williams were said to be walking along the Monymusk Housing Scheme Road at about 6:30 pm when a car drove up and two men alighted and opened fire at them. Both men were hit in the upper body.
Those murders followed a triple shooting incident in the parish on Thursday, June 8, which left 19-year-old Shad Wayne Watson, 29-year-old Dermot Donaldson and 39-year-old Eddie Richards, all of New Bowens, Hayes, dead.
The tough talking superintendent said that the police are taking significant measures to address the crime situation and are appealing to residents to not to be on the roads late at nights.