Mostly bad guys murdered in Westmoreland last year — police

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Of the 140 people murdered in the parish last year mor
e than 50 per cent of them were on the wrong side of the law, according to the police.

“When we add up all the persons who were directly involved in criminal activity or were indirectly involved we ended up with 79 persons out of the 140, which is 56 per cent of the persons — which is a majority,” commanding officer for the parish, Senior Superintendent (SSP) Wayne Josephs told Thursday’s monthly meeting of the municipal corporation.

That number may go up as some murders are still being investigated.

“The 29 that remain, when we are through doing the assessments we might end up with more people being involved in criminal activities,” said SSP Josephs.

He explained that some of the 79 killings already processed were gang related, others were due to domestic disputes, robberies gone bad, and one individual was murdered because a family member was involved in criminal activity, he said.

“It is best if you stay away from criminal activities because you’re more likely to be killed if you’re involved in criminal activities or you’re associated with criminals,” he urged.

“You cannot choose your relatives but I would encourage you to try to encourage your relatives to stay away from crimes; and don’t harbour criminals because you’re more likely to be killed,” he warned.

Last year Westmoreland had the third-highest number of murders in the country.

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