Police Raise Concern over Number of Suicides Committed Since 2019

SUSPECTED SUICIDE IN ST ELIZABETH
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Jamaica Crime News: One police officer attached to the Area One Police Division, told Mckoy’s News that he is now very concerned over the number of persons who have committed suicide throughout Jamaica, since the start of the year.

The officer stated that a record-breaking number of over six cases of suicide have already been reported in 2019 and despite the fact that most of the incidents did not take place in Western Jamaica, it is still a major concern.

” I think officers attached to the community safety arm of the JCF needs to dig a little deeper and play a much vivid role in community counseling because a lot of these victims need help,” he stated.

One of the most recent suicide cases took place in St Mary,  where 55-year-old, Byron Williams, otherwise called “Pirate” a laborer of Rose End district in St Mary,  is suspected to have taken his own life by drinking Ethylene (harmful gas used as chemical).

Reports by the St Mary police are that about 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21,  Williams was at his home with other family members, when he reportedly swallowed the chemical.

A relative raised an alarm and she was assisted in transporting Williams to hospital, where he was treated and admitted.

Williams succumbed while at hospital on Tuesday morning, January 22, about 6:00 a.m.

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