Western Hanover Member of Parliament, the PNP’s Ian Hayles, is urging residents of Hanover to take a stand against the violent crimes gripping the parish.
Mr. Hayles was reacting to news that two more persons have been murdered in Hanover.
This takes to five the number of people who’ve been murdered in the parish in the past 48 hours.
On Wednesday night, three men, Nicholas Spence, Nerrick Dias and Dalton Haughton were shot and killed by gunmen in the community of St. Simon in Hanover.
Today the parish was hit by another round of violence.
Preliminary reports are that around 3:00 this morning three armed men went to a home in Lucea occupied by 29 year old bus driver Garfield Mathis and his Mother.
The gun kicked the door open and demanded money from the occupants When their demand was not met, the men shot Mathis killing him.
His mother, who is 73 years old, is said to be very shaken.
In a separate incident which took place two two hours later, twenty-eight year old Orain Street was killed in the quiet community of Rock Spring in the parish.
Reports are that Street was at home about 5:00 this morning when a group of armed men knocked on his door and shouted ‘Police’ .
Street opened his door and received several shots to his body.
The Police say it appears the murder was a contract killing.
Reports are that Street was linked to last year’s killing of a man of Asian descent man in the parish and his killing may be a reprisal.
Mr. Hayles says the dangerous lottery scam continues to result in the lives of innocent residents of Hanover being snuffed out.
He says the recent incidents is the worst series of violence he’s seen in rural communities since becoming MP.
Mr. Hayles says he’ll not relent until he’s able to get help for law enforcement officials in the parish.