Stevian Simmonds reports.

The community of West End in Negril, Westmoreland, has been rocked by a double murder and what appears to be a robbery. 

The deceased have been identified as 46-year old Italian national, Patrizia Richards, and her Jamaican husband, 49-year-old Osbourne Richards.

Following the apparent home invasion early this morning, Western Westmoreland MP, Dr Wykeham McNeill, said the State of Emergency in the parish has lost its sting.

The foreign businesswoman and her husband were found with their hands and feet bound at their home in West End Negril, after 12 last night.

The police say their bodies had gunshot wounds.

The couple’s home was ransacked.

A refrigerator and a television were apparently stolen.  

The Police also found eleven nine millimetre spent shell casings at the crime scene.

Dr. McNeill, in whose constituency the incident happened, says it’s frightening.

He says West End is a suburban community frequented by tourists and other law-abiding Jamaicans.

Dr McNeill is concerned that the enhanced security measure is no longer effective in the crime-plagued rural parish.

He says the presence of the security forces has dwindled.

And, he feels that has embolden the criminal elements operating in the space.

In the meantime, Head of the Westmoreland Police, Superintendent Robert Gordon, admits there’s been a slight increase in murders, in the western parish.

But he says the State of Emergency has led to a general reduction in murders.

Superintendent Gordon says despite the challenges the police presence remain strong throughout the parish.

Superintendent Robert Gordon, Head of the Westmoreland Police, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.