Opposition leader, Mark Golding, is urging the Government to subject criminals who commit praedial larceny to the rules of the Proceeds of Crime Act, POCA.

Golding made the comment in relation to the brutal killing of two goat farmers in Grange Hill, Westmoreland last week.

The two reportedly went missing shortly after leaving their home in Crowder district with over 60 goats to a section of Mint Road in Grange Hill.

The bodies of the men were found the following day with gunshot and stab wounds. Their hands were also bound. 

Approximately 60 goats remain missing.

Mr. Golding says praedial larceny should be considered a serious offence.

POCA was passed by Parliament in 2007 to replace the Money Laundering Act. 

It allows for the investigation, identification and recovery of the proceeds made from criminal activities.

Proceeds from the theft of farm produce are reportedly used to purchase weapons and support other illicit activities.

Mr. Golding says the Government has dropped the ball in tackling the illegal activity.

Mark Golding, Opposition Leader.

Last June, then Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, said amendments have been made to the Agricultural Produce Act, which will be submitted to Cabinet in the 2020/21 financial year.

Mr. Hutchinson had previously stated that fines for those convicted of praedial larceny will be increased to a maximum of $3 million or six months hard labour.