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MLSS PR Unit November 7, 2023

Ministry of Labour and Social Security Strongly Denounces Brutal Killing of Senior Citizen in Clarendon

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Monday, November 6, 2023


Ministry of Labour and Social Security Strongly Denounces Brutal Killing of Senior Citizen in Clarendon

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security unequivocally condemns the recent and appalling murder of an 82-year-old senior citizen, Mr. Eustas Ricketts, a resident of the Top Halse community in Clarendon. Mr. Ricketts was tragically attacked and killed by an unknown assailant at his residence on Sunday morning, November 5.

Our senior citizens are living repositories of our nation’s history, and they have made immeasurable contributions to the tapestry of our society. They are a source of wisdom, experience, and heritage, and it is a grave affront to our collective values that they have been subjected to such brutal violence.

The Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of Labour and Social Security, expresses his deep sorrow upon learning of Mr. Ricketts’ tragic passing. He emphasizes that no Jamaican citizen, especially those who are among the most vulnerable in our society, should ever fall victim to violence and brutality.

“These reprehensible and heinous acts run counter to the very essence of our society, where our elderly citizens should be cherished, protected, and their wisdom and experiences celebrated, not stolen away by heartless criminals,” Minister Charles stated.

The Minister also highlights the unfortunate reality that far too many of our nation’s elderly citizens have lost their lives due to violence and brutality over the years, leaving numerous families shattered. He underscores the importance of the law-abiding citizens in our society taking a stand by speaking out against such acts, ensuring that justice is served for the victims and their families.

The Minister calls upon the members of the public to come forward with any information that may assist the police in identifying and bringing to justice those responsible for these deplorable crimes.

“We also implore our fellow Jamaicans to unify our in solidarity, fostering a safer and more compassionate environment, particularly for our vulnerable citizens, especially our senior citizens,” the Minister added.

The Ministry extends its heartfelt condolences to the Ricketts family and the Top Halse community. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you during this challenging time. Together, we are committed to working towards a safer, more inclusive society where our senior citizens can enjoy their lives in peace and dignity.


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