The murder of two returning residents in Portland on the weekend has fuelled lingering thoughts that Jamaica is not a safe place for those who lived and worked almost all their lives overseas and then chose to return home.
The bodies of Florence and Halford Anderson were found last Friday morning, after residents first stumbled on Halford’s body near the Mount Pleasant Primary School under a tree.
Florence’s body was found in the couple’s firebombed home with gunshot wounds to the upper body.
THE STAR understands that the couple, whose marriage spanned over 50 years, recently returned to the island.
Investigators, meanwhile, are still probing the deaths of other returnees in other sections of the island, with charges being filed in some instances.
The murders of returning residents have consistently made international news.
Among them was the murder of Jamaican-Canadian couple Melbourne and Etta Flake, who were found dead in their St Thomas home in January, and the murder of Delroy Walker in St Mary in April.
Percival Latouche, president of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents, yesterday told our news team that Jamaica lacks security.
He said: “We have no security in this country. We can’t get a good answer on what we have as security.”