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Jamaica: Samuda Bemoans Fatal Stabbing Of Prison Officer

Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of National Security, Matthew Samuda, has cited as worrying, the death of yet another member of the national security apparatus as he mourned the killing of a correctional officer this morning.

Jimel Westley was stabbed by an inmate about 9:45 a.m. during the cell unlocking process at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre and later died while undergoing treatment at the Spanish Town Hospital.

Speaking in the Senate today, Samuda said it is a rough time for the nation as members of the security forces “face deep threat and significant risks.”

“It tells a troubling story that the men and women who have sworn to protect us in the varying security organisations and part of our security architecture that do all in their power to keep Jamaica safe and to keep us on an individual basis safe is being targeted,” said Samuda, who has direct portfolio responsibility for the correctional service.

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