Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Roman Catholic archbishop of Kingston, Reverend Lawrence Burke has expressed anger and outrage at the brutal murders of eight persons in three different incidents over the past two weeks. He called on the nation to draw a line and take a stand against crime and violence.
In a statement, Archbishop Burke said he was moved to speak out because of the murder of 63-year-old Vilma Mais on the compound of the Stella Maris Catholic Church in the Jamaican capital, Kingston.
Mais, the wife of attorney Peter Mais, was attacked by a man who rode onto the church compound and demanded her handbag and cellular phone. When she refused, the man stabbed her with a knife. She was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies where she died.