Death Count Rises In Newlands Portmore; 31-Y-O Man Fatally Stabbed

A 31-year-old man was stabbed to death Tuesday night in the Newlands community of Portmore, St Catherine just hours after the murder of Sadie Forbes, who is said to be a member of the People’s National Party (PNP).

The police have identified him as Jermaine Nicholas Vassell.

Vassell, according to the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) was riding a bicycle on Ebanks Close in the community when he was attacked and stabbed by unknown assailants.

CCU also reports that Forbes, who lives on Anglin Avenue in the community, was shot dead about 6:25 pm while she was walking along the roadway.

Representatives from both the PNP and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have since condemned the attacks.

While the PNP has ascribed political motive as the cause of Forbes’ murder, JLP general secretary Horace Chang said it is too early in the investigation to make such claims.