(CMR) A Jamaican construction worker who was expected to return to the Cayman Islands on Sunday was shot and killed in his hometown in Jamaica Monday night, 3 January.
Romel Hamm (50) from Prospect in Manchester is the first murder recorded in the parish since the start of the year.
According to local news reports, Hamm Hamm was among persons at a bar in the community around 8:20 pm when gunmen pounced upon patrons and attempted to rob the establishment. Hamm was later shot and killed.
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Hamm is from the community but lives and works in the Cayman Islands.
People's National Party councilor candidate for the Alligator Pond Division, Omar Robinson, said that there had been a spate of robberies in the area over the last two weeks, The Gleaner reported.
“From December, it's like almost every night someone cries because of a robbery. On Sunday, a taxi man was robbed of his vehicle. It was later set ablaze in Montpelier. Two weeks ago, there was a robbery in Sea Air. They took away a Mark X and some phones, but luckily the car was intercepted because of tracking on the phone,” Robinson said.
According to him, residents are fearful and need increased police presence in the division.
“This last robbery which has resulted in the shooting death is sad. We can't take any more of this. Our business owners and residents are scared. We hope that the perpetrators are caught, and justice is served. Jamaica has to find a way to curtail crime.”