Jamaican Opposition MP Murdered

Dr Lynvale Bloomfield was found with multiple stab wounds.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February 4, 2019 – Police are investigating the murder of an Opposition Member of Parliament who was found dead in his home.

The body of People’s National Party (PNP) MP for Portland Eastern, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, was found with multiple stab wounds on Saturday morning. It was the 59-year-old’s housekeeper who made the discovery.

According to reports, police believe the medical practitioner was tortured by his attacker, but they are yet to determine a motive or the circumstances surrounding the killing.

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips said in a statement that the PNP was shaken by the death of the politician who was first elected MP in 2011 and then re-elected in 2016.

He said Dr Bloomfield had devoted many years of his life in service to the Jamaican people as a medical practitioner and as an elected MP.

“No Jamaican should ever have to suffer at the hands of criminals in their own country. The death of Dr Bloomfield must not be allowed to go unpunished. The police must employ whatever resources that are necessary to conduct a full and complete investigation, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” Dr Phillips said.

“This is indeed a very sad day in the history of our country as we are now dealing with the stabbing death of a sitting member of parliament in his home by unknown assailants.”

Prime Minister Andrew Holness also paid tribute to Dr Bloomfield, describing him as an MP who looked out for his people.

In a statement, he described Dr Bloomfied as “a very gentle and humble man and one of the nicest human beings I have encountered in politics”.

The Prime Minister said he has received a preliminary report from the police who have assured him that they have mobilized a high powered team of investigators to determine the circumstances of Dr Bloomfield’s death.

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