THE Taxpayer Registration Card Centre in downtown Kingston, which was the scene of a murder-suicide two Fridays ago, is to reopen today following a one-week closure.
In a press release yesterday, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) said the centre, located at Shops 26 and 27, Kingston Mall, will open at 8:00 am. “The temporary closing was as a result of a tragic incident that took place at the office on Friday, July 15,” TAJ said, referring to the incident in which a security guard shot and killed his common-law wife, who was working at the office, before turning the gun on himself. The incident, which happened before midday, caused panic among staff and clients.
The two have been identified as Paul Martin, 50, who was employed to KingAlarm, and Colette Hibbert, 44, who was employed to Guardsman Group. The two had been together for two decades, according to family members. Yesterday, TAJ said that, during the weeklong closure, “steps were taken to assess the damage, undertake clean-up activities, and improve the security arrangements to ensure the smooth restoration of operations at that location”.
“Additionally, ongoing counselling is being provided for staff,” TAJ said. “This resumption of services means that taxpayers can now conduct their usual TRN (Taxpayer Registration Number) transactions at that location,” TAJ added.
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