JUTC commends police for apprehending suspects in driver’s killing

News post January 7, 2016

JUTC Managing Director Colin Campbell KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has commended the Jamaica Constabulary Force for the quick arrest and charge of those accused of the murder of bus driver Albert Barnes, who was shot dead while on duty in August Town, St Andrew, on December 29, 2015. Barnes, who was employed by the JUTC in 2011, was shot as he was about leave August Town after completing a trip to the community. JUTC Managing Director Colin Campbell has said the police showed unwavering dedication in the effort to bring in the men suspected of killing Barnes. “The wanton killing of Mr Barnes was an attack on the entire JUTC and the company is grateful to the police for the speedy apprehension of those suspected to be the perpetrators of this foul murder of one who was a good worker and family man,” said Campbell. He said also that the JUTC is appreciative of the open show of support to the company by members of the August Town community, who came out in protest against Barnes’ murder. “Peace-loving August Town people showed in no uncertain manner their support for the JUTC and the service that the company provides for the community,” he said. The JUTC managing director said that although drivers are concerned for their safety operating in August Town following the fatal attack, the company had taken the decision that service on the August Town Route would continue in the usual way. “Our decision is on the basis that the ‘good should not suffer for the bad’,” Campbell said. He noted that the police had also promised to increase its presence on the route. Campbell said that while Barnes’ family and the JUTC will always be mournful of his tragic passing, some measure of comfort had been provided by the speedy police action in apprehending those thought to be responsible for the taking of his

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