Senior Superintendent of Police Stephanie Lindsay and National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang
The man who was named a person of interest in Tuesday's killing of four children and their mother in the community of New Road in Chapelton, Clarendon has been arrested.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey confirmed that the man was held Tuesday night during a police operation in Ulster Spring, Trelawny.
The man is said to be a relative of the family that was killed.
Radio Jamaica News was informed that a member of the suspect's family was also taken into custody during the operation.
Following news of the killings Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, said evidence in the case will be handled very carefully.
SSP Lindsay speaking on Radio Jamaica's Beyond the Headlines, said the police have been learning valuable legal lessons from previous and current cases.
In that regard, she admitted that the police were sensitive to public criticism regarding poor case preparation when certain cases fall apart for lack of sufficient evidence, "so each time we see something, hear something, we try not to hear it again."
Accordingly, she said, the police are working more closely with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and that in a number of these cases, "they go through a pre process that determines that the evidence is one that can go to trial."
National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang, after visiting the scene of the killing of the mother and her four children, promised that the government will provide support services to the residents of New Road where they lived, starting with the immediate relatives of the deceased.
The follow-up outreach will be carried out through the social service units in various agencies of government, he told the media after visiting the crime scene.
Already, he said, some of these agencies had been to the location, to "give some comfort to the community," but that was only the first step.
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