Jamaica: Information on the 1994 deaths of Father Rumpeters in Jonestown, Kingston and another Catholic minister who was killed in Trewlawny (update to JAM20040.E of 22 March 1995)
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 April 1995|
|Citation / Document Symbol||JAM20363.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Jamaica: Information on the 1994 deaths of Father Rumpeters in Jonestown, Kingston and another Catholic minister who was killed in Trewlawny (update to JAM20040.E of 22 March 1995), 1 April 1995, JAM20363.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aacb5c.html [accessed 27 March 2015]|
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The information that follows was provided by a staff member of the office of the Archbishop of Kingston (20 Apr. 1995).
Father Ronald Peters, commonly known as Father Ron Peters, went missing around Christmas 1993. His whereabouts were unknown for a few months, until his decomposed body was found in the Kingston area in early 1994. The source was unsure in which month his body was found. The motive and perpetrators of his killing are not known, and the case is still under investigation. Father Vincent Power was killed in April 1994. The motive for his killing was reportedly robbery.
Please find attached some news articles that report on the murder of father Vincent Power, which indicate that he was killed at the altar of his church in late April 1994. Please refer to them for further details.
This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Office of the Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica. 20 April 1995. Telephone interview with staff member.
Daily Mirror [London, UK]. 27 April 1994. "Respects Paid to Murdered Priest; Father Vincent Power to be Buried in Jamaica." (NEXIS)
. 23 April 1994. John Kierans. "Priest is Hacked to Death; Machete Attack as He Prayed; Irish Priest Murdered in Jamaica." (NEXIS)
Miami Herald-Information Bank Abstracts. 23 April 1994. "In the Americas: Jamaica." (NEXIS)