University President Calls for Solution to Crime Problem, Following Lecturer’s Murder


KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug. 9, CMC – The President of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in the central parish of Manchester, Dr. Lincoln Edwards says a solution needs to be found too the country’s crime problem.

Edwards made the statement as he gave tribute following the recent murder of science lecturer, Dr. Gordon Lightbourn.

“Dr Lightbourn’s tragic and untimely demise highlights the unacceptable level of crime and violence in the society, even amidst the COVID19 pandemic. We call on the authorities and all who desire to lead this nation, to urgently find a solution to this great and appalling malady we call crime,” the NCU President said.

“Failure to do so will render all of our efforts towards growth and development, in vain, and doom our nation to the increasing levels of corruption and stagnation. After 58 years of independence, surely, we are mature enough to tame this monster of crime and offer a more hopeful future for the citizens of this country,” he added.

The President lauded Lightbourn’s work in tissue culture and the production of potato seedlings.

“His expertise and work in the area of tissue culture was well known nationally. He was a vital part of the national drive for self-sufficiency in the production of Irish potato and took seriously his role of producing Irish potato seedlings in the lab, for distribution to farmers in Central Jamaica.”

Lightbourn, who was 68, served as an associate professor in the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science at NCU.

He was found dead at his home on Friday morning.