JURORS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE HEARD an emotional plea from the mother of a Jamaican man facing a possible death penalty in the stabbing murders of a Pennsylvania woman and her 16-year-old daughter.

The Lancaster County jury convicted 40-year-old Leeton Thomas of first-degree murder Tuesday in the June 2015 slayings of 44-year-old Lisa Sheetz and her daughter Hailey. Authorities said they were scheduled to testify against him in a child sex assault case.

LNP newspaper said jurors hearing testimony Wednesday on whether Thomas should be sentenced to death or life in prison without possibility of parole heard the defendant's mother beg them to spare her son's life, saying "please save him".

Defence attorneys also plan to cite mitigating factors such as poverty and abuse they say Thomas endured growing up in Jamaica.

Thomas, who had permanent resident status in the United States, is a former construction worker and home remodeler. He turned 40 on Tuesday.

Lancaster County prosecutors earlier said they would seek capital punishment against him.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CARIBUPDATE/DEC 14 , 2016) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning emphasised Jamaica’s strong and longstanding relationship with the European Union (EU) in a meeting with EU Ambassador to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska.

According to a news release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Holness and Ambassador Wasilewska spoke on many areas of support and partnership established over the years between Jamaica and the EU.

Holness noted that the government will continue to develop strong ties with the 27 countries of the EU. He also reportedly highlighted Jamaica’s focus on economic growth and job creation as a means of transforming the society.

Also, the OPM said Holness reiterated the country’s commitment to reducing crime and violence and outlined several government initiatives as part of Plan Secure Jamaica.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Wasilewska pointed out EU’s strong contribution to justice and issues related to the development of Jamaica.

In addition, she expressed support to the administration’s interest in promoting transparency, women’s rights and its focus on social development.

The prime minister and Ambassador Wasilewska pledged to collaborate closer to fine-tune areas of mutual interest between Jamaica and the EU.

Minister Karl Samuda

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CARIBUPDATE/DEC 15, 2016) - Industry and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda has announced that rice imported from Suriname and Guyana will be allowed to be cleared from the wharves starting yesterday afternoon.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CARIBUPDATE/NOV 25, 2016) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says an estimated 50 healthcare facilities in seven Caribbean countries are being improved and retrofitted as part of the SMART Health Care Facilities project.

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