Politician Sharon Hay-Webster was attacked by would-be robbers in a section of downtown Kingston on Saturday.

Reports are that the former Member of Parliament (MP) was conducting business when she was approached by men who attempted to rob her.

However, she managed to escape unharmed.

She made mentioned of the experience in a Twitter post.

“Praise God for my locks. Just got mugged downtown. Long locks and defence moves saved me right at car door (on) King Street car park. Ole brute get nuttin…,” said a tweet from the politician who was a representative of the People’s National Party (PNP) at one point, but who later stepped down from that party and eventually represented the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Born in September 1961, Hay-Webster was a member of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Jamaica from 1997 to 2012, representing the PNP.

She came to international attention after the 2004 coup d’état in Haiti, when she escorted deposed Haitian President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, from his temporary exile in the Central African Republic to Jamaica at the invitation of then Prime Minister of Jamaica, PJ Patterson.

Hay-Webster’s third term in parliament was marred by a controversy over her citizenship of the United States, leading her to announce in 2009, that she would renounce the US citizenship.

However, in 2011 it came to light through a WikiLeaks United States diplomatic cable leak that she had withdrawn her application for renunciation, meaning she remained a US citizen.

As the then ongoing controversy heated up, Hay-Webster resigned from the PNP and her former party called for her to step down from her parliamentary seat as well.

Her resignation from the PNP made her only the third independent politician in 19 years to sit in Parliament.

Hay-Webster joined the JLP in November 2011 before losing her seat in Parliament in the 2011 General Elections.


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