One can understand the anger and perhaps desperation
of Prime Minister Patrick Manning over the heinous crime
situation rocking the country today.
So many anti-crime plans instituted under his watch have
turned out to be damp squids that the bandits are killing
at will. And any doubt about their dont-care attitude
and willingness to do anything in prosecuting their nefarious
activities would have been laid to rest with last weeks
gunning down of the young man on the Brian Lara Promenade.
Sixteen men went after their quarry, none of them wearing
a mask. The brazenness of that attack was a sure sign
of the contempt in which they hold us.
But I really cannot see how flogging prisoners is going
to come to grips with or bring some measure of relief
to the clearly untenable situation.
So much is his frustration that Manning forgot the penalty
is already there. Perhaps it is not being ordered by judges
as frequently as it ought to be.
But as I said, beating these miscreants is not the way
out. It has not worked before nor will it work at this
time. The horse has already bolted the stable. The places
to administer a good cut tail are in the home and at school.
There are many among us who could testify to the effectiveness
of the whip to an erring child. Just the mention of it
sent shivers through our youthful spines.
I am not advocating brutality. Some parents overdo it
by using brute force on their children. That is being
counter productive, the same way beating a big man in
the name of the law is.
We all agree that the crime scenario has gotten out of
control and that we need to take drastic steps to deal
with a drastic situation where these lawless elements
seem to have the upper hand on law-abiding citizens.
But the only thing you will achieve by beating big, hard-back
criminals is a firmer resolve to continue their wicked
ways: Oh you beat me, ah go take out in society
I cannot agree more with Prof Deosarans views on
how to stem the activities of these criminalsfast
arrest and speedy trials.
The criminal justice system needs to be perked up to allow
for the accused to have their matters heard on a timely
It is no secret that the granting of bail is another avenue
for these criminals to take advantage of the system. While
out on bail they commit more crimes to raise their lawyers
Too often we hear of cases being dragged out in the courts
for years. There must be a co-ordinated effort by the
law makers, the police and the Judiciary for a holistic
approach in dealing with this major problem.
I am a firm believer in capital punishment and as such
I will always advocate the popping of these cowards
When the UNC was in office and Dole Chadee and his cohorts
were sent packing to meet their creator, the killings
subsided for a while, which, regardless of what others
might say, demonstrated that capital punishment is a deterrent.
Not in an absolute sense. It will not stop murders but
in a country where the lawless arbitrarily decide who
lives and who dies, we must take all legal steps to deal
with this cancer.
I dont care whether it is a deterrent or not, the
fact is it is on the statutes and we should not hesitate
to implement it.
Daily people are being jailed for other offences but the
lawbreakers are still committing those same offences.
To say capital punishment is not a deterrent so it should
not be carried out just does not make practical sense.
I will never forget the murder accused who publicly boasted
in the court that he killed because the State stopped
hanging in T&T.
See what I mean? Those evil characters know fully well
that they can kill and later rest in jail for several
years where they are guaranteed three square meals daily
at our expense.
And if so sexually oriented, they could also engage in
that kind of gratification in the sanctuary of their prison
Last week my friend Maxie Cuffie, this administrations
supreme spin guru, told a radio station that the State
could not hang anyone on death row at this time because
of the legal process.
Maxie, who was economical with his facts, declined to
give the exact status of these cases because, I think,
he did not want to disclose what the State may be doing
to resume hangings.
But Maxie, in view of the fact that the majority of citizens
are in favour of state executions, isnt it incumbent
upon the State to let us know exactly what is being done
to carry out this ultimate penalty?
My understanding is that the onus is clearly on the State
to resume hangings.
Or is it that somebody in the upper echelons of the State
is against capital punishment and so has no interest in
seeing that it is carried out?
To be continued next week