Police warn against vigilante justice

Saint Lucia Police have issued a warning to citizens against taking the law into their own hands.

The warning comes in the face of a number of reports of rapes in several parts of the country.

Local media reports indicate that on Good Friday there was an alleged attempt by two men to rape a sixty year old woman.

After the woman raised an alarm, a group of men passing in a vehicle managed to apprehend the alleged attackers who were dealt several blows by their captors.

Police Commissioner designate, Severin Moncherry, who takes over as Police Chief on April 1, 2016, has advised members of the public that their role is to get the police and not mete out vigilante justice.

“You can hold the person if there is some way of securing him,” Moncherry advised.

However he said it is not the role of citizens to beat anyone or inflict punishment of any kind.

“Let the police deal with the matter,” Moncherry asserted.

Addressing the matter of the generally perceived slow pace of justice, the police official, who is currently Acting Deputy Police Commissioner, said there is nothing that law enforcers can do in terms of expediting the process.

“When we have done our part in arresting charging and taking the person before court, that is as much as we can do,” he disclosed.

He said neighborhood watches represent one aspect of community policing that the police support and encourage.

Moncherry asserted that neighborhood watches can be and have been very effective.

But he warned against vigilante justice.





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  1. Kick Azz
    March 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm Reply

    So let them criminals threaten ,rape and do what they want, enough is enough it’s time the public take certain matters into their own hands

  2. Jay
    March 30, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply


    1. Anonymous
      March 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm Reply

      I totally agree

  3. Anonymous
    March 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply

    Mr Police Officer I hope if it was your mother, your sister or your daughter etc you would not shoot or inflict pain on the person who almost committed the act of rape if you were the one to meet up with them. This is nonsense. This is just bullshit talk!! What if they raped and killed the woman and never apprehended the rapist….choops. Then they are out there waiting for their next victim?!

  4. BadWoman
    March 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm Reply

    I walk with a knife daily,I am getting a taser, I waiting for the rapists! I will die but he freaking dying too! BS!!!!!!! PROTECT US [email protected]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  5. BadWoman
    March 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Moncherry really?? Big joke!

  6. Anonymous
    March 30, 2016 at 7:29 pm Reply

    I’m only hoping that the new police commissioner is not a FOOL since he will be taking office on all Fools Day… he is already talking foolishness .thank god they captured the two rapist and beat their A… what if they were never captured. What next then. If I ever catch one he will never forget what he will go through.

  7. Unknown
    March 31, 2016 at 8:45 am Reply

    Vigilantes only spout when police are unable to serve justice.

  8. Yoshi
    March 31, 2016 at 9:36 am Reply

    If the police were competent in the least, there would have been no need for what they call vigilante just, which is in fact true justice

  9. Nikki
    March 31, 2016 at 3:43 pm Reply

    without vigilante justice there is no justice for the victims. These guys just go off and rape again

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