Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that criminals must get to know that when they commit a crime, the judicial system will move swiftly to convict them.
Chastanet made the statement at a news conference Thursday evening.
At the time he announced that the Ministry of Justice will be looking to acquire new support staff and Judges to beef up the judiciary.
He asserted that criminals must learn that crime carries a penalty.
“I want Saint Lucians to always know that we are very aware of the escalating amount of crime in this country,” Chastanet stated.
“We also know the grief it causes to many Saint Lucians and we are never going to take our eye off the ball.”
However Chastanet declared that the fight against crime has to involve the efforts of everyone.
“I think that we have to get to the point where we are ashamed and embarrassed by crime itself. We have been given the benefit of having an independent country – to govern ourselves. What excuses are we using as to why we would find reasons to kill our own brothers – our own sisters, our neighbours, our friends?” He said.
The Prime Minister said the situation was unacceptable and speaks to the issue of values.
He stated that the solution to crime is not just through the judicial system, but in the social system as well.
“So we have to do more work in the schools, more work in our communities and get the police not only to be looking to arrest people, but be part of the process of preventing crime from taking place in the first place,” Chastanet said.
Hours after the Prime Minister’s news conference, a twenty-one year old male was shot dead at Gros Islet.