PM speaks on crime

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.

He said:

“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.




  1. Sad-But-True
    January 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Until Evil Chastanete gets removed from office, his curse will continue to destroy the youth.
    He is the rooted cause of it all.

    1. Pankaiso
      January 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Jesus Christ for once in your life can you say something that make sense , I no Allen did not have time to Breast feed you when you was small but you have now grown up so move on

    2. Anonymous
      January 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      You seriously lack maturity so sad yet so true.

  2. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    There is need for Operation Restore Confidence-The Sequel.

  3. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Crime can be decreased only when all classes of crimes are dealt with, stop hiding behind the scenes when persons we know are culprits. When the responsible persons, groups, organizations, take the bull. By the horn and run.

  4. Pankaiso
    January 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Mr Chastenet I don’t think that you have gotten it right yet ,the judiciary don’t solve crimes nor can they stop crimes nor dose arresting and charging solves crime ,first you need to seriously identify what causes one to form the criminal intention so that is your first step

    What’s your second move Mr Chastenet after having identified causes .

    Frankly speaking I don’t think the elites and high ups feel the pinch of crime do you ? We will go one step further after you have identified the causes

  5. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Until hanging is not resumed,crimes will continue,because criminals have no fear of the law or going to jail to eat tax payers money.

    1. Pankaiso
      January 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Do you really think that hanging will solve the crimes , ok if so what offenses will you hang for ,remember you a saying that unless hanging is brought back the criminals will have no fear , so tell how do you justify hanging a man for stealing fruits from your yard or breaking into your house and peeing on your bed ,how do you deal with amnesty international listen we must get it right the first time around or crapaud will smoke your pipe

      1. Anonymous
        January 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm

        It’s been found that time and time again harsh punishment even the death penalty does not decrease crime.

        Many criminals actually have no value of their own lives that’s why they don’t strive to do good. They have given up on the world, on themselves, on life. So they will do anything. They don’t care much if they go jail. Some don’t even care if they will be killed.

        Often this stems back to how people are brought up. If they are treated as worthless and bad they feel worthless and bad, and as they grow up they will act worthless and bad.

        The seeds of criminality are sown in the little children from early. Make people know their worth from young and they will never become criminals, they will strive for betterness for themselves and others.

      2. Anonymous
        January 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

        I keep saying crime is an issue of our messed up values. Not poverty or joblessness. Until we fix our minds crime will sadly only increase.

    2. Anonymous
      January 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Agree 100000000000% dont know what they waiting for!!! Sigh

  6. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Pankaiso u have not grown also. From an early age we were taught when to use was and were. And u talking about grow up? Leave sad but true alone and focus on your sentence grammar

    1. Pankaiso
      January 6, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      I do thank you for the correction I am no expert in writing that’s why you a there I am not Chastenet he makes some grammatical errors as well so I think that you would do well in his office don’t you think ?

  7. just for fun
    January 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    They commit crimes and no one is being caught,especially these murders,so why would criminals even cares what chastanet says…

    1. Pankaiso
      January 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      So what a your suggestion what do you have to bring to the table ,cause no one seems to have the answer do you?

  8. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Set an example. Make the criminals pay heavily for crimes they commit. Chop off hands of the thieves. Cut of penises of the rapist. Hang the murderers.

    1. Anonymous
      January 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Agree 100000000000009099.99999999888888%
      What are they waiting for! Sigh

  9. OD
    January 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I agree with the comments of the PM. We should all try to be part of the solution in dealing with crime

  10. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    The law of Moses a tooth for a tooth an eye for an eye ,but that law is abolish christ died for us .put them in jail without perole if they ever caught them at all.

    1. Anonymous
      January 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Perole? ???? Seriously!!!!! Lmbo

  11. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    The capitalist crooks who live Cap Estate Rodney Bay and Bornne Terre are responsible for the decay of the social fabric of black people in our black island nation

    1. Anonymous
      January 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Stop the blame game! Most of those blood sucking, capitalistic crocks are black just like me and I assume you. Our brother man is more likely to destroy us than some white man, sad to say.

  12. Cyril Peter
    January 6, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    The Prime Minister should Hire at least 12 investigators who should report directly to the DPP to help root out the corrupt cops within the Police force if he ever wants to deminish crime within St.Lucia. Those bastards because of their association either have prior knowledge that a crime will be committed of they get to know after the fact. Unless they are fired or jailed the intimidation of witnesses will not stop and crime will escalate.

  13. ANON
    January 6, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I arrived as a foreign visitor and volunteer in St Lucia in October. I am horrified by the level of murders, theft and rape reported almost daily. I’m here another 3 months.
    The abuse of tourists also needs to be considered and reviewed. Muggings, thefts and indirect criminality such as doubling prices to unsuspecting visitors.
    I’ve also been the victim of crime with an apartment break in and personal goods stolen. I’ve had no news or updates from the police and when I left the property the owner refused to refund accommodation costs I had paid upfront (which in itself sits awkwardly on my moral judgement scale)
    I’m delighted to hear this is a high priority for your PM and agree it has to be the responsibility of every citizen to bravely stand up against and report crime and criminals. I hope he finds a ‘safe’ way for you to do this. I’ve met so many genuine, caring and giving people since Ive lived here. Please help to support this goal and hopefully I can enjoy the rest of my time in your beautiful country sleeping better at night.

  14. Anonymous
    January 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    “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?”

    Brave things to say by an almost white man. I’m aware that he is a politician and so everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt, but with all his short comings the man seems to posses a social conscience and some vision (definitely more that out last PM and his minions) tempered with some pragmatism. One thing is for sure St. Lucia trajectory is in need of disparate correction.