Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) endorsed candidate for Castries North, John Charlery, has called for the reintroduction of hanging as a means to deal with crime which he says is getting out of hand.
“As a matter of fact what I think that we should do – they should bring back hanging, so that people will not just take people’s lives just like that – I don’t support it at all, because today it is one person and tomorrow it could be at my door,” the SLP official stated.
“I know the law is there, but you know you have human rights and all these kinds of things, so this is one of the problems that we have – the human rights is always fighting hanging, so this is the reason,” he declared.
The SLP candidate expressed the view that Saint Lucians need to come together to make criminals understand ‘what it is.’
The last hanging in Saint Lucia was in 1995.
Charlery attended a vigil last night in La Clery, organised in the aftermath of the February 1, 2017 double murder of a couple from Tamarind Heights.
Sandrina Joseph and Jeffrey Arbella were reportedly hacked to death as they slept.
John Charlery described the anti-crime activity last night as having been very successful, asserting that all must come together to stop crime in Saint Lucia.
The opposition official described the event as a start, while expressing the view that more can be done.
Charlery said he is very concerned about crime.