SLP Senator: Hanging not ‘one stop’ crime solution

Opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Senator, Guibion Ferdinand, has said that no one measure will stop crime.

Ferdinand spoke against the backdrop of calls by his labour party colleague, John Charlery,  for the resumption of hanging.

Charlery made the call  during an interview at  a vigil last night in La Clery, where there was a double homicide on February 1, 2017.

“I don’t think that any one specific action will stop crime, especially capital punishment,” Senator Guibion Ferdinand told reporters, adding that there is research to suggest that capital punishment does not always work.

“I am not in total agreement with some of the suggestions that have been made, but what I can say is that all of those murders and heinous crimes require multiple efforts from several stakeholders,” he said.

Saint Lucia has r recorded fifteen homicides for the year so far.

he last execution in Saint Lucia was on the 17th of October 1995, when Joseph Solomon Vitalis was hanged for murder.

The SLP Senator said he does not believe that hanging is the ‘one stop’ solution to crime.

Asked whether he would support capital punishment as one of the measures to address crime, Ferdinand said:

“At this point in our society, we are a developing country – looking ahead, I think over time capital punishment will be something that will be in the past in most civilised societies, so I think we as a civilised society need to look ahead and find more ways to prevent crime rather than punitive measures.

The former School Principal disclosed that punitive measures even in the field of education,  do not really deter undesirable behaviour and usually represent a  short term approach which after being implemented, sees a repeat of the same behaviour reoccur.

“What is think is needed are measures that can  prevent crime.Prevention is the issue, not punitive measures, not punishment,” he declared.



  1. Pastor Aristide
    February 15, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I don’t agree Senator Ferdinand I believe capital murder is a crime die for die,period something must be done

  2. 666
    February 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    A smart one!

  3. Sharon terrell
    February 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Am no SLP SUPPORTER,they all can die for all i care and their supporters.But i agree.Hanging is the best and most easiest way to die ask those in the spirit,some have even called to be hanged or put to death.The people see a rope they get all excited,the human race is the most evil of all creatures.Hang him execute him a bunch of JUDAS,giving christ away for 30 pence.Its all about the killing.Lets kill them all and free society, of these scums bags.why is life in prison without parole,the greatest option.Who give you’ll power and authority to kill,The SLP supporters kenny will put youll to death by hanging keep loving him.

    1. ...
      February 16, 2017 at 11:34 am

      they all can die? This isnt the smartest thing to say?

      1. young mind
        February 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

        Exactly! We speak so much garbage and when things start to stink in our noses we cry for help.

  4. Anonymous
    February 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Is the senator saying that people who commit crime should not be punished?
    Ludicrous. Have you ever heard that before?

    1. young mind
      February 16, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Some of us do not take time to read and draw conclusions based on information presented. We have our pre-conceived ideologies and comment based on them. Smh.

    2. young mind
      February 16, 2017 at 7:54 am

      There is a difference between punitive and preventative.

      1. Tee
        February 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

        Ok so what is being done fo either at the moment.. Killing others is like a hobby .

  5. Concerned
    February 16, 2017 at 7:58 am

    If we don’t want hanging then bring back something like restore confidence.
    Any innocent people died in restore confidence???
    Yet so many innocent people dying under the bad boys. Mistaken identity and all.

  6. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Well said ferdi

  7. Concerned
    February 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Your well haven’t run dry Mr senator so you’re not missing the water… keep shielding the murderers so there can continue to kill

  8. Righteous
    February 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    We not interested in what SLP has to say. I gave your’ll 5 years to try yo curb that situation. Now u in opposition all of your’ll have an input. Your’ll in the news more than when your’ll were in power.

  9. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Hanging may be one way to stop one individual namely the one hanged we never have to worry about him again but what about all the others and those up coming. I agree with the Senator we need to find ways to prevent the crimes from occuring or limiting it. But in the time being we need to have things in place to punish the criminals let them know that as a nation we will not stand that.

  10. young mind
    February 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

    There is an issue being spoken about in the article here and it is the use of capital puishment to address crime. For some reason, there is always an ignorant comment about a political party. Whether SLP or UWP crime remains. Why don’t we deal with the issue and stop bringing politics into what is known as a social problem! We St. Lucians want people to believe that we are learned or smart but sometimes I wonder….

  11. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    They should hang but inject them to death. To much crime