Francis speaks on ‘vigilante justice’

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has declared that he is not sure whether  vigilante justice was meted out in an incident at Cacao, Babonneau last week in which an alleged bandit was reportedly beaten by a shop owner and some residents of the community.

The man was accused of holding up the shop with a gun, but was overpowered by the shop owner and others.

Photos of the bloodied victim who was stripped naked were posted on social media.

“From what I was told persons were defending their property,” Francis told reporters on Monday.

He asserted that according to reports a man had walked into an establishment demanding money and had actually taken money from some individuals.

“That is for the DPP and the police to decide,” Francis stated.

The suspected Babonneau bandit, Reynolds Alfred, 25, of Carielle   was ordered to stay indoors from 12 midnight to 8.am as part of his bail conditions when he made his first court appearance.

He was bailed in the sum of $5000 cash  suitable surety or land documents.

The bail conditions also included reporting to the Central Police station every Wednesday between 9. am and 6.pm, surrendering all travel documents, not leaving the state without permission and staying away from the Cacao area of Babonneau.

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Herman we don’t need travel documents to leave the country.don’t forget its very easy to get new IDS

  2. sharon terrell
    April 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    My minister of Justice all they need is a boat. Documents can be obtained else where.

  3. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    These people have Big mouth; wat francis saying de, he is theif and his whole family ; white collor criminals they r; St Lucian open your eyes

  4. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Bottom line is people have no confidence in the police and legal system.

  5. Fair play
    April 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    well said anonymous 3:56 pm.
    I do not support vigilante justice. But when the state fails people have to satisfy their needs. Hermangild start getting your police efficient and in order, investigative ready with the ability to solve cases, the courts in order and ticking and people will not have to resort to a thing.

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