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.