Francis backs hanging, plans visit to BCF gallows

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has lamented that criminals at times receive a ‘slap on the wrist’ when they are brought before the courts and has indicated that an example should be made of persons who commit violent crimes.

“The criminal code deals with capital murder. How many persons have been sentenced for capital murder? We need to get there,” Francis declared.

He disclosed that some time next week he will be visiting the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) to see whether the gallows are functioning properly.

“We need to make an example,” he stated.

Francis pointed out that he was not saying to bring back hanging.

“I am telling you the criminal code speaks about it – this is on our law books. If we as a people do not want  it then we remove it. If it is there, we must implement it – that is all I am saying,” he explained.

He observed that people have said that hanging is not a deterrent to crime, but that is not his business since the law provides for capital punishment.

The minister also addressed the issue of bail granted by the courts.

“Sometimes the police do what they are supposed to do, the persons are taken to court, they are granted bail and at the end of the day they go back and do the same things,” Francis asserted.

He made the comments Thursday in response to a reporter’s question about the recent apprehension of an alleged serial rapist at Piaye, Vieux Fort, by residents who tied up the suspect and beat him before handing him over to the police.

An arrest warrant had been issued for the suspect in May this year after he failed to make a court appearance on a rape charge for which bail had been granted.

While declaring that he was not criticising the judiciary, Francis spoke of the need for all of the systems – the executive,  the legislature and the judiciary to work together.

“One person can’t be doing one thing and the other doing another thing,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner explained.

He told reporters that some of the persons in the judiciary must understand that they live in Saint Lucia.

“They have heard the facts, they have seen what is happening. When you bring somebody before a magistrate or a judge for a firearm offence, we understand the number of firearms that are being used here and persons getting a slap on the wrist and getting away,” the minister observed.

He noted that police officers are risking their lives.

Francis recalled this week’s incident on Riverside Road where an off duty police officer in civilian clothing  was shot at when he went after a gunman after a citizen raised an alarm.

According to reports, the gunman opened fire after the officer identified himself and ordered the suspect to stop.

The officer, who was unhurt in the incident, returned fire and the gunman fled.

It was not clear whether the assailant had been hit.

Francis also made reference to another recent incident in which a Security Guard was shot and killed  by bandits outside the Caribbean Cinemas complex at Choc Estate.




  1. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    So we’re back to this story. Whenever politicians become desperate, they start talking about hanging. Its been shown that in the US where executions still happen, there is far more crime than other countries where executions don’t happen. Saint Lucians need to stop looking for quick fixes and start being honest with themselves and the dirt that they continue to hide that protects these criminals from prosecution.

    1. Bud
      September 15, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Just curious where u getting your facts from?per capita saint lucia has more crime than the us or major countries,.here is how it works lets say for every 10 st lucians 3 have experienced a criminal act for that same number its 1 for the us .i live outside dc on many ocassions i have gone to bed with my front door or garage and kitchen doors unlocked ill never take that chance back home and i come every year,when some one is found guilty ,with overwhelming evidence the fullest extent of the law must be applied, its time we saint lucians get serious about crime and demand justice.

  2. PROPHECY📘📕📗📚
    September 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Before y’all can send ppl to gallos think about getting them convicted with overwhelming putting your cacart before your horse!

  3. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I don’t understand Francis point he says he isn’t saying bring back hanging but then he say if it’s in our laws why dont we use it ?

    1. Cool
      September 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      He said people are saying bring back hanging but it is not bring it back it is already in the books

    2. lala
      September 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      You cannot bring back what is already there. You just need to start making use of the gallows and maybe just may e the criminals will think twice.

      1. z
        September 21, 2017 at 7:23 am

        I totally agree with you Lee

  4. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Francis knows all too well that the courts don’t sentence people to hang as this decision is always overturned on appeal by the privy council. He needs to come up with a better strategy to deal with crime than this nonsense

  5. Redz
    September 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    It’s about time they brought back the gallows. You kill and you be killed. That should spark some fear into them. Let’s see how this turns out. Politricks

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    September 14, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    […] Source: St. Lucia Times National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has lamented that criminals at times receive a ‘slap on the wrist’ when they are brought before the courts and has indicated that an example should be made of persons who commit violent crimes. “The criminal code deals with capital murder. How many persons have… Link: Francis backs hanging, plans visit to BCF gallows […]

  7. Anonymous
    September 15, 2017 at 12:02 am

    It is a punishment prescribed by law so if at the same time it serves as a deterrent so be it. Once convicted of Capital Muder and you have expired all your appeals you should face the Hangman.

  8. Kamizol
    September 15, 2017 at 6:10 am

    This is a difficult issue and I don’t think Francis knows what to do next. But he either needs to be seen to be doing or saying something or is frustrated about what to do so he mentions hanging. Bringing it back is not going to reduce the amount of murders being committed because every country would be using it if it was that effective. Criminologists have stated that capital punishment is not a deterrent for homicide.

    Most criminals think they will not get caught; others just don’t care as they are on drugs or drunk or mentally ill. And then you have the crime of passion: people lashing out in a rage with deadly results without thinking of the consequences.

    1. Anonymous
      September 15, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Perfectly said Kamizol, well researched! The government has no answers to the spiraling, out of control gun crimes. In order to allay the people’s fears and to pacify their outrage about the government’s inaction and seemingly inability to fix this quandary, government officials often resort to talk about Capital Punishment. Where are the new and practical initiatives? What about new tough legislation for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunitions. What about beefing up the Police Force with the resources they need to effectively fight this scourge. What about proper training of police personnel in investigative techniques, evidence collection and forensics. What about the government making crime its #1 priority instead of Tourism . Security has been put on the back burner by this Administration. Government needs to get its priorities in the correct order.


  9. Kamizol
    September 15, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Beautifully expressed, Vibz. You made some positive, productive points. Tackling crime definitely has to be a priority.

  10. Anon1
    September 15, 2017 at 8:22 am

    What a hold heap of crap.

    Stop feeding us lip service, you’ll know if you’ll hang anyone that further restrictions of financial and technical assistance will be placed on us.

    At least by the UK and EU.

    Pure papishow

  11. Anon1
    September 15, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Francis you can back it to the hills.

    However you are fully aware if we hang ANYONE further financial and technical assistance will be withdrawn by the UK and EU – fact.

  12. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Find the root of the problem / social ills and fix it…stop addressing the symptoms. The killing mentality must stop, and it starts with us. We are what we think!

    1. Anonymous
      September 24, 2017 at 3:57 am

      Totally agree

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