LPM reverses position on capital punishment

The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), which has in the past argued against capital punishment,  has said that the time has come when the party has to rethink its position.

“It is therefore in our national interest and the preservation of our society and the way of life which we once cherished, that we  move quickly to apply the death penalty as a deterrent for those who wish to run afoul of the law,” LPM leader, Therold Prudent said.

Prudent told St Lucia Times that this is not meant to accommodate or appease those who have been or are currently in power and have not done enough to manage the crime situation on the island.

“In fact, while there  are many scientific studies which point to the ineffective application of capital punishment as a deterrent to crime in metropolitan nations, we have no empirical data or evidence that the same is true in small and impoverished nations such as our own,” Prudent explained.

He stated that given the heightened concern that this country may be approaching a juncture where the taking of a human life is of  no significance to criminals, there is no choice  but to  embrace the application of the death penalty in the delivery of justice.

The LPM leader asserted that while the application of capital punishment may be averse to powerful nations around the world capable of spending millions of dollars in the rehabilitation of murderers,  this cannot  be the standard by which Saint Lucia is forced to live as an impoverished nation.

“We have many challenges of which unemployment and crime are at the top of  the list, and our  government has only applied superficial measures in tackling these two problems,” Prudent observed.

“They have allowed their need for reelection and for wanting to remain in the political limelight long after their political worth has depreciated,  to be of more significance than dealing with the issues of unemployment and crime in a comprehensive manner,” he told St Lucia Times.

“They pander to criminal elements in our nation , they embolden them and with that comes a massive weakening of the national security  apparatus and the ability of governments to provide protection for law abiding citizens,” the LPM leader asserted.

He stressed that the brutal murder of Saint Lucian citizens, visitors and foreigners here is inexcusable.

“In many impoverished nations around the world where there is starvation and pestilence and the rate of unemployment is worse than ours, most  citizens understand that resorting to violent crime where human life is devalued, will be met with swift justice,” Prudent noted.

The LPM leader reiterated his party’s ‘seven-year old plea’ and suggestion to the powers that be to convene a National Consultation on crime that would draw people together in a ‘meaningful way’ in the fight against crime.


  1. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I do not support Politics or the Political following, but this expression of National Security based on our scale of ecomony and current state of affairs is well said. We need to adopt a better route in dealing with criminal elements. Hopefully the wave of crime doesn’t have to follow the “cliche” of a resolve being provided if a high ranking or otherwise affluent member of society’s peace is tainted.

  2. Lime Juice
    September 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Well….now you speaking. But I rather see actions than words. Francis got me pissed for talking about Criminals’ Human Rights 😴😴 Death Penalty ONLY hows for people whom don’t value the human lives, in my opinion.

  3. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Politicians !!! SMDH. The fact remains though that capital punishment is fundamentally unchristian. So if you call yourself a Christian and support what is essentially state-sponsored murder you should also label yourself a hypocrite!

    1. Anonymous
      September 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Say that again .if u are a christian.not all but some of the biggest hypocrites, christians,the crusade killings. Molestation of boys,burning of cities and the list goes on and on,in every civilized society ,there is a form of capital punishment. And it must be applied for some of the most heinous crimes.. if not let the crimanals walk .

    2. Anonymous
      September 17, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Unchristian? You’re freaking hilarious. Christians have killed more than imaginable. Remember it was Christians that started the slave trade and in the process killed 30 million Africans.

      1. Anonymous
        September 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm

        I get what you say but you missed my point completely. I was pointing to the hypocrisy.

  4. Lime Juice
    September 17, 2017 at 9:59 am

    This is why I dropped Christianity, and I’m glad that I did that. Otherwise, I would have been one of the enablers that support Human Rights for criminals. Of course, not all criminals should be executed, but your argument holds no value. You needn’t bring religion into it

    1. Anonymous
      September 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      We call ourselves christian country and have christian ceremonies at every official state function. So I don’t see why christianity and religion shouldn’t be brought into the discussion.

  5. What's Going On
    September 17, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Anonymous before you call Christian hypocrite for supporting Capital Punishment, take a look at these verses

    Romans 13:1-6
    Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.”(NIV)

    Matthew 26:52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”(NIV)

    Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.”(NIV)

    1. Anonymous
      September 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Those same verses could have been used to support and defend tyranny, oppression and slavery…….bible say don’t revolt against massa.
      In history, the bible has been used a great tool to bamboozle gullable masses.

  6. What's Going On
    September 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

    one more

    Numbers 35:33

    ‘So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it

  7. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 17, 2017 at 11:25 am

    You see? Politicians are all the same. Prudent was supposed to be zebra in that herd of self-centered cattle, but noooooo, he had to blend in cause more voters are asking for blood.

    It took us 30 yrs to get to where we are today. So why would you try and treat the symptoms when the problem’s root is right there in your face? Politicians are gutless, and they’re only after your vote.

    1. Fuck a Badmind
      September 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Shame on you Mr prudent very disappointed at you

  8. J450
    September 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I have spoken with Mr Prudent on this subject in the past and I know it must pain him to arrive at this position. I still won’t regard him as your typical politician in search of votes given it was the part of the platform of the LPM from its inception even as most voters opposed it. I must add that he has done a good job of explaining his party’s new position in a rational and intelligent way something which most politicians in the country are unable to do.

  9. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    funny people

  10. Annoyed lucian abroad.
    September 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    One quick look at Texas and ull should know capital punishment is not a deterrent. Focus on creating jobs and getting rid of the corruption amongst government and police. Lucians real ignorant at times. Ull cover for the criminals and hollar for hangings..if u wouldn’t turn a blind eye to the petty crimes in ur own yard, maybe the petty crimes wouldn’t turn into violent ones.. but no. Yall see hear or speak nothing when asked and bitch afterwards.

    1. Anonymous
      September 18, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Exactly Prudent’s point comparing Texas to St. Lucia.

  11. Dale Jacobs
    September 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I don’t the death penalty deterring crime in America.

  12. Dale Jacobs
    September 17, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    So why is there so much crime in the USA?

  13. God is Great
    September 17, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Hang Allen Chastanet first. He deserves it for messing up our island.

    1. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
      September 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      I disagree, it’s cumulative…40 yrs of SLP and UWP messing up our island…they have failed the people!

      Anyway, a God who loves to hang is not great at all, pure evil, I might say. Change your mindset and you will change your life. We are what we think!

  14. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Disparate clueless Lucians crying for more blood to end the bloodshed.

  15. Anonymous
    September 18, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hang there rass

  16. Anonymous
    September 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Applying the death penalty is also a superficial measure Mr. Prudent. You know this I’m sure. So why support it? Unless we tackle the problem at its root, it will remain. Too many social ills in this society. Not that anyone is condoning criminal acts.

  17. Eliza
    September 18, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    The death penalty has never been a deterrent. It is simply an act of revenge perpetrated by the State in the guise of punishment. If the death penalty had ever been a deterrent, the crimes for which it is used would have ceased hundreds of years ago. The social issues which lead to an increase in crime are the things which need to be tackled. Using the death penalty as a measure to control crime is nothing more than a dereliction of duty by those in power.

  18. Anonymous
    September 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Teach them a lesson to many crime in our little island ..do u guys reallize all the caribbean country are down now …cuz of the hurrican that left lucia ..vency ..Granada…ja..not much if st.lucia crime..so high ppl not gonna come to lucia …n if they strat giving ppl the death penalty the crime will stop ..cuz no one wants to die

    1. Anonymous
      October 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      you are clueless!