Saint Lucia’s Praedial Larceny Unit has cautioned farmers not to take the law into their own hands, after a report that a farmer and others attacked a man whom they accused of stealing cows.
As a result of the attack, the victim ended up at St Jude Hospital nursing multiple injuries.
Persons familiar with the incident said it occurred on Tuesday of last week at Micoud.
But they explained that the victim said that he is also a farmer.
And he stated that he was merely traversing another farm as a short cut to the main road when others accused him of being a thief.
However, the victim said despite his denials, the owner of the farm and others proceeded to assault him.
Police are investigating the matter.
Dellan Emmanuel is the Supervisor of the Southern Team of the Praedial Larceny Unit.
In response to the report about the Micoud incident, he said the unit does not condone acts of violence against others.
“People should not take the law into their own hands,” Emmanuel observed.
Therefore, we warned that the perpetrators can face repercussions.
Emmanuel said there has been a rise is praedial larceny matters in the South, especially pertaining to cattle stealing.
According to Emmanuel, praedial larceny has been a longstanding problem.
But he disclosed that with so many job losses because of COVID-19, praedial larceny reports are increasing.
“We do understand the frustration of our farmers,” Emmanuel declared.
Nevertheless, he said that taking the law into one’s own hands is not the way to address the problem.
Emmanuel encouraged farmers to report thefts to the police.
“What we need is for farmers to work in tandem with the police by giving information regarding any praedial larceny incident that they witness or know about,” he said.
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