Former Saint Lucia National Security Minister has called for swift, brutal punishment for gun and knife crimes.
Doctor Keith Mondesir spoke against the backdrop of Friday afternoon’s murder of a Guardsman employee who was shot in the head by bandits who robbed the Balata gas station, and the discovery early Saturday morning of a body at Aupicon, Vieux Fort.
The body bore a puncture wound to the chest and a laceration to the back of the head, according to the police.
Former National Security Minister Doctor Keith Mondesir says the attitude, especially of teenagers now, is “don’t careish” as if they have nothing to lose.
“So you must, in your exercise of correction, be swift, hard and determined to get any results,” Mondesir asserted.
He reiterated the view that if anyone is caught with an illegal firearm the penalty should be twenty to fifty years with no bail.
“If you are caught with a knife or you hurt someone with a knife, it should be 15 years to 45 years – no bail,” the former Minister told St Lucia Times.
“As long as you are caught there should be no bail,” he asserted.
He explained that if the authorities do not get harsh, they will not get the results they desire.
“You take the guys and you bail them – they come out; they are able to get away by a boat or somehow and you cannot find them. The penalty has to be swift and hard and the penalty has to be brutal,” Mondesir declared.
He said the authorities must be very hard, stern and tough with criminals.
“We are just putting bandages on a sore foot – you have to amputate,” Mondesir told St Lucia Times.
He felt that the current administration should enter parliament and legislate tough penalties.
The former Minister said light penalties will not solve the problem of violent crime.