Renewed Call For A Strong Message To Criminals After Gros Islet Homicide

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Community leader, Jim Joseph, has called on the government to send a strong message to criminals while expressing condolence to the family and friends of a Jamaican national who was shot dead on Monday night in Beausejour, Gros Islet.

Joseph observed that recently, the call had gone out to the previous administration to do something about crime.

“With the change in administration we are imploring and asking the government to do something to ensure that there is proper legislation in place to ensure that persons who commit such crimes are  caught and are dealt with speedily and send a strong message that this thing will not continue to happen in the country,” he declared.

Joseph, who is the President of the Beausejour Community Group, spoke to reporters on Tuesday after police confirmed that Jamaican national, Bashanie Reid , 26, of Beausejour, Gros Islet, had been shot dead at his home where he also operated a shop.

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Police disclosed that about 8:15 P.M on Monday, officers attached to the Gros Islet station responded to the report of the shooting.

“To think that somebody would target someone in their private home and snuff out their life just like this is something that we should not tolerate as a people, as a society,” the President of the Beasejour Community Group said.

Joseph said something has to be done about justice reform and the speed at which the wheels of justice grind.

“We cannot have a situation where we have persons committing such acts being granted a slap on the wrist, granted bail for things like gun possession. So we really need to do something about that,” he told reporters.

But he also spoke of the responsibility that citizens must shoulder to ensure they do whatever they can.

According to the President of the Beausejour Community Group, it starts in the home and the community.

“We cannot just leave things to the politicians and the police and community representatives like myself. All of us have to take responsibility and understand that all of us have a part to play in fighting crime,” he stated.

According to the police, Saint Lucia has so far this year recorded 41 homicides, one of which involved a fatal police shooting.

Headline photo: Police vehicle at scene of fatal shooting

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