Saint Lucia’s Social Justice Minister says he supports any discussion on what can be done to alleviate the situation of gun crime.
“We know that many of our young people are losing their lives – not just young people but many of the perpetrators are young people and there’s something that must be done and should be done to see the extent to which this can be abated,” Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute told reporters last week.
Last week Justice Minister Hermangild Francis announced that the government may remove the ability of magistrates to deal with gun crime, and allow the high court to handle such matters.
Francis spoke against the backdrop of what he described as a ‘troubling’ case in which a man was granted bail for possession of a ‘high powered’ rifle.
Ronnie Montoute was granted bail in the sum of $13,000 or like surety when he appeared in court last week.
The Social Justice Minister Lenard Montoute told reporters any move that will be effective has his support.
While disclosing that he had not given much thought to the suggestion by Hermangild Francis, he said he was prepared as a member of cabinet to be part of any debate or discussion that will take place on reducing gun crime in this country.