HOW many red hot cases have to turn cold before murderers are brought to justice? How many women and children have to get raped before the perpetrators are stopped? How many crimes have to go unpunished before someone says enough is enough, let’s clean up the whole mess of a justice system we have in St. Lucia?
Crime, both serious and petty has become the dominating force in St. Lucia somewhat like a meaner version on Goliath and everybody else is a victim whether they were actually victimised or simply laying in wait for their turn to be victimised.
Just take a look at the recent homicides crippling the island…do you honestly think that people with the power to bring about justice have NO clue who’s behind it?
You know it, they know it, we all know that many of the top criminals in society have their police and lawyer friends who can easily make evidence and or witnesses disappear with one 30 second phone call…but who’s gonna do anything to stop them?
If this is all too serious, let’s get to lesser, yet just as effective crimes. Just two weeks ago, I gave one Rita William the chance to tell her story, a story of rape from the age of eight to rape as a teenager which led to her having an unwanted child…why is she still living in fear of that ordeal and those before? Why are those men still free?
Now tell me, how can one feel safe from bullies and criminals when the bullies and criminals own the ones who are meant to be keeping us safe?
There I was thinking that the damning IMPACS report would have brought about some significant change but all it seemingly did was just cause an itch that was quickly scratched and forgotten about.
Whilst I still believe that The U.S. shouldn’t be the ones to step in and push us around seeing that their own backyards are in complete disarray, I genuinely believe that a fresh crop of lawmakers all around should be brought in to clean up the mess we have here because at the rate we are going, where friendships and money continue to dictate the direction taken by those with the power to implement change then we might as well be dogs chasing our tails because we are going nowhere.
A major shake up needs to come from the head down…interpret as you wish.
Call me ignorant but I have a list of countries that I would never like to visit because quite honestly, the crime rate there scares me and that includes Jamaica, Trinidad and the obvious ones like Iraq etc. but here’s what scares me even more…my island home, the place that I love with my all is starting to fit the same criteria as those islands and countries that scare me…how did this happen?
I am proud to be a St. Lucian and my island to me is paradise but man, we have some real parasites feeding off this place and it’s killing us all because whilst our name is being dragged through the mud and our reputation is being soiled, we the people continue to live in fear and feel like fish in a barrel as the honest and decent citizens are so easily picked off and nothing is being done about it.
I get so annoyed when people say “look at the States, they have more crime than us so we should quit complaining” um, one, St. Lucia is a DOT compared to the U.S. so it’s kind of obvious that they would have more crime and 2, I DON’T CARE THAT THEY HAVE MORE CRIME, I DON’T LIVE THERE, I LIVE HERE SO I’M CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE!
St. Lucia is too small an island to have such a high number of unsolved crimes. And I know that you know that they know that most of the culprits are well known who walk among civilians like untouchable bosses.
We need a better functioning justice system and whilst I’m aware that this is going to take time and an unimaginable amount of money, I think that this is an issue that should be a top priority…don’t you think?
All the well known criminals wreaking havoc in St. Lucia shouldn’t have the liberties to live freely and happily with the same, if not more benefits than us hard working and honest citizens. No, the tables need to be turned right around and they should be the ones cowering in their little rat holes just waiting to be picked off one by one. They should be the ones wondering when their number will be up and that it is looming. But most importantly, this should be done in a legal way from a freshly refurbished legal system that recognises the law and goes all out to uphold it.
We need to do this for our people to thrive comfortably and in peace; we need to do this to save the reputation of our award winning island; we need to do this for our children to be able to grow up in a safe environment and we need to do this so that the hundreds who have been murdered and the thousands who have been hurt by criminals can finally get the justice that they deserve.