Killers de­serve death penalty

Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE - I. PINNOCK Chris­tiana, Manch­ester

IN RE­CENT times, the tar­geted killing of school­child­ren has be­come a so­ci­etal plague. We have seen in­stances where school­child­ren have been robbed and stabbed to death, houses set on fire with in­fants in­side, and per­pe­tra­tors would seem­ingly have got away with it. This is just the tip of the ice­berg when com­pared to sim­i­lar acts of cru­elty and crim­i­nal­ity against our chil­dren in this our beloved coun­try.

As a peo­ple, as a so­ci­ety, we need to take a stand. We need to send a sig­nal to these un­scrupu­lous peo­ple who, clearly, have no fear for ei­ther God or man.

It is my view that the time has come for us to re-ex­am­ine the death penalty and do what is nec­es­sary in terms of leg­is­la­tion to start tak­ing the lives of these crim­i­nals who show no mercy when com­mit­ting these das­tardly acts of mur­der­ing our chil­dren who rep­re­sent the fu­ture of our coun­try.

I be­lieve that if these crim­i­nals know that they will die once con­victed of these hor­rific crimes against our chil­dren, they will think twice about what they are do­ing. We must fight fire with fire and send the sig­nal that we, in­deed, are se­ri­ous and we do mean busi­ness.

I want to use this op­por­tu­nity to call on Del­roy Chuck, min­is­ter of jus­tice, to re-ex­am­ine the law and en­sure that we, once again, be­gin to en­force the death penalty, be it by the hang­man’s noose, lethal in­jec­tion, the elec­tric chair or oth­er­wise.

Let us take back Ja­maica from these mer­ci­less crim­i­nals who are de­ter­mined to de­stroy our coun­try.

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Hun­dreds take part in the peace­ful protest out­side Ja­maica Col­lege on Mon­day. Fran­cis was mur­dered by a man who sought to rob him of his watch and phone.

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