Hang ‘em high
Many believe the reintroduction of hanging would be a deterrent to criminal behaviour.

Dear Editor,

Most of the crimes that are being committed in Jamaica are being done by the young people who display the badman attitude.

We should not forget what former teacher Mervis Henry said sometime ago: “Young people have mind problems; they need to fix their minds from the evil mentality.” And also, from listening to violent music.

Iran is the world’s largest executioner of juvenile offenders. Imagine that? And I doubt if Iran has ever been a murder capital like Jamaica, but the death penalty has always been in full swing in that country.

Every Jamaican should be in full support of Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewelyn’s call for the death penalty of that young accused who is charged with slaughtering Kimesha Wright and her four children.

Since 1980 Jamaica has been rampant with crime and violence, resulting in countless deaths — not deaths of chickens but precious human lives.

Imagine, a young mother and her four children were thoroughly butchered in Clarendon — they were stabbed and their throats slashed. I mourn for those little ones and their grandmother, so much so that I have found it hard to eat and have peace of mind.

In some places, when the ‘gunbwoys’ and the crime monsters raise their ugly heads, we turn to the states of public emergency (SOEs), which has been our only solution for getting gun violence under control, and it has delivered us. Likewise, we must now unleash the death penalty in a country operating like the Wild West. It may be our saviour.

We have had six people murdered in a family before, maybe more than once. We have had five people murdered in a family before, maybe more than once. All I am saying is: The Government has no crime plan; therefore, reintroduce the death penalty and see what will happen.

For God’s sake, stop feeding violent criminals on taxpayers’ money. Stop making them comfortable. Stop!

Donald Mckoy


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