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Apr 5, 2018

The Plans to Fight Crime and Crack Down

Also aiding to G.O.B.’s crime fight is a series of bills first introduced in the House during the Budget presentation and passed by the Senate last week. The new Protection of Witnesses Act of 2018 allows a magistrate to grant an order prohibiting the disclosure of the identities of persons who are, or are willing to assist in a specified qualifying criminal investigation.  The Firearms Amendment Bill was also passed, tightening gun controls and penalties, including licensed weapon holders for carelessness. The Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act amendment sets harsh penalties for belonging to, leading, sympathizing with or harboring a gang or gang members. We get a summary from Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, who says that both law abiders and law breakers are now on notice.

 

On the Phone: Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“We have told the gangs, we have told the criminals: how we go from here is up to you. If you behave right, everything will be normal; if you slip down, then we will move in on you and it will get real draconian. Because the public can’t live under the fear of gang violence and gang intimidation. The Government noh wah have it. We already had a Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act; so that one was an amendment to make the penalties stiffer, and to make police have more rights in terms of search and seizure. The protection of witnesses is so that people can testify without being in fear of their lives. What will happen now is that we can have screening between the accused and the person who is testifying; people would be able to be sequestered for a period of time leading up to trial; the magistrate could order that the names of people who are witnesses, giving witness statements, can be withheld and stuff like that.”

 

Aaron Humes

“And that’s just to complement the ongoing efforts in terms of crime prevention?”

 

On the Phone: Michael Peyrefitte

“Right, exactly. What we are finding out is that a lot of people di do two years, three years like da nothing; ih noh even bother them that they are spending three years in prison. So we say no – we have to make the penalties stiffer. You get found with more than one gun, da ten years da jail. And we coming very stiff on people who have licensed firearms – stop di treat your firearm like a toy, take more responsibility for it. We are finding out that a lot of criminal activity occurs with firearms with people who have licenses for them. So what happened is we have to clamp down – we have to make sure people who have licensed firearms know that they must treat the weapon like a dangerous weapon and be careful with it.”

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