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May 10, 2011

Should minors who are charged with murder be tried in open court?

Murder trials for minors are usually closed to the public. So tonight we ask should minors who are charged with murder be tried in open court as adults? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at channel5belize.com. You can also send an email with your comments to questions@channel5belize.com.

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17 Responses for “Should minors who are charged with murder be tried in open court?”

  1. Lucas says:

    If a minor commits a crime like an adult, then that minor should and must be treated, tried, sentenced and punished like an adult.

  2. BZNinCALI says:

    Absolutely, especially if it is clearly a case of premeditation or done during the senseless orgies of violence that seems to be the new past time. And, if we now expunge their records as adults after they have done their time at hostel, we need to revisit that as well. I do feel that we should offer some protection to preteens but if they cannot be held accountable, prosecute their parents.

  3. Earl Grey says:

    YES……………. YES……………… YES
    Anyone over 12-13 years old SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS…. especially MURDER.

    THE OPEN COURT………………. SHOULD SERVE AS A DETERRENT TO FURTHER CRIMES by setting an EXAMPLE. ………….
    IT’S SOMETHING WE NEED TODAY.

  4. MADDYVANDIJKDEREALISTO says:

    Yes, minors who are charged with murder should be tried in open court, just as adults who commit murder.
    I believe that the crime a minor committed and not the perpetrators age, should be the determining factor in sentencing him or her for the act he or she committed.

    For the judicial system to function properly in Belize it is important if the criminal process in meet or satisfy the appearance of what justice should look like in plain view of the public. To insure that the court is not malfunctioning as a justice or conviction system this type of security can best be provided by allowing people to observe cases while in session, or via the media.

  5. Rod says:

    Yes and hang them if they are found guilty hang them tha bridge foot so that all can see.

  6. EMS says:

    If one can do the crime, one must do the time, certainly minors who are bold enough to commit murder should face the criminal court system openly, not sheltered by age requirements and an array of cover.

  7. belizeaninterest says:

    No child should be tried as an adult. A child has rights and they should be respected even if he/she is a murderer. We do not not know the all the circumstances that led to this so we should not try a child as an adult!

  8. islander says:

    If they are old enough to kill, they are old enough to face society for their misdeeds.

  9. Storm says:

    Murder is no prank. Killers should be tried as adults, at least down to 14 years of age. Don’t coddle the killer, protect the community!

  10. MACAL RIVERA says:

    YES, THEY HAD THE MAN COURAGE TO KILL SOMEONE WELL LET THEM FACE IN OPEN COURT LIKE MEN.
    PARENTS SHOULD BE CHARGE TOO

  11. rebel says:

    Of course not. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty. What if they are paraded in Court, slandered by the public exposure, and then found not guilty? How do you reverse the negative image on them? You can’t. Let’s not get too sensational with these cases. Now, if they are found guilty, that’s a different story.

  12. J says:

    LET THEM FACE SHAME AN A 4 YEARS REMAND TIME MABY THEN THEY WILL GET THERE ACT 2GTR….IF YOU CANT DO THE TIME DNT DO THE CRIME….

  13. Never again UDP says:

    HELL YES

  14. Usias says:

    of course yes……… they kill the people they know what they are doing…….

  15. Byrd says:

    Yes, tried them as adults…

  16. MACAL RIVERA says:

    HELL YES, CAUSE IF EVEN IF THEY ARE GUILTY OF MURDER THEY ARE GUILTY OF SOMETHING AND WHEN THEY ARE PARADED IN PUBLIC THEY WILL LEARN TO BEHAVE THE HARD WAY, THATS THE WAY THEY WANTED IT.

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHILDREN RIGHT WHEN THEY MURDER SOMEONE,
    INNOCENT IS BS THEY DID IT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT IN FRONT OF PEOPLE.

  17. JAH BLESS says:

    yes!!!!!!!!!!! tried them as adults if they raise a weapon the now the use of it and the consequence no mercy on them…………

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