Discussions underway to amend praedial larceny legislation
The Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier, says discussions are underway with the Ministries of National Security and Justice to change the praedial larceny laws to secure more convictions for farm theft.
According to Kellier, there have been concerns that the laws are too complicated which makes it more difficult for law enforcement.
The minister says praedial larceny cases are often thrown out of court because the wrong charges are assigned to offences and enforcement officers are forced to pull on different pieces of legislation in order to maximise conviction.
He also says the sensitisation of Resident Magistrates and Clerk of Courts should ensure that among other things, they will be able to apply the correct penalties to persons found guilty of praedial larceny and also increase the rate at which cases are disposed of.