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Don't criminalise children — Senator Golding

Published:Monday | April 10, 2017 | 4:27 PM
Senator Golding argues that criminalising children at a certain age is not the way to go.

Opposition Spokesman on Justice Senator Mark Golding says he’s reluctant to support calls for a review of the age of criminal responsibility because of a most recent issue.

Debate on the issue re-emerged recently following the chopping death of a 14 year old teen by an 11 year old boy in Trelawny.

In Jamaica, the age of criminal responsibility is 12.

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte is among those who have expressed support for a review of the law.

While acknowledging that the act was a heinous one, Senator Golding said it is an arbitrary approach to use one incident to change the law.

He argues that criminalising children at a certain age is not the way to go.

 

Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Senator Mark Golding