THE EDITOR, Sir:
This is an open letter to the minister of national security, Peter Bunting.
The senior citizens of Stadium Gardens are expressing grave concern over the perceived escalation of crime, especially murder and robbery, which seem to be directed against women, children and senior citizens all over Jamaica.
The daily record of these crimes in the press and electronic media serves to generate fear and consternation among our senior citizens, as no one knows who will be the next victim. As a result, they are expressing concern about the Government's ability to properly address the matter and protect them.
The seniors believe that the re-enacting of capital punishment for murder will serve as a deterrent because perpetrators will think twice if they know that they will be executed when caught.
It is also thought that jungle justice is a result of people's distrust of the Government's ability to seriously deal with these matters, hence they attempt to carry out their version of justice and punishment.
We do not support such actions, but we think that the processes of apprehension, trial and punishment take far too long. Justice delayed is justice denied.
Mr Minister, what we are seeking is the ASSURANCE that we can be protected and that serious crimes can and will be controlled by the legitimate authority.
RONALD R. FAGAN
President, Stadium Gardens