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Letter of the Day | Crime is killing us

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2021 | 12:24 AM


I READ in utter disbelief a recent news report about a man found in a 55-foot pit, after he was abducted and his car was stolen. Fortunately, he was rescued and is now recovering from the ordeal.

We’ve heard reports of homeless persons being preyed upon on the streets, they are attacked, beaten and sometimes killed. There have been many cases of our girls and women being abducted, abused, and killed. We’ve seen a woman in a video being viciously attacked by a man with a stool. We are still reeling from the brutal murder of young Khanice Jackson, who made the mistake of taking a ride to work from someone she knew; sadly, she never made it to work, her decomposing body was later found in the bushes not far from where she lived.

A teacher’s body was also found in a shallow grave after she went missing for a week, her stolen car was spotted by police and one of the accused was killed. He was barely 20 years old. His brother, who is just three years older, was later arrested and charged with the crime. Another woman was shot and killed while worshipping in a church, reportedly over a family dispute about inheritance. Her stepson was arrested and charged along with two accomplices. These are young men in their 20s, one reportedly has six CSEC subjects, a diploma in computer studies and was gainfully employed by the Government. The ruthless shooting continues, at business places, in homes, in traffic, often in broad daylight. None of this makes any sense. What are we becoming? And where is the national crime plan? It can’t be business as usual the next day.

white-collar crimes

There are also white-collar crimes committed by high-profile individuals who think they can never get caught. The court case involving a bank manager with 30 years service, earning over J$11 million dollars per annum, is also puzzling. She pleaded guilty to defrauding the bank of $35 million, although the indictment found $J111 million in suspicious transactions linked to her. We have also seen prominent attorneys disbarred from their profession, in their fall from grace, due to fraud, greed and corrupt activities.

The amount of funds lost in the public sector, especially due to corruption, is astounding. We can only imagine how far Jamaica could be, in terms of development and progress, if we had less crime and corruption and greater emphasis on justice!