Time for the death penalty
THE EDITOR, Sir:
THE CALL for the abolishment of capital punishment has been going on for a very long time now. While it is unfortunate that the police in question forged the letter in an attempt to convict Mr Calvert, the case still highlights a clear demand for the continuation of the death penalty. The death penalty is never sought for just any crime, but is reserved for the most heinous ones.
In our society, like many around the world, there will always be those individuals who will let their emotions rule their judgement. In the Calvert case, the police may have the best intentions based on his belief and knowledge of Mr Calvert, but to carry out an illegal act to convict an accused, makes him as bad as the convict.
Mr Gordon suggests we should also be guided by the experience in the United States, where many persons who were on death row have been released from prison after DNA evidence proved that they were wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. I believe because of technological advancements we are better able to provide proof to convict or exonerate persons from wrongful convictions.
Whenever the dons are brought to justice and are expected to get the same treatment that they have poured out to others they cry the loudest for leniency. What about the families, whose loved ones were taken away? Are you telling them to let it be, to just accept what happened and move on? Families cry to the court system for help in coming to terms with these heinous acts.
I believe our judicial system needs to be more aggressive in pursuit of the death penalty. If we commute these sentences to prison terms, some of these thugs will be back on the road to ply their trade all over again. Then witnesses and families would be in danger yet again.