I have always advocated that criminals should not get away with crime but be dealt with swiftly by the Courts. But then again, the police must have the necessary equipment to carry out effective investigations. And our judicial system must be up to a standard where the public will be satisfied and justice must be seen as being served swiftly, not with the long delays that we are plagued with in Saint Lucia.
I have heard disenchanted and disgruntled persons speaking out on the Court system and other agencies that are continuously failing them. This is in relation to criminals “getting away with murder” and other offences, as well as the length of time some prisoners spend on remand before having their cases heard.
There have also been instances where criminals have been charged for the capital offence of murder, but due to lack of forensics, they get away with it and continue to live their lives of criminality on the streets. While each man, or woman is innocent until proven guilty, I believe that a lot more can be done to bring complete closure to criminal cases.
Too often there are murder cases that just cannot be solved because of the lack of the science that is crucially needed to do so. In most instances the police have to depend on the public, more often than not for crucial information to solve those cases.
Case in point are a recently discovered decomposed body in one instance and a burnt one in another other; to identify these have been a monumental task for the police. Meanwhile their families await closure and the perpetrators are freely roaming the streets.
I will be emboldened to make a few recommendations that may cut down on the work of the crime scene investigators and by extension, the police:
1.The Forensic Lab at Tapion must have in place a comprehensive Data Bank to store fingerprints, DNA samples, dental x-rays and other assorted means to identify persons in all relevant cases.
2. That the Government enacts laws that will make it mandatory to extract all DNA samples from arrested persons, be it whether you are under suspicion, or in the process of being remanded.
3.That all inmates entering the Bordelais Correctional Facility, will by laws enacted, give DNA samples which would be mandatory.
After all that is done, those samples will be placed in that central Data Bank at the Forensic Lab for future reference. This I am sure will allow the police to have an easier task of carrying out effective investigations, which will be satisfactory to all parties.
And I am certain that no longer will those criminal elements get away with various offences. At the least it will make it more difficult for them to do so.