BAHAMAS – Murders up 25 per cent
NASSAU –– With three months remaining in the year, murders are up 25 per cent over last year.
There have been 110 murders for the year, compared to the 88 recorded this same time last year.
There were two murders over the weekend.
Since Friday, September 11, the country has recorded nine murders.
Two men were killed in separate attacks over the weekend; one on Eneas Street yesterday and the other on Madeira Street on Saturday.
On Friday, a man was shot in the head and killed, reportedly after he got into an altercation with another man at the luxury Palm Cay community off Yamacraw Road.
The spree of killings has deepened concerns surrounding the rate of violent crime in the country.
The country appears on pace to exceed last year’s murder count of 123.
On the current path, the country would set a new murder record.
The Bahamas recorded a record 127 murders in 2011 under the Ingraham administration.
In 2011, there were 102 murders up to this point.
Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade tweeted last week that he wanted stricter gun laws in The Bahamas.
Free National Movement deputy leader Peter Turnquest raised this in Parliament last Wednesday.
Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said the government was tirelessly working on the fight against crime, which he called a complex issue.
He suggested no one thanked the government when the country didn’t have murders.
In response to Turnquest, Nottage said the government could bring the toughest legislation to fight crime, but if it was not enforced, there was nothing it could do.
He added that politicians did not enforce laws.
But Nottage said he would soon bring legislation to the House with new measures to assist in the fight against crime.
Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner said it was ludicrous of Nottage to suggest that the government be commended on days when there were no murders.
She said Nottage and the Christie administration were an “abysmal failure” on crime.
In July, Nottage revealed that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) had approved a $20 million loan to the Bahamas government to help fund the crime fight.
However, he has yet to detail how the government will spend the money despite promising to do so in July.
Nottage said access to the money was the “most important event” in the crime fight in recent times.
He acknowledged that the fear of crime was high in many communities.
He said the funding would help the government reduce crime and the fear of crime.