Durant warns of hitmen

Government Senator David Durant has made an impassioned appeal to the young people of Barbados to put away the guns and stop abusing illicit drugs.

Durant, Senior Pastor at the Restoration Ministries in Bonnetts Avenue, Gunsite Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael, suggested that too many young people were dying from drug-related gun violence.

During his contribution to the debate on the Magistrate’s Court (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Senate, Durant contended that the anti-social behaviour arising from gun related crime and abuse of illicit drugs by today’s youth contributed to the high number of criminal cases reaching the court system.

“I want to make a very passionate plea to our young people today to put down the guns and the drugs because they are not helping you. I can speak this way because I go among some of them on the blocks and if they are hearing my voice now they know that what I am saying is true. I talk with them; I stand in the midst of them; I am not ashamed of that because I love them and I want to see them change. The guns and the drugs are not helping you and then I do not know who I will hear about tomorrow being carried away in a casket to the cemetery,” he said.

Durant spoke of cases where young men are given guns, photographs of a victim and between $1, 000 and $1, 500 by leaders on the block, and sent to murder competitors in the drug trade.

And he expressed concern that too many of those who managed to escape death ended up at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds in handcuffs and shackles.

“Those two are connected. The first of course is the ultimate death – being carried away in a casket – or they end up in prison. They are then on remand for years with their cases not being tried. Sometimes the particular crimes they may be charged with, they are on remand longer than the particular sentence that they should be serving. It is a quagmire.”

At the same time, the Government senator advised the youth to engage in deep introspection and to take another look at the institution of the family, while he called on the senior members of households to pass on good values to the younger generation.

“We want the level of crime reduced; we want the young people to put down the guns; we want them to get away from the drugs instead of getting up in the morning from breakfast to dinner smoking a spliff with eyes red and running water and feeling blown out and in another world. That is not life. That is a miserable situation,” Durant said.

The pastor added that too many young people were “hurting and angry and bitter” because the families, many without father figures, were dysfunctional and in shambles.

3 Responses to Durant warns of hitmen

  1. Smiley July 28, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Talk Talk Talk ! I hope you realise that the people with the most guns and drugs are not poor people.The corruption in the country don’t start on the block .where are the hit men ? If you know tell the police .

  2. jrsmith July 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Politicians , politicians, its best they say nothing because when they do it sounds so deceitful.. How could a (Senator ) make a statement as this, ( young bajan men is given a gun, a photograph of a victim and $1000 to $1500 and sent off to murder competitors in the drug trade…

    What seems to be so damming gun shootings and deaths, seems to be only black on black and the faces who are under locked down at (DODDS) speaks for itself.. who is to be blame. Lots of people as parents is enjoying the good life from the drug business in Barbados, lots of other people is above the law and is protected.

    Now where is our (Attorney General ),where is the (Chief of Police) and where is our (Priminister) these are the people who our nation is looking to for the security which keeps us all safe. this is damming information from one of our political trustees.

  3. BoboTheClown July 28, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Police know many of “the Lords of the Jungles “in Barbados but the laws, plus corruption at the highest levels prevent them from enforcing them. Imagine hearing that a Police Sargent on hearing about a certain dude committing a drug related offense saying to the Police that was trying to make an arrest, Don’t worry about him ,he is an okay fellow. When you hear talk of that nature coming from a Policeman ,who also stated that he cannot do the Job that he was hired to do because of inside interference you know that we the people are at the mercies of the criminals because they have nothing to fear.
    We have a corrupt bunch from top to bottom, who protect each other while filling their coffers.


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