Lashley says, Govt is not going soft on criminals

Amendments being proposed to the Offences Against the Person Act should not be seen as Government “going soft” on criminals.

MP for St Philip North Michael Lashley made that assertion as he contributed to debate on the Offences Against the Person (Amendment) Bill, 2014 that would abolish the mandatory imposition of the penalty of death for murder.

MP for St Philip North Michael Lashley
MP for St Philip North Michael Lashley

“We are not getting soft on criminals. It is not that. The judge still has the power to sentence someone to death. That is the law and we have not changed it,” he said.

“We have travelled thus far and we have recognized that this matter should be looked at in terms of improvement to a criminal justice system.”

Lashley, who is an attorney-at-law, cited a report done by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that identified the excessive delays in the criminal justice system in Barbados.

“The delays in the criminal justice system have infringed the rights of individuals to a fair trial. I am aware that there are persons who would want to put a spin on the amendments to state that the Government is going soft on criminals,” Lashley.

However, he stressed, the amendment to the Act lays down the circumstances under which the court can sentence a person convicted of murder to death.

The Government MP also noted that there were cases where individuals were charged with murder and when it came before the court he was charged with a lesser offence.

He said the amendment bill outlined a number of matters that judges would take into consideration in determining how to sentence a murder convict.

“If the murder was committed with a high level of brutality, cruelty or callousness or if it was calculated or planned can influence a judge in sentencing an individual,” Lashley pointed out.

6 Responses to Lashley says, Govt is not going soft on criminals

  1. Princess Jan
    Princess Jan January 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Lips seal cause u shunt even talk….smfh

  2. Princess Jan
    Princess Jan January 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

    So true

  3. Sonja Eastmond
    Sonja Eastmond January 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Wow I int saying nuttin cause I int want to hear a knock pun my door but ya know the old saying the kettle calling the pot black help me what it mean lol lol

  4. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade January 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Mr Lashley if you had lost someone to murder would you vote for this? He’ll know before you all do what is right. .. I lost my mother to murder and [the perpetrator claimed] he was sick. .. My husband’s cousin was murdered and the man was her gardener. He see her with $100, went back and break her neck and push her under the bed. All he [got] was 10 years. Tell me is that right? My god is looking, sir.

  5. Jai Prescott
    Jai Prescott January 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    If Government is not going soft on criminals why don’t they start to clean from the inside? Clean up all those public servants who are daily robbing the revenue. Packing their cars everyday with whatever stock arrives to do the government’s work in the housing units. Is nobody watching?? Small staff have to stand by as supervisors bag off sand and stone and pack their car trunks daily. The paint by the gallons, the cement by the bags. Who is guarding these crooks?? And Lashley says Government is not going soft! Maybe Government needs to open its eyes!!! Too much steal in dey!!

  6. Tammy Vanita Harte
    Tammy Vanita Harte January 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm



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