Editorial

Silence will only embolden criminals

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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This country has been here many times before. Heartless scum who are poor excuses for human beings decide that they should kill people, particularly children, for whatever reason they see fit.

They have no regard for the sanctity of life, neither do they respect the rule of law. Quite frankly, they behave this way because people who live in their communities either fear or shield them.

It simply can't continue. We cannot allow these bloodthirsty merchants of death to maintain their hold on so many communities. For in doing so they are basically holding the country to ransom and smearing our image and reputation across the world.

This newspaper's appeal, therefore, is to the people of this country to fight back. Start with identifying the evil coward who pointed a gun through the bedroom window of 17-year-old Meadowbrook High School graduate Miss Mickolle Moulton, shot her dead, and injured her 12-year-old sister in the process.

Any resident of Arnett Gardens who knows who this beast of society is should have, by now, we hope, given that information to the police so that they can investigate, gather evidence, and arrest the fiend who will hopefully be taken before the courts quickly to face the full force of the law.

The residents are denying a claim that young Miss Moulton was killed because she refused the sexual advances of men in the community. We have no evidence to counter their claim. However, it matters not what drove this savage to pull the trigger. For, in the end, the life of a promising child — a fellow human being — has been snuffed out, leaving her parents, relatives, friends, and indeed all law-abiding Jamaicans to mourn.

Declaring that, “We want justice for the little girl” is not enough. The residents, if they are serious about building and maintaining a sound community, need to tell what they know.

We have long argued in this space that efforts to fight crime in this country can only be enhanced by the decision of people to share information with the authorities. While we accept that there exists a trust deficit between the police and some communities — and not without good reason — there are a number of avenues open to the populace to give information in confidence.

The sad reality of Jamaica is that there are many more cases like that of young Miss Moulton — cases that are languishing for a number of reasons, including the unwillingness of witnesses, or people with information, to speak.

We cannot choose to suppress information and then blame the justice system when perpetrators of crime are freed for lack of evidence. If we opt to continue along that path we are basically condemning Jamaica to a dark future in which the next time a criminal points a gun with intent to kill it could be at you or a member of your family.

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