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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. (iWN file photo)

While some Vincentians have noted that killing sprees also occur in other parts of the world, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says they should not occur in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Gonsalves comments came weeks after the deaths of four persons on the night of Nov. 13, reportedly killed by 18-year-old Sandy Bay resident, Jurani Baptiste, who has a history of mental illness.

The Prime Minister, who is also a lawyer, told the media that he could not comment on the incident because the judicial system will have to take its course.

“But, obviously, there are issues which involve mental health, community activity, parenting, policing, the judicial system. Was the ball dropped by one or more persons along the way and there is an analysis being done in that regard from a policy standpoint,” he said.

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The prime minister said that persons tell him that in the United States, Canada, France, and other places people go about on these killing sprees.

“I say, yes, that’s true but it is not supposed to happen here and we don’t want it is to happen here and that is why we have to analyse it in great detail and learn where we have had– where any person or persons dropped the ball.

“Now, there is always a scope for blame, throwing of blame — one side says it’s that person another side says it’s that person; this system failed, that system failed. I don’t have that luxury of finger-pointing like that. I have to be very dispassionate in the analysis and get all the information,” said Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security.

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5 replies on “Killing sprees should not occur in St. Vincent — PM”

  1. Ralph believes he can make an announcement and everything will change for the better. Instead, why doesn’t he enact legislation that will make life better for the people of SVG instead of just enacting legislation to make things better for him and his buddies. I am not talking about poor relief. Why doesn’t he create conditions where the private sector can create jobs where people can have a sense of pride taking care of themselves instead of getting “free” things from the government. He is really messed-up in economics. Things will only get worse in SVG when he continues his “Spend, Borrow, and Tax” economics instead of creating opportunity. Unemployment and hopelessness is a major cause of mental illness. This young man may have started taking drugs so he can “feel good” instead of desperate. So many problems in SVG can be solved by creating opportunity for the people instead of debt and hopelessness.

  2. Any rational person knows Glen Jackson was killed in the back seat of his car during a lover’s quarrel with the signed confession (which was printed in the newspapers and which was very graphic and convincing because it described the sexual acts in detail which lead to the fight over Glen’s gun in the back seat by the two naked men when Glen’s boyfriend said he wasn’t in the mood to be penetrated after Glen had finished felating him) of the man charged thrown out because of yet another example of police incompetence in securing it.

    You conspiracy theorists need to give your heads a shake.

    1. Show us where that is written show us the evidence.

      It was Ralph Gonsalves who said Glen Jackson was assassinated. He was in Malasia at the time and telephoned a radio station and said it was assassination.

      David you must stop making unsubstantiated statements its beginning to make you look an even bigger fool than you are if that is possible.

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