Submitted by RUSERIOUS
What’s up my fellow bloggers, just thought I’d stop by with a small bit of information you thought you knew. 🙂 Do you really want to know the sad, pathetic state of the judiciary and our laws? Here’s how it goes. Our young friends who are snatching your phones, your jewellery and your handbags from your cars, as you drive in traffic, walk in Bridgetown or even just go for a stroll down your gap do not fear the law, capture or the Police.
Why you ask? Aren’t they going to go to jail? Well yes and no. You see the act of snatching your property from you is a minor offence under the Theft Act. No jail time. Then there is the youthful offender who is sorry, and the bleeding heart judiciary who gives him a chance to commit more crime. Meanwhile poor grandpa and some women (the main targets) suffer at the hands of these thieves.
Moving right along, there are the ever increasing robberies, which are just as frequent as snatching, where your suddenly attacked and before you can hit the ground you are overwhelmed and your property taken. Now the even more sinister part. Some youngsters are appearing before the court with about 5-10 charges of robbery and theft. But instead of pleading not guilty they plead guilty. Why you ask? Well here is why they learned to stop worrying and love the court.
If you plead guilty you get two years maximum to run concurrent on all your charges. If you plead not guilty, you will more than likely get remanded awaiting trial. Since not all of your matters can be heard at once, they will be heard separately, and depending on bail and what’s not, it could be many many years before you have all disposed of, while you wait behind bars. So let’s see, minimal chance of being caught – check, when caught – chance to get off with a chance – check, when caught chance to get off with two years only for multiple offences concurrently – check. Lucrative loot – check.
So the plan? Snatch/rob/steal as much as you can, because if you get caught (small chance) more than likely you’ll be back doing your favourite hobby in no time.
Then comes the burglars, again many young men involved. The same rule applies here. Commit numerous amounts of burglaries over a period of years. By some unlucky stroke get caught and admit to 50 burglaries. Plead guilty to all, get two years maximum in prison on all charges concurrently, rinse and repeat. When you do the maths you discover why then we have over 2000 residential and commercial property burglaries/years. When the Police lock up one half, the other half is our doing damage, when they lock them up, the locked up half is ready to roll. Lose Lose for the public.
What can be done? Well what is usually done when we have serious crime plaguing the country, enact laws to deter it and show people you mean business.
This was done with firearms. Now yes we still have a problem with firearms, but they are hot potatoes. No one wants to be caught with one, and it is likely you could receive a hefty jail time if caught with one. Enact legislation to give Magistrates the power to sentence consecutive on each charge. Give magistrates’ the power to sentence to a maximum of 10 years for robbery and burglary. Last but not least: Enforce that legislation against offenders. Make the crime not worth the time.
What is even more disturbing is that a number of the robberies are committed with firearms, however because no firearm is found in possession of the robber at the time of their subsequent arrest, no firearm charge can be applied. So a gun toting robber who commits hundreds of robberies, still gets his two years under the theft act.
If you think it’s bad now, just wait. A word of advice to plantation owners or dwellers/remote housing dwellers/ persons who live in remote locations, beef up your security. You are being targeted. Didn’t the Police just finish solving the Chadderton murder, and stop one set of home invasions? Now we’re right back there again.
We can’t be serious.