NYC president tells “gangsters”, youth to think before they act

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NYC president tells “gangsters”, youth to think before they act
Zane ‘Tibar’ Phillips and Laurie Phillips (face covered) appearing in court recently for a homicide.
Zane ‘Tibar’ Phillips and Laurie Phillips (face covered) appearing in court recently for a homicide.

A word of caution has been extended to gang members and youth in general in light of the recent spike in criminal gang activity on the island.

President of the National Youth Council (NYC) of Saint Lucia Timothy Ferdinand in an interview with Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) advised the youth to simply think before they act.

“We want to encourage young persons to be more careful in how they respond to their personal situations, whether at home, at school or at work. Just be more careful and think before acting. Think of all the options before acting,” he told SNO.

Ferdinand believes that the country is at a place where crime needs to be tackled from its source.

Unemployment and a lack of conflict resolution skills among young people are two of these sources, he opined.

He noted however, that shortcomings in the island’s justice system are also making matters worse.

Ferdinand wants there to be a quicker response time between the detection of crime and the actual solving and or prosecution of crimes.

He believes that the current backlog of cases which exists in the court system pose a disadvantage to those awaiting justice – both for those who remain on remand for long periods of time awaiting trial and for the victims of crime and their families.

“An absence of an effective justice system is at the core of what we are experiencing right now and also the fact that we are reacting to the environment that we are living right now…” he said.

He said that the NYC is in support of calls for another resident judge and that the NYC will rally for any actions or initiatives that will reduce the time frame in which justice is carried out in the country.

“We support the move for resourcing in the courts to ensure that they have what they need to function. We know it’s expensive. The expense is a deterrent at this time however it is an investment in the peace and security of the citizens. If you have a peaceful society and persons have confident in the justice system then persons will react in the right manner towards conflict. When you have persons who don’t have confident in the courts and in the police then they would resort to their own actions,” he said.

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    • people only laugh when the persons behind bars are not one of their family members. when it hits home that's when they really start to understand.

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  1. I agree with Anonymous however I suspect that reporter just peg by Ferdinand for the past few days waiting for statements. Your horns are showing Ferdinand.......MEAL TICKET ANYONE? Timothy Ferdinand reads the opinion of other more influential people and simply regurgitates it in an attempt to prove himself versed regarding this issues and smart.

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  2. I agree with anonymous Cuz there r actually innocent ppl in jail.....Zoezee wait til u hv sum1 behind bars den u c Hw it feels wen das judge goes on vacation.....lucia justice system sucks no matter Hw u luk at it

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  3. i totally agree, when you tell me that high court bail applications are only read on fridays and now three fridays in a row none have been read. Thats wrong and now only to find out that the high court judge went on vacation for seven weeks. where is the justice after all. i thought it was innocent until proven guilty, but here in st lucia it is guilty until proven innocent. so someone might as well be innocent and is perishing in prison just because we have one high court judge. This is not suppose to be.

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