St Lucia to resume hangings as a deterrent to rising murder rates
By Oscar Ramjeet
Caribbean Net News Special Correspondent
CASTRIES, St Lucia: St Lucia’s government says it hopes to resume hangings as a deterrent to rising murder rates.
St Lucia Prime Minister Stephenson King
According to the Barbados Nation newspaper, Prime Minister Stephenson King said on Wednesday that the island needed to deal swiftly with those who had exhausted their appeals.
He did not give specific proposals, but his national security minister said last week that cases should he heard more quickly and judges should set execution dates.
According to a Privy Council ruling, St Lucia law limits time on death row to five years. Convicts whose appeals last longer are given life sentences.
St Lucia reported 38 killings last year, 13 more than in 2007 and its last hanging was in 1995.
St Kitts carried out an execution last month — the first in ten years — and Jamaica by a wide majority passed a motion a few weeks ago to retain the death penalty because of the increase in homicides.