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Try cases before ‘guns can cool’


Heather-Lynn Evanson

Try cases before ‘guns can cool’

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High Court judge Justice Carlisle Greaves says there is a simple way to halt the upsurge in gun violence plaguing the island.

All that needs to be done, he said, is to cut the time between charging an individual for a gun-related crime and concluding the trial.

“It cannot be enough just to charge a man before a Magistrates’ Court and do nothing more. The case is not solved when a man appears before the Magistrates’ Court on a serious charge.

“It is solved when he gets a verdict after a trial, either if he pleads guilty or a jury says guilty or not guilty. That is when it is solved,” said Justice Greaves, who admitted he was frustrated with the situation.

“So the police have to produce the files quickly, and I guarantee you that if we get those things happening and we can try men quickly before the guns can cool off, the shootings we see across this country are going to substantially and significantly reduce.” (HLE)

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