Chang Satisfied with Privy Council Decision on Trinidad Death Sentence

CHANG… to get a killer out of the street, you have to catch him with his gun

GLENDEVON, St James — National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has spoken out on a recent UK Privy Council ruling that the mandatory death penalty in Trinidad and Tobago is not unconstitutional . He said he was satisfied with the decision.

The constitutionality of Trinidad’s automatic death sentences imposed on anyone convicted of murder has been challenged by prisoner Jay Chandler.

As Jamaica has apparently abolished the death penalty, a penalty that Jamaicans are calling for back, Dr Chang told reporters – following his donation of 50 tablets to Glendevon Primary and Infant School in St James on Tuesday – that compulsory life for the use of firearms is what Jamaica is currently considering.

“You know, I am satisfied that the Privy Council has ruled in a way that I am satisfied with, but, in fact, the legislation we are discussing now is compulsory life for the use of firearms,” ​​said Dr. Chang in response to questions from Jamaica Observer.

The minister underlined that “the death penalty is always debatable. Some of us support it in circumstances where they are found guilty of causing the death of another citizen. There are others who think differently because the death penalty is an end,” the minister said.

Jamaica is pushing for life imprisonment to be mandatory for the use of firearms.

“When you take a great man who sees himself as a gift, you put him in court, before a jury that you tried and find him guilty and lock him up, it diminishes his stature in the community. It sends a signal that we are in control and I think that’s a very important message to the wider community. Finding him and killing him, whether extrajudicially or judicially, has a purpose for the next one who says okay, I take my risk and I continue. But shaming them like that in a dramatic way by putting them to life (in prison) by embarrassing them and belittling them and diminishing them, I think that’s a very important element in keeping those who might seek to use the gun away as a source of employment,” added Dr. Chang.

The Minister argued that catching a gunman killing is slim and therefore “to get a killer off the street you have to catch him with his gun, and therefore talk about inflicting him the kind of sentence he was receiving at one time”. stage – three years here, a year and a half and they’re out in 24 months – they come out more seasoned with a bigger gang to kill more people in a very short time.

The minister said that the solution to the problem is twofold.

“We discussed the one on social investment but right now we need to apprehend the killers and when we apprehend them and they’re found guilty they need to be locked up for a long time so they can’t come back and recycle and donate police issues,” Dr. Chang said.

Dr Chang, who said there are several mandatory sentencing laws, said there was nothing inherently wrong or unconstitutional about setting sentencing guidelines.

In fact, the Minister of Security revealed that he had always been told by senior jurists that he was a legislator and that his responsibility was to provide legislation with the necessary guidelines and indicators so that the court can carry out the sentence.

Dr. Chang pointed to the Human Trafficking Amendment Act and several other pieces of legislation that established minimum levels of sentencing.

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