Members of the Vincentian public who wish to dispense justice “ Vigilante Style”, has been warned by the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force to desist from such practice.
In a press conference held on Tuesday 22nd May, Frankie Joseph Deputy Commissioner of Police stated that such form of justice is for societies that are lawless, he emphasized that SVG Police Force is in no way shape or form supporting such acts.
Verifying or challenging the innocence of any person does not lie with any community, it must be determined in a court of law, Joseph said.
“whenever someone commits a crime, he/she is by law innocent until proven guilty”.
“Because in investigating one offence we do not want that we have to investigate a fatal offence and having that first offence unsolved, because we are the only investigative in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and we are responsible for investigating every single offence.”
He says while the Police Force is thankful for the working relationship it has with individuals of the public, the Police is cautioning persons not to take matters into their own hands whenever they are aware that a person commits an offence.
last week a man who was reported to be wanted in connection sexual assault of a minor was dealt blows by individuals in the community of Petit Bordel.
The suspect is being treated at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and will be charged upon release from the hospital according to the police.