Thursday, December 2, 2010

COMMENTARY: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

How many more people need to die senselessly, before drastic actions are taken to remedy the unacceptable conditions that the population has to survive under these days? I say survive, because Belizeans are becoming casualties of an undeclared war against the populace. It has become like a western town without a sheriff, it is becoming Somalia, where warlords are in charge of their own territories, and mete out justice the way they see fit. Today I read about a double murder, which included one of my schoolmates' son and a security guard, and for what? For being in the wrong place at the wrong time!

When did we as a people lose our humanity? In a day or two this too will be forgotten, and we will be discussing the next atrocity. It is so sad to see that we are inoculating ourselves against all the cruelty and inhumane behavior that surrounds us, and just go on like zombies.

In San Pedro, the centre of our tourist industry, there were three murders in one month. Maybe it will take the loss of one of our biggest sources of income, to start trying to correct this malaise which perverts and stagnates everything that is good, and decent, and worthwhile. The creeps that are perpetrating these crimes know that they will either get off scot free, through intimidation, or judicial incompetence, or will serve one third of their sentence in the luxury of a prison system that makes life easy for them. I saw some smiling rapist on the news today that totally abused his victim, but because she is afraid of repercussions will not testify. There are instances of this happening repeatedly, and some of these criminals are even being lionized. It is a disgrace!!!

Everybody has an answer as to how we stop the madness, from the return to the death penalty, to the Brazilian system of justice, where the cops just execute the scum and no one cares. I believe that the GOB has to figure out a way to curtail the violence, and make it unprofitable to commit these heinous crimes. No society can continue to be normal under such abnormal circumstances.

I will repeat what I wrote a couple of weeks ago, that there has to be wholesale changes in those departments that are responsible for the safety of our children and our borders. Not cosmetic changes, but action that will make the citizens feel protected, and have confidence in the knowledge that if you commit the crime, you will do the time. That Belize is not a fiefdom, that the law applies to all.

Lastly, if I hear or see one more time in the press that 3 dark skinned men did this or that, I am going to throw up. WHO THE HELL CARES WHAT COLOR THEY ARE? They are criminals and come in all shapes and sizes and colors, enough already!! 

Commentary By pele


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Ervin Reneau, 40, today appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where he was formally arraigned for Tuesday night’s double murder at the Texaco gas station on the Northern Highway. Reneau who is the son of former mayoral candidate for the People’s U...nited Party Cecil “Chubby” Reneau was charged for nine offences. They include two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, harm and keeping a firearm without a gun licence. Chief Magistrate Margaret McKenzie explained to him that she will not take a plea because the offences are indictable. She also explained to him that the court cannot offer him bail because of the nature of the offences. She remanded him into custody until February fourth of next year. Reneau was charged with the murders of security guard forty two year old Edgar Ayala and thirty eight year old David Longsworth, a barbeque salesman which occurred on Tuesday night. Reneau was charged with the attempted murder of Longsworth’s wife, Ursula, Esram Bennett, William Henry and Antonia Vellos. The police reported that when they apprehended Reneau on Wednesday in Roaring Creek Village that he had a nine millimetre pistol in his possession for which he could not produce a licence. 

By Patrick E. Jones

Video by Patrick E. Jones of Love TV-Belize

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

So darn true and I say AMEN to that. We need justice and fast. Someone needs to be made an example of, Belize is to small and precious for this to be OK!

Pamela Knox Sedacy said...

Its so sad & frustrating. Since I've become a mom, I'm seriously thinking of leaving Belize because of all the violent crimes going on. Its scary!!

I felt safer walking home from the subway at 4am in the South Bronx than I do going to Belize City during the day.

Winfield Tillett said...

I spoke to my old friend the late Chief Justice, George Brown, some years ago, and he was so convinced that the answer is in community involvement; as is now going on in the Belize Rural North Division with Elston Wade and all those positive community leaders that are not being promoted by the local media.

Yvette Adolphus Quiros said...

I am scared to death of all these crimes that is now happening in Belize.

Sometimes I feel like the government is not doing enough to help innocent people that walked the streets of Belize City trying to make a life for their
family.

Government of Belize, I ask of you to stop these senseless crimes and try a new method; bring an end to these crimes in our country that's happen today.

I have a house I'm trying to finish in Belize, but how can I go home with my family in such a situation!!!

Terry said...

Belize City is being terrorized and tortured!!

Where is the PM? Send out the army to patrol the streets, or enact Marshall Law, for God's sake. Something has got to be done, but as usual it will only be done when it hits your family.

Sick and tired of being a prisoner in my house!!!!

Josephine Smith-andrewin said...

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK PELE FOR COMING OUT AND STATING IN WRITING WHAT MOST BELIZEANS HAVE BEEN THINKING, BUT DID NOT WANT TO SAY OUT LOUD.

ON A RECENT VISIT TO BELIZE, I SAW HOW INTIMIDATED PEOPLE WERE. ONE OF MY RELATIVES PAID A GUY FOR WO...RK HE DID NOT COMPLETE BECAUSE SHE WAS AFRAID FOR HER LIFE. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS, MAYBE WE SHOULD FLOOD THE NEWSPAPERS AND CALL IN TO THE TV STATIONS TO VOICE OUR CONCERN. IT IS A SHAME THAT OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY HAS BECOME A PLACE TO FEAR. WE NEED TO TRY TO THINK OF SOLUTIONS AND PRESENT THEM TO THE GOVERNMENT. WE ALL HAVE LOVED ONES BACK HOME AND WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE SAFE.

WE WHO LEFT BELIZE WITH THE HOPE OF RETURNING SOMEDAY, HAVE TO THINK OF OTHER OPTIONS NOW. HOW CAN WE TAKE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO LEARN ABOUT OUR ROOTS?

Geraldine Bailey said...

In 2008 I walked off the plane at the Airport in Belize and told my driver to take me directly to Lemonal. " Lemonal" he said, "Who wants to go to Lemonal, that place is a muddy mess!. Of course, just then my ride came and I left the cabbie... and started my trip to the Village of Lemonal. The rains were coming down in buckets but behind the home next to the Burial grounds, accross the way, were a couple of tents, small tents which were occupied by young males who were sent back to Belize from the US because of crimes which they were guilty of. I was told that this was going on all over the Villages. These are young people who cannot return to the US and must find a home living the lifestyle of crimes and punishment to whomever get in their way. So, most people just leave them alone and let them be who they are....Eventually these children who could have been Committed Husbands and father of some wonderful family are now thrown away like they were all of their lives, by families who did not want them or who did not try hard enough to make them more respectable and loved citizens. What a terrible waste of humanity because we did not put our children first.... God have mercy on all of us.

We can still take our children home but just tell them the truth. Belize WAS a place of refuge at one time but things are hard all over the world and people are living in FEAR because all of a sudden the folks who have a an education, job, ...home and family and heaven forbid a few dollars, now they are the enemies. We have to start over and get to know our family. Children are people too and they have learned from their best teachers, US. We must start to put our children First and tell them that they are the most precious gift that God has ever given us, that is how we start to tell them the truth. They will know when WE are telling them lies because that is when they will join the Gangs and look up to other people other than their parents for advise and caring. Drop everything and listen to YOUR kids, they are screaming at you, SILENTLY. LISTEN!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Damn Pele. You are getting good at letting us know what's behind the news that we read about My Belize. Please continue the good work so that we may be able to some day go back home and not worry about taking a stroll in our streets as we did when
we were teenagers.