“Crime Has Been Reduced this Year”. I may have misheard the Chief Minister’s Christmas message on the radio the other day. I thought I heard him congratulating us on a reducing crime rate. Crime rate down? I wondered which crime rate he was thinking of. When we compare murders in 2006 with the previous year 2005, we are looking at an increase from zero to ten. The facts are:
Zero, zilch, no murders.
Ten murders. They have all been widely reported in both the local and regional press. So, he has no excuse for not knowing about them. It is painful to recap these stories, particularly for the distressed families. But, my principal concern is for those young men whose deaths in 2007 we might be able to prevent if we take the firm and dramatic action that is necessary. It is my thesis that papering over the fissures in our social fabric for the sake of feel-good tourism promotion will in the long run do more harm than good. Those murdered in Anguilla, or in relation to their activities in Anguilla, in this year 2006 were:
2. Kwahmi Brooks stabbed to death allegedly as a “loyalty” test by St Kitts-based cocaine suppliers to a young recruit in
3. Shane Fraites (22) allegedly clubbed to death at West end. Three juveniles charged with his murder. The story was carried in “The Anguilla Guide” here. It was also in “The Anguillian Newspaper” here.
4. Louvan Webster Jr (22) missing on a trip from
6. James Wilkinson shot to death in St Kitts after being deported from
7. Deon Warner (25) of
8. Jeffrey Herbert (33) allegedly executed by his gang boss in St Kitts after being deported from
9. Steven Bryan killed in prison where he was on remand awaiting trial for the 2003 murder of schoolgirl Jamida Webster, whose brutally butchered body had been left draped in a tree in what looks suspiciously like a typical Columbian-style punishment killing. See the story in the Anguillian Newspaper here
10. Clifford Christie (19) stabbed to death in a senseless incident at a cricket match at the Webster Park in November. The story was carried by The Anguillian Newspaper here.
And these are just the murders! They do not include the innumerable burglaries, robberies, shootings, knifings, and rapes, not to mention the related child abuse and spousal abuse cases flowing in an ever-widening stream from