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‘Bring back death penalty’- E. G. Maduro

-said he strongly believes capital punishment will stop the crime in the Territory
Mr Edmund G. Maduro, a talk show host and public activist, has expressed that the rise in crime is the one thing that grieves him the most and he firmly believes that capital punishment should be enforced. Photo: Internet Source
According to Mr Edmund G. Maduro, the only way the Territory will get a handle on crime and regain its stability is by enforcing capital punishment. Photo: VINO/File
According to Mr Edmund G. Maduro, the only way the Territory will get a handle on crime and regain its stability is by enforcing capital punishment. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Recently there has been a series of fatal shootings and armed robberies in the Territory with hardly anyone being brought to justice.

Since the year 2000, there has been more than 28 unsolved murders in the Virgin Islands. Additionally, in 2017, there have been seven murders within six months, with the latest being on June 21, 2017 when David Springette aka Mooney was gunned down in Long Look, a hot spot for gun crime, on the eastern side of Tortola.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with our news reporter, Mr Edmund G. Maduro, a talk show host and public activist, expressed that the rise in crime is the one thing that grieves him the most and he firmly believes that capital punishment should be enforced.

“While I am cautious, I’m going to say, I believe that the capital punishment should be put back in place. I go back to the good book as a Christian where it says, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. If I kill you I should not expect to continue to live,” remarked Mr Maduro.

Mr Maduro explained that the idea for capital punishment came from the Christian law, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. He also stated that the only reason for someone to take another person’s life would be mental illness.

“I’m totally behind what I am saying. We need to bring back capital punishment. How you could take my life and then just going sit down in a prison and then everybody in the community will feed you until you are dead,” Mr Maduro remarked.

No respect for the law

The talk show host noted that in recent times, people have no respect for the law and they go about doing whatever they want.

He further stated that he believes the only way the Territory will regain its stability is by enforcing capital punishment.

“I remember when I was a young boy in the early 1920s or 30s, a man killed a man and he was hung. As a result, we never had another murder until 30 plus years after that. This is why I’m strongly recommending that capital punishment goes back in place. I don’t care what Britain says. I don’t care what United States says. I don’t care what Russia says. It’s a part of my Christian belief faith.”

Mr Maduro, a former Chief Immigration Officer, pointed out that the way that the community raises a child will help in controlling the murders that are being committed.

“It takes a village to raise a child. So it takes all of us to encourage our youths not to kill and murder and create crime. Every BVIslander, every citizen, has a right and an obligation to assist the police in bringing about justice in these cases.”

According Mr Maduro, if anyone fails to assist the police he or she is in fact breaking the law.

The death penalty was abolished for murder in 1991 (controversially), and was subsequently also removed for the last remaining offences (piracy and treason) in 2001.

One of the most famous cases of the death penalty being applied in the Virgin Islands was in the trial and execution of Arthur William Hodge for the murder of a slave; the only time a British subject was ever executed for killing a slave.

32 Responses to “‘Bring back death penalty’- E. G. Maduro”

  • Real Talk (22/06/2017, 07:41) Like (6) Dislike (18) Reply
    Try hush death penalty won't stop it it will rise criminlas will now be more vegilant and mask out properly .togetherness will stop the crime only that can work
  • NICK (22/06/2017, 08:02) Like (4) Dislike (18) Reply
    pure will not change anything.
  • Tolian (22/06/2017, 08:16) Like (4) Dislike (24) Reply
    When they bring it back, you should be the first they execute!
  • l (22/06/2017, 08:25) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    I agree with Mr Maduro, but it is easier said.
  • Tax Payer (22/06/2017, 08:27) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    And that's all they the would be criminals need to hear, that the people are physiological defeated and think that there is no hope. That The law is toothless and unwilling to try something new, or unpopular. so we have won no one can stop us now. when in fact the longer we the people wait the harder it becomes. the time is now for all of us to awake from this comatose sleep and take back our society.
    • Yep (22/06/2017, 08:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Truth be told...
    • dog (22/06/2017, 09:36) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Part of the problem is that people are not being part of the solution. Many people know who these criminals are and
      are afraid to whistle blow. The community has to step up too. It's not all just law enforcement.
  • Eagle Eye (22/06/2017, 08:33) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
    Mr Maduro the quicker you realize that good book you spoke about is just literature stories that have people in mental chains while the slave masters rob the resources of the earth will be better for you. It's all fake
    • @ eagle eye (22/06/2017, 08:50) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      All the earth's resources that man acquires will end in death and thereafter hopefully a meeting granting eternal life with the King of Kings.
    • @eagleeye (22/06/2017, 09:35) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound so hopeless. Did you not read that chain and slave story in a book? So why are you mad at another person who read and believed? Everyone has a right to believe what they want.
  • ..... (22/06/2017, 08:37) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    We will hang he first
  • Speak! (22/06/2017, 08:53) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
  • enough (22/06/2017, 09:11) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need CCTV eyes all over the British Virgin Islands
  • belonger (22/06/2017, 09:14) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Edmund in these neck of the Woods, the hangman is dead. U is a man love the Constitution it says everyman have the right to life, that also include an accused or convicted murder, he is no longer a condemn prisoner. U cant take what U want out of Constitution and throw away the rest. u have to accept what it says entirely. The Only how the death penalty can return is the VI decides to go independent and that will be a challenge, Britain will like us go if they know for sure that is one of things we planned to do. They want to protect their citizen.
  • Noose (22/06/2017, 09:26) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    It's pointless bringing it back if you're not going to use it. In this community, we have a culture of not finding the perpetrators and bringing them to justice. Just look at the number of unsolved murders and it seems like that number is steadily growing. So my point is... what good is it if you're not going to use it because you can't find the murderers? Bringing it back certainly won't be a deterrent to the criminals!
    • pete (22/06/2017, 10:29) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      the death penalty has never slowed crime down. is murder a rational act? are people thinking about consequences when they are in the heat of anger or passion? no! How many times have you done something and later regretted it? The death penalty is not the answer and it is too simplistic to say "eye for an eye". That is so literal without the causation or nuances of human nature. It DOESN'T WORK! make police more "human" with programmes in schools, talk to neighbourhood watch groups, find a safe way to get information anonymously.
  • SMH (22/06/2017, 09:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Edmund would have been correct if we had a sentencing problem but how would capital punishment help IF WE CANT CATCH THE DAMN CRIMINALS IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • hot hot (22/06/2017, 11:51) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    The death penalty will never be reinstated, too many crazy lefty PC types will prevent it. How about legislation to pass castration on murderers so they can not reproduce evil and also brand them like cattle with the words killer on there foreheads so all know who they are.
  • let the police do their jobs (22/06/2017, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    officers only care about tints on windows, seatbealt and weed in the bushes (money) when it comes to solving a robbery and murders they have no skills waste a time POLICE....RVIPF my a$$
    WOTPF Waste.Of.Time.Police.Force

  • Longshanks (22/06/2017, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    I think you'll find that eye for an eye is more from the Jewish teaching. Jesus taught of a more forgiving and kinder faith.

    Also, btw it doesn't actually take a village to raise a child. Just in case you believe that saying too.
  • .............. (22/06/2017, 14:05) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is nonsense. What sense would this make when we have so many unsolved murders? Who will you hang? Just like "tougher gun laws", it would make little to no difference without convictions. Backward thinking as usual.
  • Political Observer (PO) (22/06/2017, 14:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Undoubtedly, violent and property crime are increasing. To date, 7 murders have occurred in our once tranquil VI where murder was a rarity. But a lot has happened since those good olde days, particularly the population has increased. The population increased from approximately 8-9 thousand in the early 1970s to approx 35-40 thousand today (2010 Census muck). A by product of growth, development and increasing population is crime increase. Growth and developmment though welcome brings the good, bad and ugly.

    Ok. Crime is increasing but we cannot let emotions drive the solution(s). Every problem has a cause(s) and solution(s). To effectively solve any problem, the root cause must be identified. Problem: a problem is a gap between where one is and where one wants to be with obstacles existing that prevent easy movement to close the gap. Closing the crime gap is not going to be easy. First, we must discover what is fueling the murders. Of course, police arresting and convicting criminals must occur in parallel with finding the root cause(s) of crime and finding solutions to the problem. Nevertheles, the police alone cannot find and arrest criminals, identify crime or deter crime. It needs the community. Community cooperation and collaboration is vital to reducing and preventing crime. To continue to enjoy the quiet and enjoyment of Nature's Little Secret, the community has to get engaged. Arthur Hodge, the only White man convicted by his peers and hanged for killing a slave, must have been a horrible hombre.
    • Disinterested (22/06/2017, 17:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      "Arthur Hodge, the only White man convicted by his peers and hanged for killing a slave, must have been a horrible hombre." Murder is no laughing matter; it is serious. It is final. All that can be recouped for the family and the nation is justice and closure. Nevertheless, I must bust a LOl on the Arthur Hodge hanging for killing a slave. Is it just an urban legend or did he actually kill a slave for a mango? Mango knocking dog now so mango may have been knocking dog then. Nonetheless, supposedly murdering a slave for a mango is unbelievable; no value on life period. The current murder spree demonstrate no value on life.
  • Ha!0.0 (22/06/2017, 15:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring it back.Just how you kill, so should you die.You shouldn't get any last supper or wish because the person may have been hungry and had hopes and wishes that they will never have granted because of you. Have knives, Machetes, rocks,guns, pillows and plastic bags( just in case it was suffocation), A car if it was a hit and run at hand for these killers...But hey just my opinion 0.0.
  • huh (22/06/2017, 17:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    the next problem with this is now who them lock up for that murder isnt the right peraon and after them kill that peraon them find out who it really was what are you going to do cause it have people in jail lock up for the crime but aint do it but because peple just call names or the police to lazy to do there work the wrong peraon get lock up them name get bad in the public what are you going to do ????? look the young guy them say shoot the lil boy by UPS them say them had him on camera but what happen now them lock him up spoil his name poor young man trying to get back his life now cause of what them say he was on cam. but he is free now wrong person so now of them had hang him mow what would u have to say cause police with them nonsence ????
  • my 2 cents (22/06/2017, 18:17) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    Does people still listen to Edmund?
  • ,,, (22/06/2017, 19:57) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maybe they will be afraid of the gas chamber or lethal injection.
  • ta ta (22/06/2017, 22:30) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why would people want to go back to those days?

  • my yute (22/06/2017, 22:49) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    If you are and support bringing back state killing, you are simply greedy and heartless.
  • ??? (23/06/2017, 07:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

     if a man lay with a man like he would with woman he should be put to death!

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