Wednesday, October 25, 2006 – Minister for Labour Relations, Public
Service and Cooperatives Honourable Velon John on Tuesday, October 25th gripped
the attention of the House of Assembly as he vehemently denounced crime on the
Adding his voice in support of the Praedial Larceny Bill, Minister John said the
legislation is directly related to the crime surge in the country. Minister
John, a former magistrate, said his comments was also coming as a result of his
great knowledge and experience in criminology. He noted that praedial larceny is
part of a bigger problem.
“The Praedial Larceny Bill, as envisaged, is just one piece in a large puzzle,
where the whole is greater than its parts; and just as this particular piece
needs to be scrutinised and assessed, in terms of its practicality and
relevance, so are the pieces which need to be considered within a time frame
that embraces the immediacy of our collective anxiety and resolve,” Minister
The member of parliament for Laborie also called the entire nation to action
saying no one is free of responsibility to lessen crime.
“This consideration needs to address the puzzle in its totality. For it is a
two-face puzzle, demarcated by the climate for crime and the climate of crime.”
The Minister observed that crime was more pronounced in Castries and Vieux Fort
in comparison to Soufriere and called for sociological research into the reason
for this phenomenon.