The Opposition People’s National Party is calling for urgent and decisive action against child killers in Jamaica, including designating them enemies of the state.
Spokesman on youth, Damion Crawford, is urging legislative changes to allow for additional charges against child killer suspects.
He wants changes made to the minimum sentencing of these suspects and the creation of a special police unit to hunt child killers and bring them to justice.
His comments follow the killing of 14 year old Raven Wilson on the weekend.
Mr. Crawford says in his opinion, crimes against children are becoming too heinous and frequent because the perpetrators are perceiving little risk of being caught and therefore they act with impunity. He says that in his considered assessment, the overall fight against crime should include increasing the risk for the criminals, starting with crimes against children.
He adds that pressure must be put on the government to find ways of reflecting the society’s demand to protect the most vulnerable and strengthen the child protection agencies.
The PNP spokesman on Youth notes that almost forty children have been murdered this year and all their blood would have been spilt in vain, if the entire society, led by the government, is not called to action to ensure a safe environment for young citizens, who are Jamaica’s future