Within less than 24 hours, the people of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis have had to grapple with the murder of 15-year-old Unique Browne and 26-year-old Bijorn Richardson. The former’s body was discovered at the C. A. Paul Industrial Site on 3rd April, 2011 at about 3:00 p.m. while the latter was gunned down in broad daylight on the morning of 4th April, 2011.
Speaking exclusively with MiyVue.com, Grant explained that Browne’s murder was a “very unfortunate and untimely” one, noting that news of it was hard-hitting given that, just a short while prior, he had just delivered a speech which address matters of crime. Richardson’s murder, he said, brought added pain and concern.
“It was just yesterday at our Party’s convention, that I spoke of what I considered the lack of will by the government to deal with our serious crime problem in the country, only to find that when I had just delivered that very same speech, we had what I consider a very unfortunate and untimely death of a young woman, very early and in her tender years, which I think is an outrage for our society and all should be very much concerned about that. Following on the heels of that, this morning, we have had some very disturbing news also that a young man has been shot down in the Dorset Park area.”
Grant expressed to this publication that his party has sought to address matters of crime for quite some time and concluded that, “The government either doesn’t have the will to do what they are required to do to secure the safety of the citizens of the country or they are failing in their duties. And I think the public needs now to demand that the government stops talking and take the necessary actions to ensure that the citizens of the country are safe.”
The PAM leader issued condolences to the families of the two most-recent murder victims at their time of bereavement.
He further expressed that events of this tragic nature cry for an urgent proactive stance to be taken by the government and for that of reactivity to be cast aside.
“All I can say at this time is that we have to be very concerned and I send out condolences to both families who have suffered loss recently. But I think it is time that there is some proactive measures adopted by the government rather than reacting the murder after murder, robberies after robberies, shootings after shootings…”