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Barbados is grappling with spiralling gun violence, a depleted police force and a pressing need for improvements in the overall justice system.

This was revealed yesterday when Attorney General Dale Marshall, along with principals in law enforcement and the justice system, occupied hot seats in the Well of the House of Assembly, fielding questions as law and order came under scrutiny in the 2019/2020 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.

Flanked by Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, Solicitor General Jennifer Edwards and Registrar of the Supreme Court Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, the Attorney General shared statistics that showed escalating gun crimes which had “gotten out of hand” over the last 30 years.

He said homicide-related gun violence had now become “a spectre” with which Barbados was not entirely familiar, adding that the calibre of illegal weapons being found on teenagers as young as 15 was alarming. (GC)

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