Wednesday, April 17, 2024

AG: Violence is not the answer

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Attorney General Dale Marshall today appealed for Barbadians not to resort to violence to solve disputes as the island was rocked by three killings in a quiet St Andrew community during the 53rd Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

The incident occurred at Walkers, St Andrew, this morning.

In a live address via The Facebook Page of Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Marshall said this was not the way.

He said preliminary information indicated the three men died during a cutlass attack, “as a result of a family dispute, especially related to land”.

“The tragedy about this whole situation is when the deaths occur, the thing that is left is the real estate, and there has to be a better way for Barbadians to look to resolve these kinds of disputes,” the Attorney General said.

A lawyer by profession, Marshall said the law provided the way to settle such issues, and there were options in the form of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

“They need not end in violence or in the loss of lives,” he added, stating lives were too precious.

The Attorney General offered sympathies to the families of the deceased on behalf of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Barbados.

These three killings would take Barbados’ murder total to 47 for 2019 and six for November. (SAT)

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