Jan 23, 2009, 6:57 AM
The conviction and sentencing of a man to death by the Special Criminal Court last week for the murder of one Babucarr Saine as reported by this paper on Friday, should serve as an eye-opener to any law-breaker in this country.
In delivering his judgment, Special Criminal Court judge Justice Emmanuel Nkea said it was obvious that the prosecution had proven the unlawfulness of the homicide, and he was satisfied that the prosecution had proved the case of murder against the convict with the certainty required by the law.
All sorts of crimes are being reported in the country, almost every day.
Robbery, burglary, theft, rape, murder, and obtaining money by false pretence and so on are on the increase, going by court reports.
The crimes are becoming so rampant that we fear our society being overrun by crime and criminals.
According to the particulars of offence in this latest incident, the convict on 18th December 2011 unlawfully caused the death of one Babucarr Saine, by stabbing him on his chest with a pair of scissors.
One lesson for everybody is that one cannot always get away with a crime. The long arm of the law will always catch up with one.
It is a clear way of saying that we have to learn to live within the confines of the law. And that anyone who steps outside the law will not be tolerated.
Another lesson is that disputes should be resolved amicably without recourse to violence. The police are there to intervene in case of heated disputes. That is what they are paid to do.
It is pointless getting violent when the police can easily be brought in to resolve a dispute. If most of those who committed crimes had not taken the law into their own hands, they would have been free men today.
Very importantly, the law should also be stern on all offenders such as rapists, thieves and burglars. They, in their own selfish and wicked ways, ruin people’s lives.
When they begin to get severe sentences, it is likely that others will be wary of taking after them.
“The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent.”