The recent mob killings of ex-convict Rickford Barker and electrician Hardel Haynes have sparked public concern over the groups who take the law into their own hands and dispense justice as they see fit.
The body of Barker was discovered last month in a cemetery near the Soesdyke main road.
The ex-convict was beaten by a group of men after he and another man had robbed a shop in the environs. Reports have said that the men who beat Barker released his accomplice in the suspected robbery before exacting vigilante justice on the ex-convict.
Earlier this week, Haynes died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after he was beaten by a group of persons who mistook him for a thief. The badly beaten man was reportedly dropped off in front of the East La Penitence Police Station, and a rank on duty was simply told that he (Haynes) was a thief.
The persons who left the battered man at the station apparently drove off afterwards without giving the rank any sort of indication as to who they were.
Many citizens of Georgetown have expressed concern that being in the wrong place at the wrong time may result in them being soundly beaten, or in them losing their lives over a case of mistaken identity similar to the way Haynes apparently lost his.
Persons have said that the holiday season usually sees an increase in crime, and while vigilante and community policing groups do help to bolster the ranks of the police, it makes no sense to have them operate if they will senselessly slaughter persons, innocent or guilty.
Moreso, alarm has been raised over the way these mobs bypass the judiciary and take on the role of judge, jury and executioner.
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