It is estimated that over the last 2 years at least 20 persons have been killed because they were witnesses.
How do you feel right now about being a witness on a murder case or drug case in the Bahamas? I know I’m far from comfortable with it.
Honestly, if I see something go down right now, I don’t know if I would come forward. I mean I would call the police tip line (from a pay phone) but would I walk into a station and give a written statement? I don’t think so.
In my post on ways we can help change the Bahamas I said we should report crime, but when that means risking your own life. That’s kinda tough to do.
This is obviously a problem for our judicial system and society because it represents a break down in law and order when criminals are allowed to roam, intimidating witnesses. How are we to combat crime when law-abiding citizens are afraid to come forward?
There is a simple solution to this in my opinion.
Record the witness statement!
I suspect that this may not be possible right now, otherwise I’m sure it probably would have happened already. But why not pass the legislation necessary that a witness’ sworn video statement is valid in a court of law if they die suddenly for whatever reason?
This would eliminate the risks to witnesses because criminals would get no benefit from killing them as they would have a pre-recorded statement for jurors to watch and read. In fact, killing a witness may be a disadvantage to criminals because their defence lawyers would not have the opportunity to cross examine the witness and possible expose flaws in his testimony
Just a thought… what say you?