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AG Ensures Better Witness Protection

The recent spike in crime has sparked several conversations that have branched off in addressing other matters relating to the issue, one of them being the protection of witnesses in high profile murder cases.

There has long been concern among citizens that there are not enough measures in place to protect witnesses.

Speaking on the issue yesterday outside of cabinet was Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson, who ensured that there would be greater protection of these persons moving forward.

“We’re doing to a lot to try and curb this crime situation, it’s never going to be enough but when we are calling on citizens to come forward to give their evidence they have every right to feel safe and we are investing heavily in it,” she said.

“We can’t say too much because we have witness anonymity (protection) and it’s something we’re working to improve but I want to ensure that the police department, Commissioner of Police and the DPP are working very hard together in dealing with these matters.

In 2012, 53-year-old Nora Johnson and her son, 24-year-old Dario Dean were both killed, as both victims were slated to testify in an upcoming murder trial.

Last year, renowned psychologist Dr. David Allen called for the appointment of a citizen security council to bridge the gap between government policy and community concerns; the use of foreign law enforcement and the Defense force; legal reform on capital punishment, bail restrictions, and the witness protection programme.



Written by Jones Bahamas

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