Life of Crime

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Pair awaiting trial in nightclub shooting get February date

TWO men awaiting trial concerning a fatal nightclub shooting in Abaco will not have their case transferred to the Supreme Court until February 2017.

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LIFE OF CRIME: From the cradle to the grave - a call for action

THE Life of Crime series has traced issues that impact on our crime rate from the cradle to the grave; now we have reached the “burial” of the series and it is time for a few reflections.

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LIFE OF CRIME: Making the punishment fit the crime

THE concept of punishment is part of our very selves. It presents a perverse persuasiveness, fooling us that it is the solution to all of society’s ills.

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LIFE OF CRIME: Dispensing justice

IMAGINE if it were you sitting in the witness box, under oath and asked this question: is the criminal justice system working in The Bahamas?

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A LIFE OF CRIME: Securing a conviction

THERE were not many suspects when the apple was picked in the Garden of Eden - it was evident who took it - but, over time, crime solving has become anything but simple.

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LIFE OF CRIME: Serial killers - Is a new breed of assassins lurking on the streets of the Bahamas?

A SERIAL killer holds a worldwide fascination, nicknames like “The Ripper” have entered cultural folklore and they have made many fictional writers famous.

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LIFE OF CRIME: Paedophilia and the need to protect children

Paedophilia. The dark, dark secret. A terrible taboo. Surely this does not exist in the Bahamas?

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LIFE OF CRIME: Mental disorder and killing

OVER the years I have received more abuse for giving evidence to the courts about the existence of mental illness in someone who has killed another person than all of the rest of my involvement in forensic psychiatry.

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LIFE OF CRIME: Gangland Bahamas - how much violence can be put down to gangs?

I READ all the time about gang-related crime in The Bahamas; in fact recently, a senior official went so far as to blame all killing on gang activity.

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A LIFE OF CRIME: Is rape a crime in The Bahamas?

SURELY a silly question, yet one I often feel obliged to ask. How many convictions for rape do we read about? I certainly hear about men raping women, but I do not read about many men going to prison for a rape conviction. There must be a reason: either very few rapes are committed or maybe society does not see rape as a crime … or at least not a serious one!