Volunteer info to police: Crabbe
A retired Supreme Court judge, Justice VCRAC Crabbe, has implored citizens to supply police with information to enable them successfully prosecute offenders.
According to him, without public support, the police’s quest to gather evidence against suspects and prosecute them would be in vain.
Rising lawlessness in the country has been blamed on the lack of confidence in the judicial system and failure by police to effectively prosecute such crimes.
This comes against the backdrop of several incidents of mob attack against persons accused of one or another form of offence instead of being handed over to police.
But speaking to Class News’ Parker Wilson, Justice Crabbe said police were being unduly criticised. He noted that citizens had a civic responsibility to help the police to do their work.
“How can the police prosecute anybody in court if there are no people to give evidence? The police were not there when the thing happened, they went there afterwards. So the people who were there should be willing to come forward to give evidence. If nobody gives evidence in court, how are the people going to get convicted? It’s essential to the administration of justice that people should be willing to be bold and to be honest and go to court and say ‘this is what I saw’ and say it and be prepared to face cross examination. That is how the truth is going to come out and justice will be done,” he said.