One year after the launch of this blog-site, it is a bitter-sweet experience for me as I celebrate the success of my passion, while at the same time paradoxically mourning the death of Khajeel Mais.
One year ago this young man whom I have never met forced me to launch my website with a solo article, an article which registered my outrage at his death.
A full year later the family of this young man has not seen any justice in the death of their son, the shooter is out on bail and from reporting in the Jamaican media he hasn’t even turned over the murder weapon to the police.
What that means is that both he and his lawyers have collectively thumbed their noses of the joke of a criminal justice system which obtains in Jamaica.
I will come back to this issue in a minute but there was a very good reporting on this story in the Jamaica Gleaner:http://http://jamaica-gleaner.com/pages/x6/ of July 3rd 2012.
We will make no judgement on the direction of the case, neither will I predict the ultimate resolution. I will however draw your attention to the fact that the alleged shooter is a Jamaican so-called big man, he fled the jurisdiction after he allegedly committed the act, have not turned over the weapon to police, and has not cooperated with law-enforcement, any one of the aforementioned criterias, combined or by themselves,these characteristics would render an accused ineligible for bail in most jurisdiction, not so in Jamaica.
Despite the confluence of negatives by this accused as it relates to bail, he was promptly given bail. One of the biggest myth perpetuated on the unsuspecting public in Jamaica is that Bail should not be punitive, as such criminals accused of serious crimes are promptly released back into the general population, irrespective of the gravity of their crimes or the number of times they commit the most egregious crimes. This is the largest piece of idiocy being propagated by the penny millionaires who live above Cross-Roads.
As a result the job of law enforcement is made doubly difficult,. If bail is not supposed to be punitive, then maybe it should be. Maybe it would produce a degree of deterrent to some of the killers operating with impunity if they knew that when caught they would not see the light of day. How about that bleeding hearts?
As the Mais family grieve the loss of their precious son, there are no comforting words coming from the politicians, none from the criminal rights fraternity, after all I’m sure Carolyn Gomes is watching to ensure no one steps out of line when they deal with the killer of Khajeel Mais.
Carolyn Gomes Dir. JFJ
You see as I have said for years, decent people who are trying to do the right thing in Jamaica are endangered species, no one care for them, not politicians, not preists, not the criminal rights activists, there is no money to be made from their defence, no money to be had from abroad for advocacy on their behalf.
To the Mais family I empathize with your pain, I understand your exasperation, feel free to grieve, at the same time what I can do is to continue to shine a light on your case so that people all over the world may read , get outraged and demand justice for your family.
God bless you.