There was an article in this newspaper on Wednesday, February 4, regarding three young men arrested for attempted manslaughter (murder). One of the victims was another young man, whom the article said was seriously injured, but was released from the hospital that same day.
The article also said that the police would continue the investigation; however, I have not seen any other information regarding what really took place that early morning after leaving the bar. I was there and saw what happened, and I would like to bring to your attention the events regarding the other victims.
The incident took place between two persons only and not four as mentioned in the article. The police was not there and they only listened to biased comments made by the person who started this incident after going to the hospital. Others who saw the whole episode, like me, were not even questioned.
After MH and ML had gotten into a car to go home, they were stopped, and KR accused MH about something that he didn’t do. KR and MH started arguing, KR had his hands in his pockets, MH felt threatened and ML got between the two to separate them. KR hit ML and ML moved away, and then KR and MH started to fight. Nobody else from the crowd tried to intervene, only after about 10 minutes when LH arrived he pulled MH away. KR then ran away and a bystander noticed KR was cut.
When MH was about to enter the hospital because he was also hurt, the police came and took him away and said a weapon was found on someone else. KR complained that ML held him when MH punched him, but that isn’t true. Many spectators saw KR hitting MH with a brass knuckle, but only a few saw when he gave it to a friend. MH didn’t receive medical attention for his broken finger and bruises on his cheek and stitches over his eye until the following day.
Is innocence until proven guilty a law on Saba or not? The one who received most blows that morning is known well by many, and they believe that the authorities have labelled him falsely. They also know the one who went to the hospital to be a long time trouble maker, who has badly hurt another making his victim lose vision in his eye. Some say this is a repeat of what happened with the same police force.
The RCN police blamed the Antilles police for being corrupt, but at least they were approachable and hung out more with young people, but this police system waits until something drastic happens. All four of these young men need positive mentors. Latino representatives met with the governor on Thursday, February 5, about this incident and submitted a letter. They said bullying and discrimination against Latin folk start in the schools and the community, and how various complaints were made to the authorities who did not act upon them, noting that this incident could have been avoided. They said these young men and many others are constantly provoked and threatened, and one was punched repeatedly in the face and defended himself. The Latin community said they were sorry for the outcome, and request that they be treated with the same respect and justice as any other citizen living on Saba.
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