Bunsee’s killing ‘very tragic for the whole family’
Sue-Ann Wayow email@example.com
PRIME MINISTER Kamla Persad-Bissessar has expressed condolences to the family of the 82-year-old grandmother who was mauled to death on Monday by a pitbull belonging to the victim’s relative.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday in her constituency of Penal, Persad-Bissessar described the death of Lillian Bunsee as tragic.
She said: “I am a grandmother. It is a very tragic incident for the entire family. We try to bring legislation on board. Condolences to the family. I can well imagine the pain because it is one family, grandmother of the same family. It is a very tragic thing that has happened.”
Persad-Bissessar said her Government was doing all in its power to fight crime.
Persad-Bissessar was informed of the death of attorney Dr Wesley Debideen by the media. Debideen, 68, was shot around 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Grand Bazaar’s carpark in Valsayn.
Debideen was the lawyer who represented Hindu Credit Union (HCU) president Harry Harnarine at the commission of enquiry into CLICO and the HCU.
Persad-Bissessar said: “We are doing everything we can and more to fight crime in the country. I am very saddened to hear of this. Whether it is a person in authority or not, any life that is lost is a tragedy and a pain.
“It (criminal activity) is something we have inherited. We continue to be very concerned that we are not moving fast enough to bring down the crime.”
She added, “However, we must acknowledge and thank the police that we have been able to bring down the serious crimes by 34 per cent, but the murder rate continues to be high. We will continue to put all our heads together, all our hearts together, all our minds together in that fight against crime, and it remains the number one priority for my Government,” Persad-Bissessar said.
The Prime Minister said she was pleased the Opposition led by Dr Keith Rowley has agreed to work with the Government in an attempt to reduce crime.
She said: “ I am very heartened by the move of the Opposition to join with the Government in trying to suggest ways forward in the fight against crime. Our team will meet with their team on Thursday. Several suggestions have been put forward. We will look at those. We have other suggestions and other thoughts in terms of the fight against crime.”
The death penalty will be one of the issues to be discussed, she said.
Persad-Bissessar said the Government was trying to implement some recommendations made in the Selwyn Ryan report in an effort to fight crime.