The father of murdered teenager Rinarco Balgobin says the time has come for the resumption of hangings in T&T in a bid to regain control over crime and criminal activities.
Balgobin, 19, of Southern Main Road, La Romaine, a member of the PNM’s National Youth League, was fatally shot in the neck and head, as he tried to flee from his attackers, around 4 am on Friday.
It was reported that he was killed over a gold chain valued thousands of dollars.
However, his father, who refused to give his name, said he believes that there was more to his killing. He was speaking to the T&T Guardian on Tuesday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy was done on his son’s body.
Balgobin’s father blamed the politicians and the police for the “runaway crime.”
“Crime is out-of-hand. There is no law and order here and it is the police and politicians to blame. Who’s providing guns to the young people to distress law abiding citizens? Who? T&T is a lawless country,” Balgobin’s father said.
“People coming into the airport and it is not to visit you know…they coming in for funerals - they crying when they reach here - this is the reality of the situation. I want men to hang for taking people’s lives. They need to be serious with this hanging business,” he added.
The distraught father described his son as an exemplar to the many around him, “in three months he was supposed to go to the United States. He had gotten his Green Card. His future was so bright and just so, my son’s life was snuffed out.”
Balgobin was an active member of the PNM’s National Youth League and served as chairman of the Oropouche West Constituency Youth League. He was a former Committee Member of the National Youth League Executive 2016-2017.
Investigations are continuing.
No arrests have been made so far.
Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Rhondor Dowlat)