Gallows preparation a legal requirement – PM

The gallows at Fort Charlotte is being repaired in keeping with the law, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Tuesday (Photo:

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The reconstruction of the gallows at Fort Charlotte is not in preparation for the hanging of anyone in particular, Prime Minister and Minister of Legal Affairs Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Tuesday.

The gallows, last used 15 years ago, is being rebuilt as Patrick Lovelace sits on death row for the 2002 rape and murder of 12-year-old Lokisha Nanton.

Lovelace was in 2010 sentenced to death for the gruesome murder of the young pannist.

Her nude body was found hanging by her clothing from a mango tree in Sion Hill.

Lovelace’s death sentence stood when he lost his appeal.

His lawyer, Kay Bacchus-Browne, has signalled her intentions to appeal to the London-based Privy Council, this country’s highest court for such crimes.

But Gonsalves told a media briefing that the law requires that the gallows be readied when a person is in a situation where the death penalty could be applied.

Gonsalves said that when such a judgement is passed, the Director of Prosecution Informs the Attorney General who then informs him.

“I have obligations. If I am so informed, I have to ask the permanent secretary what is the condition of the gallows,” Gonsalves said.

He said that in such a situation he must “do certain things procedurally” under the Capital Punishment Procedure Act.

These include writing the sentencing judge for a report, informing the Committee of Mercy and at a later stage giving the convicted person the opportunity to have a presentation made to the Committee of Mercy.

“So all I am doing — it is not the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines or the Prime Minister is about to advise the Governor General to sign the death warrant for anybody.

“No. It is that persons with responsibilities have to do certain things. That’s all. Lawyers will have their own legal processes in which they do things. I have mine under the law and that is all what has been taking place,” Gonsalves said.

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9 thoughts on “Gallows preparation a legal requirement – PM

  1. Dave Ames would make a most practical guinea pig.

    Posted by Patrick Ferrari | June 26, 2012, 17:23
    • Mr. Ferrari, how about the GUINEA PIG being the PHANTOM INVESTOR that Eustace said is ready to INVEST in SVG, thus creating 20,000 jobs (LOL), but only if the NDP is in OFFICE.

      I guess this INVESTOR is the only LEGITIMATE BUSINESS PERSON on PLANET EARTH who is just WAITING AROUND for a CERTAIN POLITICAL PARTY (a PARTY who MIGHT NEVER GET BACK into OFFICE) to take office so he can INVEST in that country.

      If you BELIEVE that one, I have a PIECE of SWAP LAND to SELL U.

      Posted by VINCYPOWA | June 29, 2012, 10:29
  2. It’s about time.

    Posted by Vere | June 27, 2012, 01:05
  3. Mr Prime Minister,it is time these sick beasts understand that they cannot do what they want and get away with it. There must be some legal proceedings attached. The privy counsel needs to worry about the British isles. Why dont Lawyer Kay Bacchus write the British Govt and the privey counsel and explain that SVG doesn’t have any space to put up murderers or cold blooded vipers and that it don’t make sense to give them hospitality when poor sane, warm blooded, and law abiding citizens need food and shelter. Kay Bacchus her self sounds like a cold blooded murderer talking about Privy counsel. What the hell England doing for Svg. MR RALPH GONSALVES IT IS TIME TO CLEAN THE STREETS AND MAKE SVG LOOK LIKE A FEARLESS PLACE TO LIVE. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM IN THE JAIL THAT WHY THEY ARE ESCAPING, SO ITS LOGICAL TO HANG OR BURY THE PIECES OF GABBAGES WHO CALL THEM SELVES HUMAN. MR GONSALVES I AM ANTICIPATING TO WRITE THE PRIVY COUNSEL MYSELF TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR IDIOLOGY MAY WORK FOR ENGLAND BUT NOT IN SVG AN ISLAND STILL INHABITED BY A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF SAVAGES.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | June 28, 2012, 07:26
  4. Ralf need hanging even if it is a banana body hanging like they use to do in years past. In my day, dey would ah done hang ralf for Rape, Rape, Rape. Nasty B…!!!!!!! Yes, am a ralf hater.

    Posted by L Sutton | June 28, 2012, 14:34
  5. PATRICK FERRARI, I have been following your weekly news writings now since you first started. It seems to me that a little of Patrick Hughes rubbed off on you, I admire your writings and its the first thing that I read every week.
    I have of course noted that AMES and/or his companies owe you a substantial amount of money for machinery hire. That they have no excuse whatsoever not to pay you, and have owed you the money for some considerable time. This of course makes AMES statement about paying everyone an enormous lie on his part.

    You may be interested to learn that I have unconfirmed reports that AMES has applied to join the VINCENTIAN LIARS COVEN [VLC].
    To be a member he must first obtain Vincentian citizenship, and tell an enormous lie. He must also agree to blindly follow the instructions of the covens High Wizard and his cousin the Low Wizard and be prepared to do Obeah for the Lord [of darkness]. This is a quazi religious movement based on the practice of OBEAH.


    Posted by Peter | June 28, 2012, 20:32
    • Peter, thank you for the compliment(s) but Patrick (Hughes) is over the top but being weak and lickereish,
      I’ll take it.

      Ames and most of the rest are what you’d call, reflexive liars. They lie by reflex. Lying is their default

      Patrick Ferrari.

      Posted by Patrick Ferrari | June 29, 2012, 07:32
  6. LOLLL… alyo memba d PM say if alyo wah bak hanging u mus vote in favour of d rear-far-rendum and alyo didn’t do dat. In desperate times with elections closer than we think anything will be done to sway emotions.

    Posted by KS784 | June 30, 2012, 07:45
  7. What is disturbing about all this…is HOW LONG THIS FOOL IS ON DEATH ROW. What kind of justice do the family of the deceased get, when the perpetrator goes unpunished for so long…and then by some technicality, you hear the criminal is given a life sentence or GO FREE…We need to speed up the process…the appeal process should take no more than five years…and after that…good riddance.

    Posted by Saadiss | July 1, 2012, 16:01

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