Beating of Jomar Lanot – Charges stayed for two of the accused

I used to think that the BC justice system is there to protect the rights of the victims of crime. I’m slowly beginning to realize that the rights of the victim are almost always trumped by the rights of the those who clearly do not deserve to live here in this beautiful country.

Jomar Lanot was savagely beaten and killed by drunken thugs in front of Sir Charles Tupper Secondary two years ago. Only one person had the decency to admit to their crime. The rest of the group repeatedly and deliberately misled the the court regarding their participation in this terrible crime. They changed stories, made up stories to the point where the Crown had no hope at all in convicting the accused.

As a result, charges were stayed for the two youths.

The Juge recognized this. He said, “The witness admitted to lying under oath. He admitted lying to protect himself and to protect his friends,” Mr. Harris said yesterday. “It’s unusual to have a witness admit he has just lied in court.”

The scary thing is that it wasn’t just immigrants who participated in the beating. According to the Globe and mail, the group of young men involved in the attack was from a broad range of backgrounds including South Asian, Caucasian, Asian and Iranian. Is this where multiculturalism has brought us ? Is Equal opportunity violence now part of our culture in this city?

I love Vancouver, and I love Canada. I wonder though, how could such a wonderful country do something so very very wrong? There’s justice for the thugs who admit they’re protecting each other. But there is no justice for the Lanot family; there is no justice for Jomar. Jomar is dead.

4 Comments so far

  1. Flora (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2005 @ 1:57 am

    “The scary thing is that it wasn’t just immigrants who participated in the beating.”

    It sounds like you are implying that immigrants are to be expected to be criminals! You are making this about race; this kind of generalisation has no place in a civilized society.

    The scary thing to me is when people start using a violent attack to label “immigrants” as the source of our city’s woes.

    Don’t forget the following facts:
    The majority of crime in Vancouver is commited by people born here.
    Unless you are First Nations, we are all from immigrant families. Don’t make the status of “immigrant” a crime.

  2. yong_sa (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2005 @ 7:43 am

    Thank you for your comment Flora. But please read the post carefully. I said it WASN’T JUST immigrants, as the media has been trying to push. The Judge said It was a group including people of different races

    The police and media have been implying that this was a fight between two different races => Filipinos and East Indians. But when the actual investigation occurred, this particular beating included people all over, including Canadians.

    The point of this article is NOT about race. The point I was trying to make is that our justice system highly favours the criminal… not the victim. That is the real crime, isn’t it?

  3. Flora (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 10:20 am

    Thanks for the context. I didn’t know that the police and media have been implying the this was a fight between two races (I am from Vancouver but I live abroad), and that your comment was addressing this specifically.

    However, I must still disagree with your analysis. Rather than the victim, our justice system favours the innocent over the guilty. Thus, guilty people may go free in preference to innocent people being falsely convicted. Without evidence or reliable witnesses, a person cannot be convicted — no matter how repugnant they are. Unfortunate, but necessary, I think.

  4. yong_sa (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 3:28 pm

    I guess I’m just angry that these people who were charged admitted to a court that they purjered themselves in order to protect each other and to thwart the investigation process. In the end, these two people were successful and did not get any sort of charge, while the victim paid with their life.

    I understand that in the Justice system, one is innocent until proven guilty. But when I see two people deliberatly mislead the investigation and the court, and get away with it… It just doesn’t increase my confidence in the justice system.

    At the very least, These two people should be charged for lying to the police (which they eventually admitted in court) and for collaborating to thwart the legal process (which they also admitted to). I don’t see that happening yet.

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