Joseph, who served as national security minister from 2003 to 2007, then from 2007 to 2010, said in a statement to the media that he was at home when the bandit struck.
Joseph said: “Around 11.30 p.m on Sunday, July 22, I was at my home at Flagstaff, Long Circular, when my stepson entered the house. I noticed that a masked man armed with a gun had followed him into the house.
“Upon entering the house, the man announced a robbery and proceeded to hog-tie my stepson. There was a short confrontation between the gunman and, I as I tried to wrestle the gun away from his hands, I too was hog-tied as the bandit proceeded to rob me and others in the house.”
Joseph added: “The robber then made his way upstairs to the bedrooms of the house and it was during that time I was able to untie myself, escape and call for help. The police were contacted and they arrived shortly after on the scene.”
I’m no fan of Joseph, but I don’t wish tragedy on anyone. As someone whose family was robbed twice in 5 years in this country, I understand what he went through. Do I sympathize? Not particularly.
As a general rule, crime doesn’t touch the upper class members of this society and I often wonder whether that’s why the fundamental issues that cause it are ignored. It’s no secret that the administration treats their own very differently than they treat the rest of us. Maybe this is the motivation they’ve been waiting for to really do something.