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Homicide #66 – Man Shot Dead At Rodney Bay

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Saint Lucia has recorded its 66th homicide and the fourth fatal shooting for the week.

Police have identified the latest victim as Olson Arthur of Gros Islet.

According to reports, he sustained multiple gunshot injuries at about midnight on Thursday.

There are no further details at present.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. I think I’m actually afraid for my family in Saint Lucia. Saint Lucia needs to execute these criminals, it’s too much blood

  2. The current administration like the previous one has no answer for our crime problem because the fish rots from the head. We need a strong man to lead us into better days unless we want to see St. Lucia become the Chicago of the Caribbean. Our murder rate 36.66 is already edging into the top 10 globally and we St. Lucians are passively accepting this as normal.

  3. PEOPLE IF YOU CAN LEAVE THIS PLACE. IT IS NO LONGER SAFE AND WE HAVE A PM WHO DOESN’T LISTEN. THE MAN IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. HE CANNOT HANDLE IT AND REFUSE TO ADMIT THAT HE HAS FAILED. PEEP CONTINUES TO BE MISGUIDED BY HE LIES, WHO IS HAPPY TO SEE HIM FAIL. EVERYONE RUN FOR COVER.

  4. As you rightly said, rot starts at the top. Not only that but it is indicative of a much wider problem. A society where lawlessness is the law. As you are well aware, people in this country feel they can do whatever they want, whenever they want and however they want. They know there are no consequences for their actions as the law enforcement won’t bat an eyelid usually. And when they do, the lowly grunts get calls from higher up to let things slide. Case in point, that container of drugs found by that major company in marisule. They we have that gun found in fridge. Those stories are so pervasive you can surely understand why lowly feel that the justice system doesn’t work and would prefer to do things their way.

  5. If there is anyone out there who feels PJP is a Good Leader and would not join a MASS ISKANWIDE PROTEST against govt non action crime, then we’re doomed. I suspect even the criminals wish for a better National Security Minister cause they too under threat of existing.

  6. The Easiest Country to Smuggle anything is St.Lucia .Crime is Free to Committ no eye witness that’s it.

  7. The deafening silence from the previously vocal upper middle class nonpartisan, independent, neutral, nonaligned, unbiased and objective CONCERNED CITIZENS is frightening.
    66 persons killed in one year (so far) putting us in the top 5 for murder rates IN THE WORLD and nothing from them with this crisis threatening our economy and health.
    Let us not fool ourselves, all studies have shown that this criminal activity is always indicative of a failed society on a fast downward trend. The cost of violent crime to countries runs into trillions worldwide and causes GDP growth to be stubbornly low in countries with the highest crime rates.
    St Lucia may have grown by 33% in the past 10 years if we had a handle on crime and anti social behaviour.

    The only question is why during a deadly pandemic (2019 -2021) claiming million of lives and destroying economies worldwide did these nonpartisan hypocrites raise so much noise and anti government feelings. Why did they go against the interest of St. Lucians when we needed “all hands on deck” Why the total lack of patriotism and concern for St. Lucians then and now the complete silence in the face of an increasing homicide rate.

    We are also faced with a critically comatose Government that turns its back on problems and simply seem to have no concern or interest in problem solving or hard work. Their Governance consists of borrowing money , keeping most for their talk, take and travel and throwing a little “kakadan” with a press release every other week.

    This situation aside from keeping our country backward is going to hit us in the gut at some point and by then the rot will be so deep it will be almost impossible to get back to any semblance of civility or growth.
    Time will tell!

  8. IF YOU KILL – YOU HANG – NO IF’s OR BUT’s ABOUT IT.
    If ever one ask, ‘why are you executing’ you must tell them, it is absolutely necessary at the rate it’s happening – something has to be done to stop the carnage, otherwise even ELECTED persons will be killed – after the first execution, there’ll be a stop, for how long I don’t know but execution must resume.
    PjP you were not elected to sell our two Habours for Peanuts to a stranger. There are other priorities/security/health/environment/cost of living/education/de new Hospital/fix de Roads/ No doubts we are in a mess; the heavens came down as a preliminary warning, a devastating flood never seen in the history of St. Lucia; yet still the murder goes on, the fear that causes illnesses etc etc the next will be a warning:- A shaking to bring in International rescue to whomever survives:- the very foundation may be allowed to be shaken before some semblance of order is taken place. Serve God first, Lord be merciful to St.Lucia, Amen.

  9. Okay then, stay uninformed on crime then. The fish rots at the head, its starts with same government you begging to do hanging!

  10. Pm and cabinet has no balls to change laws ..tougher penalty for gun and criminal acts .. both UWP AND SLP are clueless as to how to control this situation . This problem has been there…

  11. The people should protest against PIP (not a UWP Protest rather a citizen protest) for not doing his job on national security. Talking about he give the police two vehicles. BAYTIZZ! As if that fighting crime.

    I was really expecting better from PIP. He knows nothing about the law and how to amend or change laws. He’s blaming police.

    This is a man who’s home was targeted by arm bandits last year and he’s still allowing the problem to fester.

    Learn to do your job mr. Prime Minister.

  12. PIZZA PLUS FORMERLY KNOWN AS PIZZA PIZZA IS THE HUB WHERE ALL BAD BOYS CONGREGATE AND HANG OUT PLAYING DOMINOES DRINKING RUM AND CREATING FEAR IN THE OTHER PEOPLE TAKING THEIR KIDS THERE TO EAT AND PLAY. THE AREA IS A GHETTO ,POLICE NEEDS TO START SEARCHING PEOPLE IN THE AREA, ALL BAD BOYS HAVE THAT ONE LOOK . THE RODNEY BAY GHETTO .

  13. Below is a link to a recently published report by “World Population Review” of Murder rate by Country, which ranks Saint Lucia 20th with a 21.44/100,000 people rate, based on a population of 181,900. That ranking is based on 39 reported murders in 2018. 2018 is the target reference year for most other countries in the comparison table at the bottom of the article. That ranking puts Saint Lucia in the company of historically violent countries like: Guatemala (street gangs), Columbia (cartels) and Puerto Rico. Barbados, arguably St Lucia’s closest sister nation in the Caribbean, ranks 42nd with 9.77/100k people. Saint Lucia is more than double that rate.

    More concerning is that the 2022 year-to-date homicide rate is 35.6/100k ppl (66*100000/185323=35.6, note 2022 population is estimated by applying a 0.5% growth rate over 2021 published figures). If compared to the results in the table detailed in the article, that would rank Saint Lucia 10th, in line with Venezuela, South Africa and Nigeria and worse than hot spots like Bahamas, TnT and Brazil. I acknowledge that the tumult caused by the personal and economic disruptions from the Covid epidemic are certainly a factor that has driven an increase in crime rates all over the world. Nevertheless, that does not diminish what would have been an unacceptable murder rate back in 2018, and certainly not a justification for current levels. I note 2021 and 2020 recorded 74 and 55 homicides, respectively, which according to the above methodology would result in homicide rates of 40/100k and 30/100k, respectively. Not to be alarmist, but 40 would’ve ranked top 4 globally, right behind top-ranked El Salvador (52) and Jamaica (44) and worse that Honduras (39) and Belize (38)!

    These are sobering statistics and in dire need of attention. I ask the Saint Lucia Times and other median organizations to expand their coverage on crime beyond simply reporting incident by incident. I call on GoSL and RSLPF to focus on a Marshall Plan with measurable and timely deliverables to tackle this problem. Left unchecked, it is hard to imagine this will get better on its own.

    https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/murder-rate-by-country

  14. To add to what you said, when people come and try to put order in this place, a la the former Mayor of Castries in his attempts to regularise vending. We have people like Mr. Richard Frederick and the wider citizenry protesting that everybody have to make a living. And then as he is minister he allows any port for a storm. People of this country voted for him. PIP made him a minister. People are voting in lawlessness. Things will get so bad here we will get sanctioned by country after country. We will receive travel advisory after travel advisory. Those decent who can will leave. The rest will have no choice but to join the lawlessness as there won’t be enough will left to fight in. Failed state in the making.

  15. Good point ‘Needle”

    Rodney Bay has become a ghetto.
    I went to Domino’s the other night. Dark and I parked the car and went inside to collect my order.
    Two youths were there looking like they came from some deep hole. They were staring down everyone who entered. On the way out one came behind me so I stopped to let him pass. The hairs on the back of my head stood just knowing he was there. Nothing happened but a lot of these young men have ‘danger’ written all over them. They dress ghetto, talk ghetto and generally make people feel uneasy.
    With 66 persons already killed for the year you can see why.

    But not just the youth. Went to the supermarket another day. The kind of cursing and foul language out of the mouth of a guy right behind some tourists in line. You could see the shock and fear in their eyes.
    Yes – even Rodney Bay is becoming a ghetto and we want to attract up market visitors and others to buy vacation homes here. Will never happen with the decline in our social standards as happening everywhere.
    We have much to fix !

  16. Let’s not forget about Verve. Rodney Bay is no longer the tourist hot spot it once was. I went for dinner at Keebees and was harassed by young men begging as we tried to eat. I was so embarssed for the visitors i was with. As an island there aren’t many decebt places for locals to spend their leisure time except going to the hotels. Things are looking quite dim for the future of this nation.

  17. In vieux fort all them young fellas are stealing jelly coconuts and young plantain by the road side . The police on patrol are not even and questioning them about where they get it to sell. All they do is smoke crack cocaine, weed and drink rum and disrespect people who they presume are making progress. They refuse to go and work for guardsman for 4 dollars an hour

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