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UWP Saddened By Bonita James Stabbing Death, Calls For Urgent Attention To Domestic Violence

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The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) says it is ‘deeply saddened’ by the recent ‘violent and tragic’ stabbing death of Bonita James in Dennery due to domestic abuse.

“We take this time to offer our deepest condolences to her grieving family and loved ones,” a UWP statement Tuesday said.

“Domestic violence continues to be a grave societal issue that requires urgent attention and action. In the wake of this tragic event, we call upon all members of our communities to join hands and actively contribute to breaking the cycle of domestic violence,” the statement noted.

“By fostering a culture of understanding, empathy, and respect, we can empower individuals to recognize the signs of abuse and to intervene at an early stage, before the situation escalates to irreparable harm,” it explained.

The UWP urged citizens to unite to create a society where everyone feels safe, respected and free from the fear of domestic abuse.

Thirty-three-year-old Bonita James succumbed after a stabbing incident early Saturday morning.

Her father, Boniface James, disclosed that Bonita was moving on from a toxic relationship with a jealous man who was ‘blocking’ her everywhere she went.

And he advised women in toxic relationships to leave and not return.

“Run from a sour relationship and don’t come back or you will be in the grave,” James warned.

Bonita, a La Pointe, Dennery resident, was the mother of three young children.

Shortly after her death, police announced that a male suspect was in custody.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Since when UWP is concerned about domestic violence ? While in office UWP never spoke about such violence..wow .. politics boy . So UWP is not concerned about other violence.. flambeau has all the nice and wonderful ideas now.. just to vote them back in..power hungry and greed at it’s best…

  2. PLEASE ! Do not attempt to use this sad situation to gain some sort of political mileage. It is truly disturbing enough that it happened. This is really becoming childish now. Employ some common sense for God sake

  3. Hot air balloons!everytime something like this happens you see them crisis ppl and other associates come and shoot hot air with no follow up action until the other incident arise…they know for sure they being paid some longsum salaries with no fruitation from their previous hot air…Valerie Lorde,Berlinda,Crystal,…that list long AsF….st.lucia seem like a place everyone is for his/her own…I just can’t fathom the fact that the victim made a report against abuser earlier that same day she died and the incompetent no good for nothing police could not provide any assistance what so ever….our blood clothe country future is deem.

  4. It’s not the first time abuse has been reported and Police have done nothing – quite a common incidence in the Caribbean where there is little respect shown for women in abusive relationships. One such case was many years ago when a woman reported to the police that she was in fear for her life after she confronted her partner because he had been sexually abusing her young daughter & told him she was going to the Police. The (female) police officer was going off duty and said for the woman to return in the morning. In the meantime the partner decapitated the woman in front of the daughter!!! He escaped the island and is no doubt still abusing women somewhere. I relate this case because it is an extreme example of some of the terrible savagery that has been perpetrated in St Lucia, and where the inaction of the police (and the community at large really) has lead to the death of women and mothers. This itself is part of the wider issue of women and men breeding children without looking at the consequences of short term, sexual relationships resulting in children with poor parental guidance. Not a moral judgement just a practical one. Stop having children when you are not in a committed long term relationship, and stop condemning children to a life of poverty, violence and possible sexual predation by casual partners because you can’t control your “urges”. It is often these same fatherless children who grow up, have illegitimate children themselves and where the girls become very young Mothers, and the boys turn to crime. The Cycle goes on… This is not true of all such offspring of course, but there is a pattern. Sex education and respect (& birth control) needs to start in the household, needs to be reinforced in the education system, and upheld with strong government policies. Police and other law enforcers need cultural education ie it is not ok to abuse women (or men -it happens) and investigate and protect appropriately. St Lucia is going backwards in gender and economic equality and it starts in the home. Wake up people!

  5. UWP please be advised that domestic violence is multifaceted. It is not only when a woman is killed that it becomes domestic violence.

    It is also about how we treat women, the way we refer to them , the names we call them etc.

    This article would have better been addressed to your Leader.

  6. A pity uwp sees everything wrong when they out of power yet do everything wrong when they’re actually in power! Stop criticizing and start acting.

  7. Unitedpac wrote more than 3 articles about the Rodney Bay shooting which happened after this incident because it served their sinister agenda. A man who was known to police, with an unlicensed firearm in his possession and who was on bail for gun related charges was sympathized with and made to look like a victim because it served their agenda. No mention of this gruesome death of this woman. I wonder why. Maybe checking out photos of him will reveal the reason. Now they are saddened by Bonita’s death? Such hypocrisy and politicizing of crime will not help this country.

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