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Police Reveal Most Of Saint Lucia’s 2023 Murders Were Gang-Related

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The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has revealed that most of the murders that occurred in 2023 were the direct result of gang violence and gang rivalry.

For the year, there were seventy-five homicides, seventy of which were murders.

In presenting the statistics at a news conference on Thursday, Corporal 508 Tavius Mathurin said an analysis revealed that thirty-seven murders were gang-related.

Mathurin said twenty-five cases were unknown, five were domestic violence-related, two were the result of altercations, and there was one case of robbery that resulted in the death of an individual.

“For 2023, out of the seventy murders, sixteen cases were detected,” he stated, adding that the detection rate was twenty-three percent.

In connection with the last murder for 2023, a suspect was in custody.

However, Mathurin explained that no police had yet to lay charges.

He told Thursday’s news conference that the breakdown of the 75 homicides in 2023, in addition to including 70 murders, also involved four police shootings and one unclassified case.

In 2022, the police recorded 72 homicides, and 75 in 2021.

There were 2937 crimes against persons last year, 166 sexual offence cases, 303 firearm cases, 223 robberies, and 3 307 crimes against property.

The police also recorded 167 drug cases.

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  1. All these violent crime statistics from the police have amounted to a revelation that “water is wet;” any toddler dreading bathtime could have known this.

    What are the real reasons for the rampant violence in St. Lucia?

    What current intitiatives are in effect, successfully, to reduce violent crime in St. Lucia?

    These are the questions that should be answered by the “professional” crime-stoppers; but remain unanswered because the professionalism of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is only marked by the cosplaying of goons in military costumes (with automatic rifles), and of their leaders on daily parade with swagger sticks!

  2. Thanks for giving some information but the way it’s framed is off. 37 out of 75 or 49% is considered a majority now? And 25 cases have unknown causes, really?

  3. All them man all over the island all they do is drink rum, smoke cocaine and marijuana and steal young plantain from the hard working farmers and sell it by the road or sell it for women who sell on the streets

  4. What become of the police woman who was caught with the firearms in the barrel in VF? Not a word on this. Continue to hide this one.

  5. No way did the police actually need to come out to make such an obvious statement, it’s laughable at this nonsense. People are acting as if they don’t know what already is obvious. These kids don’t want to work no more and the easiest way is to sell drugs, commit crimes, then you have those you support them when they purchase stolen goods or items and buy the drugs. In time people it will catch up to you because what goes around comes around. Exactly what you plant you shall reap it’s like no and its or buts about it! There are parents, friends and family members out there who literally turn a blind eye to what’s happening but fear not people the Good Lord Almighty isn’t asleep, justice shall fall upon each one of us a justice that we can’t escape.

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