19 People Serving Life Sentences In Saint Lucia

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A total of 19 people are currently serving life sentences at Saint Lucia’s Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), officials say.

The 19 males are among a prison population of some 550, including 357 remand inmates, according to the officials.

Those serving life sentences include Kim John and Francis Phillip.

John and Phillip infamously doused parishioners with petrol and set them ablaze¬† in a New Year’s Eve 2000 attack on Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries

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The duo also bludgeoned Catholic nun Theresa Egan, 73, to death while Catholic Priest Charles Gaillard, 62, died from severe burns to his body.

In all, close to a dozen worshippers suffered burns in the attack.

John and Phillip are among eight BCF inmates who have had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

The disclosure came as local officials revealed that they are unaware that this country has received an ‘official request’ for a Saint Lucian who was sentenced to life in jail for the murder of a mother and her two children in Martinique, to serve his sentence here at the BCF.

Kerry Ferdinand  was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Assize Court of Fort-de-France on Monday, September 14, 2020.

Ferdinand was found guilty of slitting the throats of Leila Laviolette and her two boys aged 3 and 6, in September, 2017.

The murders occurred during a fit of rage after Laviolette revealed to Ferdinand that she was seeing another man.

The prosecution signalled its intention to ask that the 33 year old part time disc-jockey who is well-known in the Saint Lucian community in Martinique,  be sent back to Saint Lucia to serve out his sentence.

But according to one local official, even if French authorities were to request that Ferdinand be sent back to Saint Lucia to serve his life sentence, he would have to agree to the move.

 

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