The girlfriend of a deceased stabbing victim has told the Times that the justice system in Saint Lucia has failed both of them.
Jacky Robert disclosed that she has been going back and forth to court for nine years to seek redress in a matter with another female, whom she accused of issuing death threats against her and her boyfriend, Joseph Herman.
Herman was stabbed multiple times on Jeremie Street on Old Year’s night and succumbed on New Year’s day, becoming the first homicide victim for 2016.
Robert disclosed that she was on Jeremie Street at about 8:PM on Old Year’s night when the female in question approached issuing more death threats.
Robert recalled that she entered a boutique and the owner of the establishment locked the door to keep the other woman, who was brandishing a knife, outside.
She told the Times that while in the store she summoned her boyfriend, who on arrival, was pounced on and stabbed by the female assailant and a gang of thugs who had accompanied her.
Robert said she rushed outside to assist the wounded Herman and received several blows about the body, resulting in swellings to her arm and face.
“They started pelting bottles,” she recalled.
According to her she ran with Herman to their vehicle and managed to drive to Victoria Hospital where the female assailant followed some time later.
Robert claimed that the woman entered the ward and removed the wounded man’s oxygen mask.
Robert disclosed that by the time members of the SSU Unit arrived on the scene, the female assailant had already left.
She recalled that two years ago she sustained injuries in an attack by the woman, and again in November last year.
Robert said although a restraining order had been placed on the individual, she continued to harass her and her boyfriend.
The grieving girlfriend told the Times that her lawyer had pleaded with the court to have the woman remanded at Bordelais Correctional Facility, to no avail.
A post mortem examination on Herman’s body is scheduled for Monday.