No rape confirmation in Vieux Fort incident

There has been no confirmation of rape in last evening’s Vieux Fort incident, in which a fifty-two year old male  and his female companion were kidnapped and he was hacked to death, Police have told the Times.

Saint Lucia Police have however confirmed that that homicide victim, Francis Cyrillien, and a female companion were kidnapped by two masked men last night.

A senior Police official said the deceased and the woman were sitting in a vehicle at Bois Chadon, Vieux Fort, when the woman reported that two masked men brandishing a cutlass and a knife rushed on them and forced themselves into the vehicle.

She reported that her window was up but the window on the driver’s side was down.

Each of the two bandits entered the vehicle from opposite sides.

It is reported that the men forced the Cyrillien to drive into a wooded area of Bois Chadon near the beach, where both he and his companion were tied up.

According to information, the homicide victim, who is an employee of Courts Saint Lucia Limited,  sustained multiple wounds when the men attacked him.

His female companion, with whom he had earlier been chatting in the vehicle, was also injured  by the men.

The Police told the Times that one of Cyrillien’s hands was almost severed and the other has what appeared to be wounds sustained in defending himself against his attackers.

The deceased also had wounds to the head, the Police said.

Both he and his female companion were tied to trees, the woman reportedly being forced to strip naked by the bandits.

The Police said the woman managed to free herself after about four hours and summon law enforcers after the assailants left in the black two-door pickup with the marking – Servitech, in which she and Cyrillien were sitting.

It is reported that several persons refused to stop, despite seeing a naked woman begging for help.

Eventually, a taxi driver stopped,gave the distraught female a tee shirt to cover herself and took her to the Police station where she was able to lead officers to the crime scene.

The female was later taken to hospital.

The bloodied vehicle has since been recovered in Babonneau.

The Police have  disclosed that Cyrillien was was found lying face up with his hands tied at his back.

His feet were also tied, it is reported.

The incident is believed to haveoccurred after 4 PM yesterday.

The Police have issued an appeal to anyone who may have information about the Vieux Fort incident that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, to contact the nearest police station.