Minister’s response to rapes criticized

Minister’s response to rapes criticized

National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, has come under fire over his response to the alleged rape of two teenagers at Derek Walcott square on Friday.

The criticism has come from Norbert Williams, the head of Speak Out Saint Lucia (SOS), a group formed recently to advocate on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, child molestation, incest and rape.

Williams said the statement he has heard so far from the National Security Minister on the alleged rapes is empty.

“For young people to be accosted in such a manner in the heart of Castries is troubling and an indication that we continue to have serious issues with crime in Saint Lucia and something needs to be done,” the SOS official declared.

He asserted that the people of Saint Lucia have every reason to be concerned and alarmed.

“We have to ask ourselves why this could happen in the heart of our City,” Williams said.

The former police officer observed that the reports of rapes at the Derek Walcott square raise a number of questions.

But he stated that he was disappointed in the response from the authorities.

In addition to criticizing the Minister of National Security for his statement, Williams said he had not heard any official word from the police.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has scheduled a news conference for later today to discuss the alleged rapes and other law enforcement matters.

Williams noted that Derek Walcott square is not well lit at night.

He declared that to suggest that crime occurs everywhere is a “cop out.”

He said:

“Where are the security cameras for the square – one of our only functioning parks, if you will, for relaxation in the City?”

Williams explained that there are some things that can be done with minimal resources to improve security, such as improving the lighting at the Derek Walcott square and increasing the visibility of the police.

The SOS head made the remarks last night during the DBS Television programme – Newsmaker Live.

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  1. 16 years
    May 12, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply

    Security cameras is not the only way to guard us the youths of this country at the Derek Walcott square! Whereally are the police officers? Rather than putting all at “hot-spots ” place some were we the touts frequently navigate because this rape problem is un going … persons fear going out! So okay now I can’t even go to the square a just sit ?all negative thoughts will come I have to be turning left ,right , looking …. moving along the victims minds are not at ease ! There need to be some firm of counseling for the youngsters (not sure if there is this measure already ) this automatically brings down they self esteem who knows … the 4 youngsters could have been killed after they we faced by this and we would have lost our future P.M, lawyer, doctor, surgeon we never know .. think we should have a talk show or do research. Analys it then come to conclusion to see what measures can be out in place … and we should take every law seriously not only those that are being broken often . Bye

  2. Justice
    May 12, 2016 at 10:32 am Reply

    Sorry Norbert you will get no where with minister La corbinere, Mr. Arrogance. That Minister is uniformed and talks nonsense but only on whst he wants and when he wants. He is a major part of the problem.

    He should have been dismissed long ago but his failure in private law practice requires Dr. Anthony to keep him as a minister as a form of employment. At tax payers expense.

    Do you not believe that everting you are suggesting to the Minister he has heard before or has a report somewhere in his office.

    Look at how he dismissed hermangild Francis asking pertinent questions on the FORENSIC lab. La corbinere says those questions are cheap and political. Well for an expensive and necessary state facility shut down now for as bout one year involving millions of tax payers money and no one knows what is happening and for questions asked to be deemed cheap and political says s lot about la corbinere’s respect for people rights to inquire.

  3. Modeste Downes
    May 12, 2016 at 10:35 am Reply

    This article failed to indicate what the minister’s response was. Otherwise it makes Williams’ criticism of him appear to be related to nothing in particular, except that the minister may be yet silent.

  4. Harold Edwardsa
    May 12, 2016 at 11:47 am Reply

    I too have not seen the ministers statement on the heinous rape which occurred in the square.
    However , I fully believe that the ministers statement would be bland, taking no responsibility or offering any sympathy/ empathy for the victims and the their family.
    This is one of the worse performing ministers in the history of politics in St.Lucia. The man is incompetent shows no interest in or understanding of his portfolio.
    Should the SLP win the election and Kenny was to impose this unelected arrogant uncaring LaCorb , then matters of crime and security will only deteriorate

  5. The Engineer
    May 12, 2016 at 3:51 pm Reply


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