Unlawful killing ruled in 3 Cop slayings

Unlawful killing ruled in 3 Cop slayings

Unlawful killing has been ruled in three of five fatal police shootings that took place in May 2011 at Vieux Fort, the Times has been informed.

The shootings took place during the controversial police campaign against crime dubbed – Operation Restore Confidence.

Some twelve persons were killed by local law enforcers during the campaign, amid allegations that the police had a hit list.

Five of those slain by lawmen, Jn Baptiste Mc Farlane, Mitchel Cadette, Allan Lenny Louisy, Myron Dupal and Kevin Ferdinand, died following a police operation in Vieux Fort.

A Coroner’s inquest which concluded on Friday,  returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of three of the so-called “Vieux Fort Five”.

The three were identified as Jn Baptiste Mc Farlene, Mitchel Cadette and Allan Lenny Louisy.

The inquest ruled death by misadventure and returned an open verdict in the case of the other two men, it is reported.

Outspoken Human Rights Activist, Mary Francis, who is also an Attorney at Law representing the Louisy family, told the Times she was pleased with the outcome of the inquest.

She said the verdicts offered a glimmer of hope for family members of the “Vieux Fort five.”

Francis recalled that after a break of about two to three years, the inquest first started in 2012 and had to be aborted because important evidence, such as the testing of guns, was not available.

However she noted that the process continued.

“Justice will prevail in the end,” Francis declared.

The outspoken Human Rights Activist asserted that there was compelling evidence presented during the earlier parts of the inquest that she attended.

“Three men found in the jeep yet police could not bring forth any evidence of any guns – no guns were found by the evidence given at the inquest; no guns in the jeep where you had three men shot dead and bullet holes in the jeep,” Francis told the Times.

She declared that just like any private citizen who commits murder, the police must answer for their actions.

“Something went terribly wrong in this country that has to be corrected,” Francis told the Times.

She expressed the view that there are now sufficient grounds to proceed to the High Court to obtain compensation for the family members of the deceased men.

But Francis also said that the criminal aspect of the matter has to be pursued.

She asserted that the matter cannot be allowed to be forgotten.

Francis told the Times that the verdict of the inquest represents further evidence that can be presented to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in dealing with the police killings during Operation Restore Confidence.

A report by the Jamaican Constabulary Force into the 12 killings by the St Lucia police between 2010 and 2011, found that all of them were fake encounters to facilitate executions.

Excerpts of the report, read by Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony during a broadcast to the nation on March 8, 2015, said that weapons were planted by cops and death lists were circulated in the force.

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34 Comments

  1. Woy!
    May 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Oh boy so what now?

  2. Philozoff
    May 28, 2016 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Lucians must be mindful of the timing for the results of the inquest. Just before a hotly contested elections when most people are going to be distracted by political activity and to place the focus or laser beam on the UWP to influence the results of the election. That’s how devious and nasty that SLP administration is.

    They have been playing a very sinister kind of politics with a very grave issue and that is sick. The people who lost their lives in this debacle and ill advised police operation as well as their loved ones deserve better than what this government has been doing.

    But I want to commend Mary Francis for the work that she is doing to bring justice to these victims and their families. People must be brought to account and the families must sue the state for wrongful death.

    1. Anonymous
      May 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm Reply

      I want justice in yrl mdc

    2. good for dem
      May 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Reply

      Oh please Philozoff! Apparently you do not live in St. Lucia. You probably an ex-pat living overseas talking about wrongful death? gimme a break. Get with the program. These guys had been terrorizing people-all 11 of dem- robberies, drug dealers, gangsters etc. What good are they for the country? We living in St. Lucia know it and feel it. Innocent people are caught in the cross hairs when these guys commit their crimes. I say good riddance!

      1. Guava Jelly
        May 28, 2016 at 11:35 pm Reply

        You Sick can’t.

        G.J

      2. narissa
        May 29, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply

        That is it.

    3. tete beouf
      May 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm Reply

      really ??? then again I am a confirmed conspiracy theorist so who knows ..lol isn’t there a clear separation of the 3 government bodies ..? and this would involved more than one person,,any hoo just saying

    4. Guava Jelly
      May 28, 2016 at 11:32 pm Reply

      Yeah philozof Them fellas playing politics with peoples lives. I really think that Kenny and his gang has reached their rope’s end. now is the time for them to hang themselves with their own rope.

      G.J

    5. Grande
      May 29, 2016 at 5:04 am Reply

      Very well said!!philozoff!!?

    6. Boujon Guiyave
      May 30, 2016 at 4:15 am Reply

      I would not call SLP as a result of that Philozoff! I would rather look at it as the Party being very strategic or tactful in its operations. Sadly politics is that kind of game in which parties seek advantageous positions and will grab it for themselves or try to prevent their opponents making use of it.

      I think your problem is you are not detached from events. Stand back and view the situation with an objective eye and perhaps you will more balanced in criticisms. All leading up to today (the verdict) the call from UWP was to do something about this mess. Everything the government done was never good in their eyes. So if the SLP saw that UWP was playing politics with the situation why stand up right now and blame it for out smarting the opposition?

      Personally I have no sympathy for these criminals. In fact I had nothing good to say about Mary Francis when she used to tout her snout about the rights of the scum bags. I am sure many St Lucians like me feel that they got just what they deserved. But equally we feel they same way about the officers found to killed them unlawfully. To me the spotlight is on no other but the tactless police force who seemed unable to mount a successful law and order operation. What I mean is if you going to do something unlawful do it so that you don’t get caught. Isn’t that the reason why all those that can be accused of committing a crime are washing their hands of the situation.

      Blame SLP all you want but understand they have nothing wrong (as they say in political circles). They are only exploiting the blunders that too place under the watch of the past government. If you tell me UWP wouldn’t do the same given the chance I will point to you how much they have tried and failed. Two late examples of their efforts are how vigorously they pursued the Juffali affair and how Chastanet is ready to interfere in the internal affairs of Antigua to make a point at home.

  3. Anonymous
    May 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm Reply

    There we go if politics isn’t mention then nothing is good.choops tan

  4. Nonsence
    May 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply

    KILL THEM ALL AND DONE THE POLICE RIGHTTTTTTTTTT NEXT LIST PLEASE MAKE SURE THIS ONE HAS ALL THE RAPIST ON IT TO GOOD JOB POLICE MEN ??????

  5. illuminati
    May 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply

    These guys take over laclery an all.over killing stealing robbery kill the young girl in her bed you.mean to tell me people still ask for justice for these murderers really.come up laclery for an interview about them, it’s a better place without them we feel free

  6. good for dem
    May 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm Reply

    who cares???????????? seriously? justice? for these lower than dirt a***holes? what about the families waiting for justice when these idiots commit crime? These lowlifes were up to no good and if they were alive they would be killing innocent people! go to hell you dumb criminals! hit list or not, kudos to the police for getting rid of the scum. The idiot who said they had more guns than the police was involved in a brazen robbery and the police killed the animal too. great job RSLPF! Take our country back!

  7. Anonymous
    May 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Okkk when will we hear about shakadun

  8. Anonymous
    May 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

    You know crimes and pain them fellas cause. Justice for them …. they got what they deserved the only crime i see is that they around for soo long causign soo much problems. smh

  9. Anonymous
    May 29, 2016 at 12:18 am Reply

    And that’s the reason why some of the top cops visas was revoked police training stop ammunition for the force stop coming from the USA the eu coming down hard on st Lucia not the dirty cops but our sweet st Lucia it’s time for that whole matter to be solved once and for all those who thinking if Kenny goes this matter will go away keep dreaming.

  10. Anonymous
    May 29, 2016 at 5:44 am Reply

    Mary Francis must be very careful. There is information about her reference to this case the police that will surprise her

  11. Anonymous
    May 29, 2016 at 5:57 am Reply

    Can the police get a fair hearing after the PM said all the encounters were staged and weapons planted? The conduct and verdict of this inquest smell a rat. There is an application before the high Court to stay this inquest on the grounds that the pm’s pronouncements have prejudice the jury. Magistrate refused to grant a two wk adjournment to facilitate a judge hearing the application. After a three year adjournment all of a sudden he was in a rush to finish before end of May. Was he under instructions? The police will definitely challenge both the conduct and outcome of this inquest.

    1. Anonymous
      May 29, 2016 at 9:45 pm Reply

      This whole affair is political after doing impacs now u doing what the constitution says to do why have impacs in the first place

      1. Anonymous
        May 31, 2016 at 7:12 am Reply

        If these shootings were staged then it looks like this scene in vieux fort wasn’t part of the alleged fake encounters. No weapons found n yet it is alleged that the police planted weapons. SMH…

    2. Jock fair
      May 30, 2016 at 8:28 pm Reply

      This is one big mess..I do hope that this is resolved as quick as possible and we St lucians are kept abreast with every detail concerning this ruling..We were plagued by those so called bad boys and now they are gone but funny enough this hasn’t changed a lot in our society today as we still have mindless individuals going around taking lives like they own them..I say bring the corporal punishment to thin out the thugs..

  12. Ok den
    May 29, 2016 at 6:56 am Reply

    I guess justice for ural is unlawful killing. If that’s the case then I guess there shouldn’t be any laws to govern the country or the prison should be closed and all criminals should be shot dead or killed ??. I do not Condon the actions for any criminal but this and all the other killings under “operation restore confidence” was not how a country with laws and a prison should have handled that. But then I guess that’s just to show the cracks in the law.. some may say maybe if they got arrested they wud make bail or sum shit. I’d say if the country was really governed by the state laws then Justice would been served the right way. Maybe arresting them n implementing the death sentence… n then with all the right investigations (since apparently they were all notorious criminals) they would have no way to escape the death sentence and all this conspiracy would be avoided. Smh.

  13. lala
    May 29, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply

    It’s old testament style for me…kill and be killed. How can these criminals/murderers expect to take a life and go on living? at my expense.
    Imagine that a murderer will take the life of your family member and your hard earned tax dollar is supposed to keep him well pampered at bordelais.

  14. Anonymous
    May 29, 2016 at 9:55 am Reply

    I hope Mary Francis is happy and she would never have an encounter with a criminal.

  15. Me
    May 29, 2016 at 10:52 am Reply

    Something does not add up to me. All the shootings arose out of the same set of circumstances. No guns were recovered but yer the jury concluded with different verdicts? How can that be.

    So if they believed that the young man whose killing was deemed lawful was armed, but the police did not locate the firearm why not believe so for all the others.

    By the way which set of criminals go to rob without weapons.

    The PM said that the scene was staged. The jury apparently did not believe that.

    Could these officers have ever gotten a fair hearing after all that publicity by the PM. I guess not.

    This verdict for me raises more questions than answers.

  16. playstore
    May 29, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply

    How could an inquest go on in these matter when it clear that the prime minister prejudice this matter with his speech from the start. And with all this media coverage, this inquest should never have happened. SlP administration your time is coming to an end. Tanto!Tanto!

  17. Sexydiva
    May 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply

    What about all the people those criminals killed I am with the police a 100 percent. You leave by the gun you die by the gun

  18. Sad-But-True
    May 29, 2016 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Hold the police responsible and seek JUSTICE.

  19. princess
    May 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm Reply

    So these fools could have all of us living in fear for months and at this point we should cry for them? …..how many of u were afraid to go to town? Afraid to send kids to school? Remember cow boy city? Remember when all we heard were shots? Bloody two face people…remember the school boy who got shot in the jaw…remember when the police officer was shot and killed infront bosl water front?….after saying on the news *we have guns*….when these criminals come into our homes and rape our women who will cry for us???..rape our school girls!!!….rape our store clerks….. Do these people say excuse me before they shoot!!!……..as far as i know the only thing the police did wrong was not taking out the rest of the people on the list…. i refuse to glorify criminals….shoot them all!!!! We need another round of ORC.

  20. Anonymous
    May 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm Reply

    The police could have done a cleaner job instead of going in all Dirty Harry and Rambo Mode. These guys would be dead and there would be so much speculation that the US would not intervene.

  21. Bebe
    May 29, 2016 at 11:25 pm Reply

    Shut down de country to show that we support our police. Kenny knew that would be out. So he ran to call election. Get Kenny and his party out. Let us demonstrate.

  22. Wam there
    May 30, 2016 at 8:38 am Reply

    Ok. There we go in following the OUR Judicial process. So why did we need the IMPACS team when our Justice system would have handled the matter? Several questions arise as a result of this verdict. Was money spent on IMPACS and why?

    Secondly, if we are to say that the result of this inquest validates what IMPACS was saying then what would be the situation in the Chakadan killing? Could the killing of Chakadan be said also to be linked to the involvement of the government and business people? This is why Investigations are supposed to be handled by the police and not the government, and all evidence transferred to DPP and not government.

    I wonder if the advise given to the PM by the US was to allow the matters to proceed through the Courts as evidenced now? Then again, WHY IMPACS?

  23. Aa aaa
    May 30, 2016 at 2:42 pm Reply

    All of you’ll dat beating you’ll A_ _ no family of yours especially you’ll MOTHER didn’t die by one of these murders guns so shut you’ll A_ S who feels it knows it the police RIGHT another list please

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