The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Equity, Donovan Williams, has described Friday’s armed robbery of the Manager of the visiting Dominica Under 16 National Netball team as unfortunate.
Fiona Vidal had her bag snatched by a man as she and members of the Dominica contingent emerged from the KFC outlet in Castries, after dining at the fast food restaurant.
The bag contained over $14,000 plus a credit card, travel documents and a mobile telephone -among other valuables.
“For us the critical thing is the well being of the young netballers,” Donovan Williams told reporters Tuesday.
He explained that the matter is now part of a police investigation and as a result, officials here would prefer for the police to do their work.
Williams disclosed that his ministry has been in touch with the visitors ever since the incident and is providing support, including the provision of accommodation and meals.
“It is an unfortunate incident – something that we would have liked not to have happened, but our focus is the well being of the youngsters and we have provided the support that is necessary,” the PS stated.
“I am not aware that they have lost their passports – I think based on some of the information that has come to us its the passports associated with the management team, but the actual netballers have their passports,” Williams explained.
The PS said that his ministry will be in touch the Immigration Department to ensure that there are no issues in relation to the ability of members of the Dominica contingent to travel back home.
He said the crime issue is a problem that Saint Lucia has and all citizens have to cooperate in finding a way to stamp it out.
“We all have to say very publicly that this is unacceptable in our society,” Williams declared, adding that crime was not a matter just for the police, but for everyone.