P.S. says robbery of visiting Dominicans unfortunate

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.


  1. Anonymous
    April 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Capitalism and globalization is responsible for most of the crime in the caribbean

    1. Anonymous
      April 23, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Your comment is best of all the onnes I have ready. You touch on the real reason. The Media should also take the blame.

    2. Anonymous
      April 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

      The Media should also take the blame.

  2. Society
    April 18, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I’m asking questions…..every year…..there are police graduates..where are them…were they trained to only be in police stations…police don’t patrol again..if they do is like in the day alone.. people will start taking justice in their own hands..but anyway is a police force we have..the name says it all..

  3. Anonymous
    April 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Behind their desk playing with their phones of course; unless if is a drugs case, well boy bingo, we hit Jack Pot, gold, next week brand new car, or jeep

  4. Anonymous
    April 18, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    In office; waiteing on a call for drugs, or playing with their phone, what’s new need the drugs m9ney to buy a brand new car of course; walking up and down in the streets of castries will not pay them ; those pretty boys , and pretty girls ,

  5. Relentless
    April 19, 2017 at 7:35 am

    How old is that PS? 70? These people taking ‘permanent’ literally…

  6. Peter Victorin
    April 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Exactly and if you make a little love to them police come out with their stupid talk too much force as though the will measure the force he uses against you I prefer to say “not guilty your honour ” than have Requiem read for me.

  7. Anarchist
    April 23, 2017 at 9:45 am

    those comments … been some time since I posted here… throughout my many traveles I’ve seen some AMAZING things … anyway what Lucia needs is simple more work ..less talk ..more jobs not jokes and how bout some legal guns… cause jah know the criminals have “more gon dan police” so Lucians stand up and shoot back !!! (Words deleted)

  8. Anonymous
    April 23, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Goverment in crisis so is country and ppl

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