Saint Lucia Police have reported making an arrest in connection with the country’s latest homicide.
Acting Superintendent Andre Collymore told a news conference Wednesday that at about 7:55 pm Tuesday night, the CID was informed of a stabbing incident on Jeremie Street.
Collymore disclosed that as part of their investigation, officers went to Victoria Hospital where they were informed of the death of Charles Justin of Plateau, Babonneau.
“I must inform the public that they have arrested one person in connection with that latest homicide,” Acting Superintendent Collymore said.
Saint Lucia has so far recorded 31 homicides for this year, equalling the total number of homicides for the whole of last year.
Collymore said law enforcers are obviously concerned about the spike in killings.
But he sought to allay the fears of members of the public by disclosing that the police have solved about 51 percent of the homicides to date.
Explaining what he meant by solving homicides, Collymore said:
“We look at it in relation to arrests – some matters we have sent to the DPP for advice; other matters we have been informed that they will be sent to inquests – that’s what we’re talking about.”
“We are trying our best to see how we can put a stop to or diminish the spate of crime in Saint Lucia,” the senior police official explained.
“We are doing especially operations – we have target operations that we are currently doing. In fact this week there have been operations going on almost every day, ” he told reporters.
The country’s latest homicide victim, Charles Justin, also known as ‘Stanley’ had a murder charge against him dropped in November, 2016.
He had been charged along with Neil Wilson also known as “Jerry” in connection with the death of Dean Monlouis of La Guerre, Babonneau.
The body of Monlouis was discovered in a shallow grave on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Plateau Babonneau.