Francis urges speedy probe into killing of alleged bandit

Human Rights campaigner, Mary Francis, has called for a speedy investigation into the fatal police shooting of an alleged bandit recently.

Simeon Joseph of Balata was shot dead  on Friday night when he and two other men allegedly attempted to rob a Special Police Constable who was in plain clothes in George V Park.

(Simeon Joseph)

Mary Francis, who is the Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights, told the Times that it was important to have systems in place to ensure transparency and accountability when citizens die at the hands of the police.

The Attorney at Law told the Times it was important to avoid the mistakes of the past.

She explained that she was aware of media reports indicating that the George V Park shooting was being investigated by the police.

“So far so good, but it has to go on to the DPP who would then make the final decision as to whether an inquest would follow or there will be criminal prosecution – but my concern has always been the time factor and the delay sometimes in getting this process to be completed,” Francis stated.

She observed that over the years the process takes such a long time that the six month window of opportunity which citizens have to sue the state for wrongdoing elapses before the police conclude their investigation.

Francis recalled that she had written to the authorities regarding the limitation period which she feels is ‘antiquated’.

“There is a six month limitation period for suing the state – six months from the date of the incident,” the Attorney at Law observed.

She said she had a meeting last year with the Minister of Justice and urged that the period be lengthened to at least 18 months.

Francis asserted that there is a fundamental rights provision in the constitution which guarantees everyone a right to a fair hearing in a civil or criminal matter before an independent court within a reasonable time.

“How can you then say you can have access to justice for your cause against the state when you have just a short period of six months?” She said.

The Human Rights official declared that such a provision in effect denies access to justice.

She called for it to be reviewed.

Miranda Job, the sister of Simeon Joseph who was fatally shot in George V Park, told reporters that her brother did not deserve to die that way.

(Miranda Job)

Job said members of the family will be exploring legal options after the funeral.

36 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Tell Mary Francis shoosh and stop encouraging criminals she is the reason why St lucia has so many criminals

    1. Anonymous
      July 24, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Mary Francis is right becuz police office’s does do want deh want, they are the criminals

  2. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Agreed time for these thieves to stop these so call wangstas all they want to do is smoke tones weed and thief people

  3. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Mary may God be with you

  4. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Smh is this lady for real? Garcon huh

  5. Box head
    July 22, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Mary never knock it uh but she sock it already

  6. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Mazair Mary Francis.. paychew .mama taweng

  7. Box head
    July 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Mary why don’t you shut your mouth and go into retirement.if you are already broke fighting for these criminals will not make you rich.with the salopteh you always talking when a criminal bite the dust.

  8. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Mary francis you need to shut your DAMN mouth….that is the only time ppl will hear your damn mouth…..what about the other killings for 2017 …..I hope when one pounce on you, you will be able to open your damn mouth…Chooops tun…….i so vex dere

  9. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Mary with due respect paw chew.

  10. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Wow..Wow ..WoW…thought ST Lucians were tough to respect Our elders…wow Shm..what is going on…dont worry God is on his way.will all the big mouth you’ll have..reason why you’ll are going back wards.hahaha..thank God for Chasnett. ..agree with Ms.Mary the law is the law..justice for all.waite till they catch you’ll family then you all will be signing Coock ke yoco..

    1. Anonymous
      July 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

      what about the other murders that she says nothing on.elder mary look like a spade.

    2. Anonymous
      July 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

      elder chewps what about the other killings nothing from her (Words deleted).

    3. Anonymous
      July 22, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Seems like ur job is the same as the criminal thy shot.

  11. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Its time it happens to her ,maybe then she shut up and stop encouraging criminals

  12. Citizen too
    July 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I applaud the officer. Defend yourself man. If I were the one these three tried to rob maybe just maybe I would be dead. Who knows he could have been dead too if the guy was not shot. It’s time that robbing of citizens stop. This is our st Lucia we all should feel free in it.
    The two others lucky. Now sister coming to say no sense. The sister better go in the deceased house and see how many people things he still already and take to the police so the victims can get their stuff back.
    Day ban volai…….chooops

  13. Reality
    July 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Mary please. Stop the nonsense. While being attended to one the ground the man still had a knife holding onto. If it was an intentional act of maliciousness they would have given him more than one shot. Sorry for three family lost but it it’s what it is. Mary would you be probing into investigations had it been the cop that died? Please don’t make the bad ones think it’s ok to do bad.

  14. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Paw Chew ou mem.toshon twzen

  15. seriously
    July 22, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Mary r u for real ur mouth was shut all of a sudden a drop open all the intelligence u have u ER check the. Police 👮 have right dis time around I want to know Mary wat u have wit police u hate dam so u rather the thieves had kill the police instead mama awa Mary u real have guts

  16. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Mary is the biggest theif

    1. Anonymous
      July 22, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Women and children get raped and killed, not a word from MARY. When a hard working citizen defends himself and loved ones against criminals then you come out blowing your trumpet. You’re too bias. What message are you sending out to the criminals? Its ok, do your crime, I will fight for you and your family, you fighting for compensation for killers and rapist but the victims have no rights. This innocent 8year old in La Clery got killed when they came to finish off the big sister because she witnessed a crime, mother got shot, father got hurt, you said nothing. We cannot let a handfull of criminals terrorize our country. I say take them out, it can be my children, I will never support crime You afraid of the criminals so you have to show them you supporting them, Continue, it will reach your doorsteps one of these days, I hope they show you mercy. Give the people back their land.

  17. Vibz
    July 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

    People, as I’ve said previously, if the police officer’s account of the incident is correct, then he was fully justified in using lethal force to protect his life. But anytime a life is lost in a circumstance of this nature an inquiry must be done to ascertain the facts. So nothing is wrong about Mary’s proposition. Mary seems to be a pinata for some of you. Stop vilifying the woman for trying to ensure that our lawful rights are not being infringed or violated. One has to be supremely ignorant or intellectually disabled to constantly attack this fair lady for her commendable advocacy. Keep on Mary despite the naysayers and the unbelievable abuse that you have to endure. Don’t get tired of doing good. Fight on brave warrior.

  18. Mary Francis has a serious problem!
    July 22, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Mary with all the respect . I think you have something personal against the police. Officer you damn right!!!!! You should kill allllll!!!

  19. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Where is Mary Office located so I could assault her and hope she will defend me if arrested. ahh Human Rights *sarcasm* . N.B I have no intention to assault Mrs. Mary

  20. Upset..
    July 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

    That mama visiers has some serious thing going against the police..I wonder if tht woman wanted a cop and did not get him..choops tan..

  21. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Is this like the first homicide for this year?? Really Mary Francis!?

    To me I didn’t hear you on the other 32! 3 2. Phucking 32!!!!

    Is the Human Rights issue only geared towards the Police?

    According to a former local Judge: “Mary Francis does NOT know the first thing about Human Rights!”

  22. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Mary Francis has the right to speak on police brutality. It has been her area for years. In this case, she is suggesting that an investigation be done because the bullets does not belong to the off duty police but the Government of St. Lucia. In other words, the police man is a representative of the State. As a result, the State must investigate to rule off any unjust act. If proven to be done in self defense, then the matter can be closed but it must be investigated.

  23. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    The circumstances do not matter. All killings have to be investigated.

  24. Ravi
    July 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    He should have killed all 3.

  25. Greek
    July 22, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Mary Francis,are you for real? You need to stop licking and get licked because your brains not functioning properly. Maybe your doctor needs to change your meds or is it that you are not taking them. Shut your shutters

  26. Anonymous
    July 23, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Mary Francis, a few videos have pop up of the torturing of an innocent hard working discipline honourable young man.. Why not fight for his rights.. You saint Lucian “ISIS”

  27. Princess
    July 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    You’ll Lucian’s so upsetting.let the lady do her job .how your know if the police did not make that story up.urll were there in you’ll .the truth will come out,let the ppl investigate,them police are bigger criminal.well some of them not all police

  28. Princess
    July 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    You’ll Lucian’s upsetting me .give the people a chance ,let them investigate,how you’ll know for sure what really happened.for all we know the police may be make up that story .you never know if Joseph have a personal issue with that officer.let the people investigate,some of them police and bigger criminals.

  29. Amie dodo
    July 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    But the police have every right he ask him to pass it ,so de po po passed it ,if it was me and I had a gun I sure would have past it too! And Mary too,

  30. Sad
    July 23, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I am saddened by most of the disrespectful comments here. Did people even read the news article? Mary has said nothing wrong. I too applaud the officer for defending himself and taking action but this is not what the article is about. Mary Francis is correct. Investigations are mandatory and especially in things of this nature. Whether we think it is a waste of time or not, or that the victim deserved it or not, it is proper protocol and an official word on what happened is necessary. And yes,, perhaps this 6 month period in which families can sue should be lengthened because the investigations and their outcomes seem to take 6 months or more themselves. That’s all the lady is saying. St. Lucians must learn to think critically and not emotionally. Enough with the cuss words and the assault on the lady’s personhood and eyebrows. Human rights advocates ensure that there is balance in our society. I have nothing against the officer’s actions, but Mary Francis is also right in this case.

  31. I rate Mary Francis gasa
    July 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Mary Francis needs to find his accomplices and ask what was going thru their minds n ask them what really happened because it was said the officers was boasting that he threw his wallet on the ground and while the deceased tried to pick it up he shot him in the back so I don’t know…. If he gave him the wallet n still shot him it is actually murder but who am I to judge….. Go look for lucky from balata he is one of the bandits HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP U IN UR INVESTIGATION

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