National Security Minister says “torture” videos a warning to young people

The National Security minister, Senator Hermangild Francis has described as “unfortunate” videos that surfaced on social media over the weekend, showing a young St Lucian man being held hostage and tortured overseas in an apparent drug move gone bad.

Senator Francis said he plans to meet with the Commissioner of Police today to discuss the matter.

However he stated that the incident should serve as a warning to other youth that criminals in the drugs trade are vicious and the lure of quick money does not pay.

In the video the handcuffed youth is wearing what appears to be a blood-stained shirt and is pleading for his life.

“Mommy, tell Shawn pay the people for me – mommy, mommy, the people go kill me! The people go cut my head!” The victim says as automatic weapons are pointed at his head.

In another video the victim is seen lying on the ground while two men, one with an automatic weapon and another with a chain saw, stand over him.

Senator Francis said it was a “terrible” situation and he sympathizes with the victim’s family.

He said the situation should serve as a warning to youth to stay away from the illegal drugs trade.

“It just shows  and tells our young people in St Lucia that yes you may get through once, twice, three times, but you gonna be caught. And if you are caught, this is some of the penalties that you will have to face. So it’s really not a good trade to get yourself involved in,” he said.

He said while the lure of quick money and fancy vehicles may be attractive, “those persons from outside are very vicious”. “they do not care who you are or what job you have, whatever they want, as long as you do not pay, you are going to have to meet the piper and sing the tune.”

He hopes the person he mentions on the video can come to his senses and make the payment being demanded.

Francis added that he’s very concerned about illegal drugs and firearms being brought into St Lucia through the Venezuelan drug connections.

He said the current political turmoil in Venezuelan has left many Venezuelans desperate and now they are coming to St Lucia.

There are at least three Venezuelans currently detained at Bordelais Correctional Facility, he said.

“This is worrying,” Francis said. “This is very very worrying. These guys will do anything and it stretches our armed forces so it is of very great concern to me.”

He plans to meet with the External Affairs Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun and the Venezuelan Ambassador with a view to stemming the flow of Venezuelans coming to St Lucia.


  1. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I want them out please stop them from coming they are just dirty , I lived there for some time naturally they are bad people drugs or not , and some st Lucian don’t like paying they diets to much they jealous likes nice things and you see what they getting for that am feeling so hurt for that young boy I do not want to see that video at all from the time I saw a lift of it I said no I cannot watch that no way omg father .

  2. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm


    Where are all the so called” under cover cops” who seat in their AC vehicles all day clam they doing servaillance uh, this case is to risky for ull. SMH.

    1. Anonymous
      July 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      they watchin the police bro

      1. Anonymous
        July 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm

        Soo true, they don’t do jack but fight agsinst each other. That effort should be placed in crime prevention.

  3. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Close your pipe fool . You have No idea of what you saying. So the undercover cops must make themselves known? Or their work.

  4. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Soo true
    , they don’t do jack but fight agsinst each other. That effort should be placed in crime prevention. Where is the survaillance.

  5. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Lucians are something else may God have mercy on our lives!!!

  6. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Then again who’s to blame the youth for making an income that way .there is no form of employment in St Lucia .you’re never qualified enough,and even if you are with all your schooling, the preferential ways of the system still stand against you ….

    1. truth be told
      July 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      last I checked the drug trade is all over so stop with the nonsense of no form of employment please, all u doin is giving those ppl excuse to keep doin Wat they are doing.

  7. QQ
    July 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    So that gives him the right to get involved in the drug trade when he can do something meaningful. All they want is quick money, nice ride and big chains in their neck.

    1. The Advocate
      July 24, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      How right u r!

  8. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Why immigration had to allow these ppl entry?????

  9. truth be told
    July 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    won’t be surprise his mother was speaking to him but now u get caught for Sean u cryin mommy how do they know u obviously u played the brave soldier and showed up for Sean, hmm flashing have it price, and if we think the rest will learn we jus start receiving those videos

  10. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Let’s keep watch for ourselves. Did you read the news carefully. Three Venezuelans are detained at Bordelaise.

    1. Ivana Cardinale
      July 25, 2017 at 9:55 am

      I strongly believe that they are Colombians with Venezuelan IDs the ones that got arrested. Unfortunately, there are 6 million Colombians in Venezuela and since they arrived, Venezuelans knew what is to be robbed, killed, kidnapped, etc. bringing their drugs and guns to Venezuela. Colombia is the biggest cocaine producer and exporter in the world, not Venezuela. 80% of the cocaine produced in Colombia goes through the Colombian Pacific coast, only 10% of the Colombian cocaine goes through Venezuela, and the other 10% goes through Colombian Caribbean coast. The Colombian cartels are related with the Mexican cartels. Kidnapping, killing, dismemberment of bodies, are some of their procedures to terrorized their victims. Cartels aren’t people. Life has no value for them.

  11. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Spirit of death is dwelling in this place.

  12. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Ok…start from the top…stop talking sh…how about the Syrians..abd the police men in the drugs …too…..these are the ones that start stop ..talking like.. Mr gill big fish don’t know he in it too…

  13. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Of course he in it..bad boys…bay boys….wat I gonna do …when the cops come for u….so much ……fellas the police kill out at sea ..and take they drugs already…dirty cops …..same in the police force … the government…the PM need to investigate them….ask about the big houses …And then big chains …..And big hero the officers…have ..where they get it from…when I. And I know very well they salary scale canot give it to them….so let us go back to the drawing board….Ok…..

    1. Anon1
      July 25, 2017 at 8:40 am

      So so true!

  14. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    So right..

  15. Troubled
    July 25, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I have looked at this video over and over. Is there something missing, or does this looked staged to me. I not seeing a burst mouth, so where is the blood coming from. The punches he getting not looking so heavily placed, unless the persons are weak. I am not saying that this guy may be in trouble but this just a little too much like a staged act.
    Where are the detectives/forensics experts etc etc, to trace back where the link of the video originated. In case anyone is asking, yes it can be done.

  16. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Where are all the under cover cops inplain clothes…. Make sure youll dont get get unto the venezeluans way…. youll gone die un ruin your pair of shoes for sure

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