Venezuelan authorities have “torture” video: Ambassador

Authorities in Venezuela are in possession of the “torture” video which shows a St Lucian man being held hostage and beaten.

Venezuela’s Ambassador to St Lucia Leiff Escalona confirmed that her embassy had forwarded the information to Venezuelan Authorities.

However the Ambassador said she could not confirm whether the captors heard on the recordings are indeed Venezuelan.

“The authorities cannot act based on rumours. We don’t know if the situation really happened in Venezuela, if the individuals are Venezuelan as you mentioned. We don’t know,” she said.

The graphic video, which first surfaced over the weekend, has sent shockwaves throughout St Lucia.

It shows 19 year old Scott Atkins of Desruisseaux, wearing what appears to be a blood-stained shirt, handcuffed and suspended from the ceiling by his hands, 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 Atkins is seen lying on the ground while two men, one with an automatic weapon and another with a chain saw, stand over him.

In yet another video the victim is shown being beaten and hit on the head with a handgun.

The victim’s mother has refused to comment on the videos apparently out of concern for her son’s safety.

Escalona told RCI’s News-Spin program Wednesday that the embassy sympathizes with the young man’s family and she hopes the situation could be resolved.

The Venezuelan Ambassador said her embassy had forwarded the information that it received to the authorities in Venezuela. She did not indicate which branch of the government was in receipt of the information or whether an active investigation was underway.

“Our embassy has sent the little and very inexact information that has been received to the authorities in Venezuela and we are waiting – maybe I’m not sure. But the authorities have the information now.”

According to the Ambassador, the government of Venezuela stands ready to assist St Lucia and other Caribbean countries in the fight against the illegal drugs trade.

Venezuela has been gripped by political instability with almost daily street protests which has left more than one hundred people killed since April 1, according to the BBC.

The unrest has further hammered an imploding economy that is running short of food and medicine.


  1. Paulina M
    July 27, 2017 at 6:21 am

    This ambassador is VERY defensive. We need to start scrutinizing these Venezuelans more at the ports of entry.

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

      They are being scrutinized…

    2. Anonymous
      July 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      This is not Venezuela. This is in Brazil. The men aren’t speaking Spanish, they’re speaking Portugese and a little bit of French.

  2. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Listen he is alive and well. Sent a voice note to his people asking them to remove the videos. After putting the whole of St lucia on alert. People praying and everything. He needs to be severely punished

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 8:36 am

      that voice note should be broadcasted then

    2. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      It’s true I heard the voice note as well he does want them to take the videos down and he said Sean asked for two weeks to pay so leave the police out of it.

      1. Anonymous
        July 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm

        That does not mean that he is “well”. Just alive. The videos were probably originally addressed to the relevant people–and then were shared and went viral. Why would his captors want the authorities involved? Think.

    3. The Advocate
      July 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

      A voice note? Why not send another video? And that’s about all I’m gonna say on this. I’ve had enough of this one. Next story please!

      1. Anonymous
        July 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm

        Smh some ppl you think this is a movie and you have a heart anyways God bless you

  3. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 6:50 am

    What a joke………
    Family members we need to the the truth.okay

  4. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 6:52 am

    (Word deleted) how u know he is alive and well have u seen him or touched him?

  5. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Scott we love you up Agard hope u ok

  6. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 7:04 am

    He asked to remove the videos simply bcuz if shawn gets arrested then they will kill him faster. Shawn cant pay the ppl if shawn is locked up can he?? And the guy has to follow instructions, wat ever they tell him to say is wat he will say. Did some of u even listen to the vn??

    1. Smh
      July 27, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Ikr…smh…some ppl are jus so quick to talk nonsense..if u cant understand the language all u do is translate rather than jus assume.he was told to ask his ppl to remove them cuz it was catching too much attention and they need shawn to pay…u are right if he is locked up or sum how can he do so. .the videos was for the family to get to shawn not so the whole world could know…#wish some ppl would jus learn how to see read and shut up…choopz

      1. Anonymous
        July 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

        Shawn needs to be locked up go find a dam job not selling Coke and weed look now people paying for you and if police shoot him they’ll say he wanted to change mothers stop helping your kids in wrong doings look what fast money can do

    2. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Why did they make the video to begin with? Is this all just a big prank? Are these a bunch of idiots who tried something and now that it has blown up can’t handle the backlash?

    3. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      A lot of people seem to believe that Lucians just do things for attention, and that things could never be that serious. They stick their head in the sand so it won’t feel like its their problem. They play like they don’t need to care because its just “for attention”.

  7. T
    July 27, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Look stories wiii, I neva see such. Smh

  8. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Well the same way they sent video of the torture he should send a video saying he is okay proving that he us intact in good health and not in danger.

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 8:35 am

      I agree!

    2. The Advocate
      July 28, 2017 at 7:16 am

      I totally agree. All of a sudden you can’t send videos anymore?

  9. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I feel sorry for him but Only he, Scott, and the men with weapons in the video know what’s really going on. Drugs and fast money don’t play. Young men work may be hard to get but it’s better to make an honest living than to find yourself in such situations

    1. RJC
      July 27, 2017 at 10:14 am

      I like your voice of reason. People are speculating about whether this is a prank, when the video was made, whether Shawn cates or not. This is really not the message I hope our people would get from this. Drugs, guns, prostitution, and fast money does not pay. We are degrading our country. As a St. Lucian living abroad, it is both shameful and heart breaking. We are killing tourism. We are killing our livelihood. We are killing our very existence.

      1. Merciful
        July 29, 2017 at 9:08 am

        Is tourism paying the citizens of St Lucia,? Is the government doing anything to assist citizens with means of employment?

  10. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 8:37 am

    In this situation I hope he comes out alive cause normally even if they get paid they are going to teach Shaun a lesson and it’s clear this boy life mean nothing to shaun cause he is being tortured and nothing yet. Looking at scott Akins Facebook page it shows him with guns drugs and what is suspected as Spanish or Venezuelan individuals I think the family know more than they are saying. A young man like this lead astray to drugs now his life is worth what. It’s sad but there is more to the story, recently a man died in Dennery it was said they were fishing for red snapper but two Venezuelans on board their vessel this has to stop. St lucia is ranked in the top 10 for the worse places to visit. I don’t even tell people I am from the island anymore. We need a change and the change starts with us

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      What are you talking about??? St. Lucia is ranked in the top 5 best places in the Caribbean to visit!!! Some of the number 1 hotels in the world! Where you getting your facts from? Sometimes I does wonder if individuals like yourself seriously think crime reside only in St. Lucia! You did us a favor not claiming the island …. Let us know who you are so a Public Service Announcement about your disownment can known nation wide! Don’t come back … we don’t want you! Batezzzzz

      1. The Advocate
        July 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

        So just because we’re in the top 5 best means we are not among the top 10 worst? Have you done your research?

      2. Anonymous
        July 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

        lol y’all are funny. There are so many places worse than st.Lucia. Some of y’all get a chance to leave Lucian soil without papers and it’s not like yalll don’t want to come back. Let’s be real here; YOU GUYS CANT COME BACK OR HAVE NO MONEY TO COME BACK. So stay in y’all 4×4 and talk about not claiming the island. We don’t want your ignorant self there anyways

  11. Jabal
    July 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I hope the Video doesn’t get ‘contaminated’ like the barrels that were sent to the students they gave scholarships to their fake medical school. That Ambassador does not speak a work=d of truth.

  12. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I agree with

  13. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Sigh…i eh mean to be rude, but who believes that video is a prank gone wrong. But seriously…whos to say is in venezuela that was filmed?

  14. Prime minister Chastenet
    July 27, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I am gonna send in my troops to rescue our native citizen.dont worry st.lucia I have yall backs. Just need to sell more land down south.

    1. Anonymous
      July 28, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Jack a$$

  15. RJC
    July 27, 2017 at 10:01 am

    This is a deplorable situation. It is so sad to see my people go astray. St. Lucia is such a beautiful place and we have such a rich culture. People would marvel when I tell them that I am from St. Lucia. It is becoming such a shame how we are constantly in the news for the wrong reasons. My people, we no longer have bananas (green gold). We depend on tourism and we are a tiny island of 238 Sq Miles. We are no way near self sufficient. We are living in a world of technology where word travels like lightening. People, the world is watching and please do not take it for granted because tourist have a world out there where they can travel to. We are only a dot on the map, never forget that. When I travel, my safety means the world to me. It appears we have become immune to crime, drugs, and immorality. But it starts at the top. Parents, shun the appearance of evil in your household. Someone mentiined in this forum that work is hard to find and she warns our people to make wise choices. Let me echo her by adding that easy money comes with much headache and grief. Crucked politicians seem to be burying their heads in all the wrong places. We need more radio and TV programs, preachers, teachers, the health care sector, and law enforcement to unify in reclaiming our people, our country, our land. Bring back national pride and respect and dignity. We used to set high standards, show respect, set high values, and show regard for humanity and Human life. Where did all of that go??? St. Lucians wake up live within your means, there is nothing proud about becoming scum of the West Indies because this seem to be our current destination. Shun even the appearance of evil…

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Well said and very truthful. I’m a st.lucian living abroad and yes I do feel a degree of embarrassment to say that I’m a st. Lucian, that was never the case. We really must do better, if not for the present generation then for the future generations.

  16. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I heard an audio his lil cuz said us since last yr that happen and lil scott us know more abd they jus release the vudeo abd fotos .so u guess the ppl want sgawn and his family get frustrated so they release cause mayb they life at risk also ..then scott if is a prank you traumatize a lot of ppl

  17. Jay
    July 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

    To RJC post….I second the motion. Your post is extremely note worthy and I must say that you are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. Thanks for your thoughtful insight and observation regarding St. Lucia.

    This forum should be used as a tool to educate, uplift and encourage the much needed 💯 percent change for the welfare and well being of St. Lucia and it’s citizens.

    God bless

  18. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

    They made him send a vn so thats wat he did. How can he just send a video smh. The guy is abiding wat they tell him to say and do

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 11:25 am

      I want to see the video where he saying he alright.too many rumours

      1. ja! ja! ja!
        July 27, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        its not a video its a voice note

  19. Mission Impossible
    July 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The authorities need to identify and arrest Shaun on suspicion of drug trafficking and/or money laundering. Once they have Shaun in custody the big bosses in Venezuela will send an ‘extraction team’ from Venezuela by go-fast boats to remove Shaun from the BCF (or wherever he will be held) like they did a few years when they sent a team to remove two prisoners from the BCF. They will release their 19 year hostage when Shaun is safely in their clutches.

  20. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    The island is so small they cannot figure out who Shawn is??????? That could solve some of the problems. What is the Police doing about the video ??????

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Why would they tell us? Such a sensitive situation sounds like something that would be classified while under investigation, no?

  21. Who feels it knows it
    July 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The people in authorities really silent on this and not making much of an effort. I always laugh at the mention of politics but if steps can be taken to track ones calls. I’m sure technology is advance enough to track where the info is derived from. Y’all so disgusting man. Allowing this to escalate. I’m sure much would have been done had it been one of their relatives. Regardless of what is done that’s a young man’s life. Everyone has too many stones to throw in his judgement. Idk him but love first should encourage ones to strengthen him and the family at this time.

  22. f p jean
    July 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    May god strengthen his mother because this is not an easy thing for anymother to hv to go through no matter how delinquent the childr is

  23. Percy
    July 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Lucia listen up! Isn’t that the same Escalona/ Venezuelan Ambassador who after two expensive barrels of goods were sent to them( NB; barrels still in transit after a year lol) said that she never new barrels were sent. Even when there were pics of her receiving the barrels from the parents and ministry official! Study her statement from the newspin: lies lies lies!! To trust this woman with such a delicate issue would make the proverb true: “A drowning man will clutch at a straw!” I am nauseated!

  24. man who watch the news
    July 27, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    That is messed up i feel the law should have the interpol or british commission to have some special forces to aprehend that boy .it long he have been in captivity.i mean the law cant just sit down and wait for the boy to die.rescue the the young man and have his brother arrest for taking money from Venezuelans.cause seems to me like extortion.i mean show the youth that u want best for them.and saying that it is a lesson for young people to learn is not going to help them.we need to see what is the root to all the problems with crime and break the chain of slavery among them put stuff in place so people could turn away from crime and restore peace to every community

  25. man who watch the news
    July 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Alot of dishonesty among bosses not properly paying or workers not getting paid at all now young people pick up the same attitude to transform into bobolis and scammers now get their bald asses on a wip.tricking out their way with people.they do to their own people. they try it on other nationals and get their life the cycle of abuse among the people of st.lucia is the leading cause to all the crime in st.lucia,all the killings,and suicides.there need measures put in place to deal with people,in terms of how people are being employed inspections,programs and see to it the abuse cycle ends.release some of the tax burdens on some companies,relief on import duties,have a task forces with offices to enforce fair trade between people and to go out there and seek solutions to tackle the dishonesty and abusing and give out fines to individuals who do mischief.having police walking up and down the streets isnt going to work.having a tasks force whom people can report to will change out the output on crime and the country and develop

  26. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    A a

  27. man who watch the news
    July 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    People say the government dont do anything for the country,,but guess what its the people are the government.we elect people to represent us that we pay every month to govern the usuals economics if something have to change in the country it has to start with us.we have the establishments a developed commerce,i mean st.lucia has done well comparing to many other islands.when the banana industry changed we changed political parties and ever since we continue to do so and our demands are never been met.we need to stop the hypocrisy and lets analyze what we as a people need to analyze.

  28. ja! ja! ja!
    July 27, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    me chou ha is now the Venezuelans will come here for their money

  29. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    This situation is messed up ..ik Wat am about to say ppl wont like to hear it but by the look of it thoes venezuelians will still kill that Shawn fella even if they get that money..smh those guys paying lucians to kill for dem uk masiay..n the worst thing wud be if they get the money before freeing the yute

  30. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Yes let them come for shawn they should come and leave the young boy alone

  31. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Think its fake because he has 2 diffrient hairstyle in the 4 videos small platts are hard to remove

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm


    July 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Jah Know Scott… U no No One Force You…u go n stick urself in urll ting…not expecting u wud of stick…..smh now u have d boss name n pic everywhere like is a ducking joke……atleast past couple months Yal can say urlll Rel enjoy that money…it too late to take down the videos.. n u call our too many names ..Either way ull die…cuz 1 d Fellars Had to Do to Much to get bk they money n sad thinf u fo n stick Shawn in ur Saloptay they might wanna kill him tad…… sighhh #Chups it was nice to nice for u too by 20 U wud of been comfortable enuff to get out if u were smart
    .but d high life was to gud

  33. Worried Sick
    July 27, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I sure don’t think it’s fake and i reaaly feel for that young man…his mother should be selling whatevet it takes to get the money to free him cuz obviously Sean dun eat the ppl money already….smh (Words deleted)

  34. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Fast money Scott played the game is either you win 🏆 or lose a lesson to many more but it breaks my heart to see search a crime

  35. wow
    July 28, 2017 at 4:12 am

    SMH. Would he or Shawn hv shared any of the money had deal gone good with me? The whole family mother, sister, aunty etc. enjoying the benefits. I sure they hv big rides, big houses etc. I here working honestly so hard and supposed to feel sorry for the drug dealers and dishonest young men. LOL

  36. sharon terrell
    July 28, 2017 at 8:31 am

    We need to stop talking as if our country so bad,just thonk of tje other countries who been ahead of St.Lucia for years when it comes to crimes,St.lucia is not the firzt island or country to have someody whos been kidnapped on behalf of drugs.Am looking at the video and the young man shirt,and every time i look at the blood stained shirt,and his eyes close,Scott dont look alive.In that video i dont know we want a video if his alive with month date and year,and we want to see him with eyes open and talking.The young man looks dead in the video.And thats alot of bleeding to still be alive.And we need to stop saying the ambassador is defensive what again you’ll want a Red Strip or a Heineken,The Ambassador say Venezuela dont grow drugs,speak to Colombo-Colombia.She said nothing wrong,Colombia and Mexico is the Cartell of drugs,so Venezuelans buying their drugs from Colombians and Venezuela taking the heat,Scott Akins boy,what you find your self in their.

  37. Anonymous
    July 30, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    There was a last video on facebook showing the guys neck slashed with him lying on a bed.

  38. Anonymous
    July 30, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Well you can say we need to stop talking as if our country is so bad…first of all St Lucia is an Island with watet all around it..get your history book and prove me wrong…yes we have to say it is bad.long before did you see ahd hear thexe thing happening in ST Lucia.perhaps i wwas still in my mother’s belly..alli used to hear was this and that happened in we are worse.aa aa.what are you talking about.for instance we dont even have liberty in ST Lucia any more.cant even walk the streets in broad day light.cant sleep with your window open.cant even wear your jewelries. are you Serious. Terrell call a spade a spade

  39. sharon terrell
    July 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Anonymou….30 2017 4:51 what you trying to say is that, let me tell you i dont know what month date and year you come on this earth me come in this worl in 1970 if you think people could live their windows open all the time and always wear their jewelry all the time without getting robbed you must be high on Shienoah and i use to live in Sans souci,bagatelle,mon-de don,Marchand,Lapansee,and Babbonneau today am married to a jamaican i live in america Jamaica lucea Hanover montego bay and st.lucia 3 places,4 people are murdered in J.A. every four hours.Right now we in the middle of the year jamaica is at 800 murders so do youll research as big grown people And by the way you know YAMAHA,whiles you talking,St.lucia bad oh not yet trust me it can never be like,jamaica we need to have the same kind of party politics and when politicians will arm rhe community with guns then you can talk to me you’ll know nothing about Jamaica you’ll just talking in you’ll dreams eh. (Words deleted)

  40. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Jamaica is the worse.terrible.😳 shame you mean you could do any better you went that LOW…well my dear you cant go any lower you reach your destination. Thats low

  41. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Chute. .you mean you left ST Lucia and go that are a sorry St lucian.😔 😔 😔 😔 😔 i am sure your mother reget having went to low

  42. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Wait wait mean that woman left St Lucia and go miles away to America to go so low

  43. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 9:01 am

    800 murders in jamaica thats 1 to many.woman hide your face.put a brown paper bag over your face