Father of murder victim says police in hiding

The father of one of the two young men who were gunned down in La Clery in the wee hours of Saturday morning, has told St Lucia Times that police officers are in hiding and emerge only after a violent crime has been committed.

Thomas Charlery, the father of Shane Augustin, admitted that the young deceased was disobedient to his parents and although brought up in the right way,  the former Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School student decided to do his own thing.

(Thomas Charlery)

But he said the family was in shock at Augustin’s death.

“This country – people just killing one another, they don’t think they have a family – that is the way they moving,” Charlery lamented.

He declared that the country has no law and the police are never around when anything is happening.

“I don’t know where they hiding,” Charlery told St Lucia Times.

“When people die you just see police coming around,” the father noted, adding that the police have to do their work.

“You cannot just be hiding or you all have women checking on and you all not doing your work and sometimes things happen – no police ever there,” Charlery declared.

However he observed that once everything is over, the police show up.

Shane Augustin, 21, and David Khodra, 28, were both killed by unknown gunmen in a vehicle as the two rode on separate motor scooters.

Both young men, who were reported to be on their way from Gros Islet,  sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Police have appealed to members of the public who have information regarding the double homicide to call the Criminal Investigations Department at 456-3770.

Saint Lucia has so far recorded 37 homicides for this year.






  1. WHAT?
    September 11, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    So wait, police have to be following people around all the time now? Is the father saying that the police should have been driving around behind his son, looking after him? !!!!!

    1. Proud St. Lucian
      September 11, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      I don’t think that’s what he is saying…my understanding is that police should be more vigilant…patrol all areas…you don’t really see them unless it is to address a crime etc…then again I’m sure the answer to this not happening would be not enough police manning. ..well then let’s address the undermanned police stations, not enough police to patrol, not enough police vehicles available to carry out the expected duties…we must recognize that crime is on an extreme high…which means we need more police presence…Mr. Prime Minister your support is needed here..

      1. Anonymous
        September 11, 2017 at 10:01 pm

        And who is going to pay overtime for them. You want taxes increased to have police to play bodyguard for gangsters. They made their choice let them live with it. As long as innocent people don’t get caught up in that I’m ok with it.

      2. PROPHECY📘📕📗📚
        September 12, 2017 at 7:11 am

        There is no innocent in this diaspora of youths..your likkle girl want cowfoot and your likkle boy want long gun..i think by that u mean your doorstep.

      3. Noname
        September 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        I agree once innocent ppl don’t get involve they can kill eachother they are making it a little safer for innocent ppl two less criminal

    2. Both Sides
      September 12, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Charley you are being ridiculous, you don’t expect the police to be everywhere all the time….smh……Only God is everywhere at the same time………..be real man..
      When the police is around doing their work and end up shooting the bad boys because of disobedience, the public condemn them. I’m sure if the police was around an area where your son was causing trouble and was shot by police, your story would have been different, you would not have seen it as the police protecting the other citizens but you want them to protect your son………..Lord Have Mercy.

  2. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    The police right. Let badman kill badman. Cause everybody think they bad now. Mi li. Pwen.

    1. Noname
      September 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Mweau daccord

  3. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Lol. So true. Blame blame blame. Where are his parents. Where did they go wrong. Can’t blame the police for his death because they did not contribute to his upbringing.

  4. Sad
    September 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    You should say instead “…parents are in hiding and emerge only after a violent crime has been committed.”

    1. Anonymous
      September 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      This comment is worth more unlimited praise…well said! Simple and to the points!!!!

  5. ratty
    September 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    you know what your son was doing and the way he was living so shut the hell up. all I going to say is they should have never done what they did,

  6. Lucianboy
    September 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    So the father the so the son the same element kids see as a child they emulate it yes there are kids their own way but this has nothing to do with friends raise your child in the way they should grow be model citizens..You don’t expect teachers ,police to raise your child it comes from the home.If he was raised with great principles stop blaming their problems on poverty he would could have been an outstanding young man..not everyone was raised with a golden spoon they valued hard work and perseverance did he teach his son any good practical of life sad he Beed to wake up..it’s no longer the golden old days of the past when you learned to respect your elders take pride and cherish the little things..you need to wake up# old young man

  7. Chien
    September 11, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Help the police for what?? When they abusing us citizens they don’t think they’d need us? You cannot plant peas an want to harvest corn. All who playing bad to impress friends an women will have their day.

  8. .
    September 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    But shane mem kill how much people already, so what the hell police can do.. is dead he dead, i knew he wuda get his match.

  9. Simple
    September 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm


  10. Rip
    September 11, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Gone to soon😭😭😭😭

    1. Noname
      September 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Pay chew live by the gun die by the gun

  11. Karma
    September 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    So when shane had rob the yute of his S5 no parent didn’t tell him bring it back. No he die yall coming out of hiding.

  12. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    These young men were very troublesome .., in fact on Friday afternoon they were trying to rob some
    school boys in town…. in broad daylight .. these are the type of people who make life difficult for others … keep this in mind no one tracks you down and kills you without reason,,,, true taking their life may be considered extreme… but what kind of life were they living ,,, have they taken the life of anyone ? Who’s to say they haven’t . We don’t know . All we know is that the life they made a decision to live has brought them to this tragic end,,, may this serve as a lesson to others … its only to late to change when ur dead .

  13. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Bad man being killed one by one two be two. That’s good for society. Who’s next? Can’t wait.

    1. Noname
      September 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Can’t wait either clean up the streets they deserve to be dead no remose

  14. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Well we’ll well

  15. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    You actually come out and show your face and speak nonsenses….the police have been busy trying to keep your son from stabbing,stealing and killing……where were you?

    1. Noni juice
      September 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      A good thing your face is hidden…cuz u write NONSENSE

  16. Amie dodo
    September 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    O o well I always know people don’t shoot people just so there is always a reason, bad man killing bad man,its sad ,but r I p,I know no mother wants to see their son go so ,,all we can do is pray and talk to them,

  17. police lah mem
    September 11, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Ur son lived a lifestyle dat cost him his life don’t blame police eh…

  18. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    A a when I read the headline, for a minute I thought it was police who shot them and went in hiding. Smh. Me Cho ar

  19. Anon
    September 11, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Food for thought: There are more parents than police. Just saying.

  20. The Advocate
    September 12, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Aa! But pops you on the force too? Because look you only come out after the crime was committed. Look like you were in hiding too! What were you afraid of?

  21. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

    How many persons has those two jackasses killed, it sweet for ull when ull kill but sour for u and ur idiotic families when ull get killed? Middle finger to all who say those two punks were good…

  22. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Rip my friend u had my back im skool maybe u had ure bad ways but u had ure good ways also rip shane

  23. Clare
    September 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Sorry Paps you were in hiding and came out after he died. You as a father was supposed to be following him around checking on him. But it seems you were afraid of him too. Your son choose his life let him rest in peace if he can.

  24. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm


  25. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 6:25 pm


  26. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s.

  27. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    They live by the gun ..they die by the gun ..only after death u hear how he was ..why u never sit an talk to him …if u had now u would have sing a better tune..go in peace ..and serve the lord..

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