Relatives want answers in death of Simone Leandra Garnier

Press Release:-Today, the 8th of October, instead of celebrating the life of the late Simone Leandra Garnier we are mourning her death. We are still seeking justice for her unsolved murder even as our island has recorded its forty first homicide for 2017.

Many have perished under strange circumstances and their families like us haven’t received an adequate response from the relevant authorities.

“It will be almost five years that we have been trying to find out why your life was bitterly and rudely taken that way”.

To those who may not remember, let me refresh your memory: Simon Leandra Garnier was a simple, middle age woman who on the night of the 31st January 2012 was heading home from a Political Party Constituency Executive meeting and was slaughtered on her way home.

The word slaughter is used because her throat was sliced a few steps away from her official residence. The following day her lifeless body was found face down in a drain in close proximity to the front door of a male neighbour’s residence; who, upon being questioned, indicated that he was on a fishing trip that night and never realized that there was a dead body in front of his door upon his arrival.

This was one of the first homicides of that year and to date no investigator has given a response on what transpired, adding this case to the large number of unsolved cases in Saint Lucia.

In our small island of Saint Lucia many have perished in unbelievable ways and our system has not been able to solve the murders of innocent people.

After every homicide in Saint Lucia an investigation unit makes it their duty to be on the scene but what seems to amaze us all, is that there is little to no progress with the investigation or information provided after the cameras have gone out.

It is a very sad situation which makes one wonder ‘What evidence if any is even collected from these crime scenes”, because after the yellow tape  reminiscent of a movie scene is placed around the scene nothing happens after.

The murder of Simone Leandra Garnier, who lived at Bisee Castries, is another unsolved murder that our justice system is yet to solve. These cases go cold and no one says or informs the relatives, of the status of the investigation.

It is evident that not much is done by our justice system to solve the unsolved. When there is a murder in the country, the heads of the crime unit are interviewed like participants from some popularity contest only to disappear after like fruits which are out of season.

We would like the relevant authorities to provide us with an update on this case because unlike them, we do miss our dearly beloved and the way she was stolen from us  is difficult for us to process. In addition, it is vital that the police interview all the suspects and persons who were in contact with the deceased prior to her horrific murder. This might give them a break that they didn’t recognize or catch up on the first time.

It is evident that not enough is being done to follow up on these cases. For us to move forward all individuals should play a role; our forensic labs should be given priority; our justice system should try to function better and our parents should place more emphasis on raising our children better. Hopefully we will be given information from the relevant authorities concerning our loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend ‘Simone Leandra Garnier’.

18 Comments

  1. Jay
    October 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply

    It is very disheartening when the authorities are unable or not equipped to obtain justice. However, I know that God is just whether one believes it or not. For absolute certain whoever committed this wicked deed will not go unpunished and trust me vengeance belongs to God and no one absolutely no one will be able escape from the evil they have done. God is just and he will deal accordingly.

    Watch and pray🙏🙏🙏🙏

  2. Anonymous
    October 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply

    St Lucia is a (Word deleted) island with no respect for human life

    1. Anonymous
      October 9, 2017 at 1:30 am Reply

      Please, be accurate in your statement as my St Lucia is a beautiful island. SOME! people have no respect for life and they are certainly the minority where the majority are law abiding, well respected, friendly citizens.

      1. Anonymous
        October 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm

        Amen!

      2. Thinker
        October 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        The same can be said for Jamaica however we don’t see calls for restraint when Jamaica is attached to all different negative stereotypes because of the actions of a minority. The point is that we as St. Lucians need to be proactive when it comes to crime prevention and not sit on our laurels behind the SAFETY of the computer screen and boast. We DO have an emerging problem which needs to be dealt with and eradicated. The irony of it is that this problem mostly stems from us paying no attention to our younger ones and letting them go astray while our attentions are focused on matters which are truly less important, elsewhere; like the computer screen.

        “Es ou sav ki kotay yish-ou yay” – Marcellus Miller

    2. Anonymous
      October 9, 2017 at 10:07 am Reply

      True

  3. Anonymous
    October 8, 2017 at 7:37 pm Reply

    I feel so sad after reading this. I had to go bolt my door. Procrastination is a big thing in st Lucia and our justice system . I fell for the family. So so sad. I wonder what our officers investigating do days, months years after they collect information. What do they do with it. How do they use it. They need help re crime. It is time to do more. Anybody will think they can do and get away. May you all dfind comfort in the Lord.

  4. Anonymous
    October 8, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

    Oh my RIP I got goosebumps reading this thts the kinda things the ppl we put in power have to see about but sadly it all about the money for them young lives are being lost out health care is a poor our country is in a hot mess we can only imagine wat our country will be like in the next two yrs ☹️

  5. Immaculate
    October 8, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

    The police should question the neighbor more where her body was found. Something is just too fishy. This doesn’t sound right at all… Just saying

    1. Anonymous
      October 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm Reply

      Our police cannot investigate nothing they are incompetent they lack investigate skills and give up on a case very early .The only crimes that have been solved is through tip offs not through investigate skills.

    2. Anonymous
      October 8, 2017 at 9:19 pm Reply

      Our police cannot investigate nothing they are incompetent they lack investigate skills and give up on a case very early .The only crimes that have been solved is through tip offs not through investigate skills.

  6. Anonymous
    October 8, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

    I want to commiserate with the family for their loss, particularly, in such a gruesome manner. The emotional pain has to be unbearable. Not knowing who committed this ghastly deed only adds to the suffering. It’s imperative that the police make every effort to crack these cold cases in order to bring some relief to the relatives of the victim. A tiny island with so many unsolved murder cases means that there are many assassins, and perhaps serial killers, walking the street among the general population. Scary thought indeed.
    Vibz

  7. Anonymous
    October 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Can’t remember that crime it hurts really bad so many life taken and nothing is being done

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    October 8, 2017 at 11:13 pm Reply

    […] Source: St. Lucia Times Press Release:-Today, the 8th of October, instead of celebrating the life of the late Simone Leandra Garnier we are mourning her death. We are still seeking justice for her unsolved murder even as our island has recorded its forty first homicide for 2017. Many have perished under strange circumstances and… Link: Relatives want answers in death of Simone Leandra Garnier […]

  9. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 4:00 am Reply

    Unresolved murder, homicides ………
    2 years and months old Yohann Bertin Remy of Fond St. Jacques Soufriere who was burnt beyond recognition in his dwelling home in the early hours of the morning on August 29, 2001. His family was set ablazed while everyone was fast asleep. His sister Efay, 9 years old succumbed to her injuries on September 2 and the mother Pascalina later died on September 11, (911).
    Mary Ratcliff
    Giselle George
    Mary Henry
    Verlinda Joseph
    Cynthia Paul and her two children in Soufriere.
    And the list goes on……..
    Vengeance is mine thus saith the Lord.

  10. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply

    Good morning I would like to let people know that when there’s a murder and no one saw the actual Sean it left only the murderer and the victim knows what really happened and when that murderer is on the run and other people don’t know exactly who the murderer is. It’s not easy to point hands on any individual and say it’s you. The authorities are looking for suspects and not the original murderer. It’s not easy as we may think .the word investigation. Is not what people think that can get the murderer immediately. Lot’s of questions have to ask.lot’s of things have to be done sometimes this takes years. And sometimes never get to know who the murderer is… If this could have done that easy there wouldn’t have all these murders in this country .we must understand when you don’t see with your own eyes you cannot judge any one. That goes to any one. So if by chance they catch the murderer say thank God. Even if the penalty stinks but at lease you will know who..

  11. Justice
    October 10, 2017 at 2:27 am Reply

    Anonymous you haven’t started to name the long list of unsolved murders. Cannot blame you as only an updated diary would do justice.

    But it is shocking our percentage of abandoned unsolved cases. ‘Cold’ is when a case is set aside with a potential for resolve as certain investigative information comes in and thee is a conscious investigative effort to obtain such information. That does not apply to us hence my use of the abandoned which really is what they are.

  12. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm Reply

    The person who committed that crime is already dead.

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