The two men being held by police in connection with the murder of 32-year old Saadia Byron of Laborie remain behind bars but police say neither have been charged.
Reports say one of the men is a known sex offender in the area while the other is a former boyfriend of the murdered mother of three.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) with Responsibility for Crime Management, George Nicholas, told a news conference on Monday that investigators are ensuring they review the evidence carefully before filing charges.
“We are not in a position to proffer any charges as yet. We are still in the preliminary stages. We need to ensure that we cover all our ends, dot all our t’s before we’re in a position to proffer any charges at all,” ACP Nicholas said.
The victim’s brother Chris Byron told journalists that she previously made several reports against one of the suspects but never got assistance from the police.
“He’s always waiting for her in the dark, always grabbing her hands, always attacking her. She made several reports to the police station and again, no police, nobody ever did anything on her behalf until this weekend,” Chris stated.
According to ACP Nicholas, the records show that Saadia Byron made a single sexual assault report to the vulnerable persons unit in Vieux Fort in 2014 but she later asked for the investigation to be discontinued.
“According to our records, she indicated that she wanted no further action in the matter. She wanted police to discontinue the investigation. That is what our records can confirm at this point,” ACP Nicholas said.
Police say they have not ruled out the possibility that the victim may have been raped before she was killeed. Relatives say her body was found semi-nude and a used condom was recovered from the scene.
Saadia Byron was returning home from graduation rehearsal for a skills course she had just completed when she was murdered and her body buried under rocks roughly 100 yards from her home.
Her death brings to 51, the number of homicides recorded in St Lucia so far for 2017.