Armed Robbery Victim Says: ‘Don’t Make Excuses For Criminals!’

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The victim of an armed robbery in Castries on Tuesday night has been speaking out against people who make excuses for criminals, including that the bandits need jobs.

Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA), Anthony Avril, spoke in an interview with St Lucia Times after gunmen with masks attacked him and members of his household at Morne du Don, Castries.

“There could have been a massacre – all four of us could have been killed,” Avril declared.

And he asserted that Saint Lucians do not know what they are up against.

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Avril noted that he has heard people making excuses for criminals, in effect encouraging their illegal activities.

“Don’t make excuses for criminals,” he declared.

“The rhetoric from various political platforms needs to stop. No one is being helped
by that situation,” Avril explained.

As a result, he chided people who say that perpetrators of crime need jobs.

“The people who are doing these things are not interested in work,” the SLBWA official told St Lucia Times.

But he asserted that they are influenced by the get rich quick culture ravaging this country.

In this regard, Avril warned that unless Saint Lucians wake up from sleep, it will not stop.

He recalled that on Tuesday night about 9.00 pm his nephew returned home and was accosted by two gunmen.

According to Avril, the criminals demanded money but the nephew, who had parked his car in the driveway, sought cover at the back of the vehicle.

Avril said he and others who were in the home rushed outside where the gunmen were threatening and demanding money.

“I remember shouting at them that the blood of Jesus is against them – the blood of Jesus suppresses them,” he recalled.

“Whatever they were trying to do they made several attempts, but it looks like there was some kind of divine intervention,” Avril stated.

He told St Lucia Times that the gunmen eventually fled with a mobile telephone.

However, Avril warned that crime is a common enemy.

Nevertheless, he expressed the view that God is in control.

“There’s no way the Prince of Darkness will be allowed to take over this country,” Avril stated.

Headline photo: Anthony Avril (Stock image)

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