A 65 year old victim of an armed robbery recalls pleading with bandits Wednesday night to get an honest job.
Norman Joseph, who operates a shop on La Pansee road, told St Lucia Times about 9.00 pm five individuals armed with knives, cutlasses and a firearm attacked his shop.
He recalled that one of the intruders pointed a gun at his wife.
“They told me ‘Go over there!’ I said ‘For what?'” He said.
Joseph, who disclosed that he recently underwent surgery and has been on dialysis for the past four months, said his wife urged him to comply with the demands, which he did.
He related that the intruders searched him and relieved him of the cash he had.
The shop owner said the bandits took drinks from the shelves, opened the refrigerator and helped themselves to what was inside before leaving.
Joseph said he told the bandits that he is a sick old man.
“I told them ‘Listen man, that’s (the shop) what I got from working from a young age. You all guys need to start working because they have work. Try and get a job’,” he recalled telling the individuals who held up his shop.
Joseph said his wife is always sick
“She have pressure – she always up and down in the hospital,” he explained.
“Look today I have to go and buy my medication and they take the money from me,” the Castries businessman lamented.
He told St Lucia Times that he has been operating in the community “all my life”.
“That’s my father property. My father passed away. Me and my brother – my brother passed away and I am operating right here; all my life,” Joseph stated.
The bandits are reported to have also robbed patrons in the shop, as well as some passers by.