Chastanet Says Murder Rate, Domestic Abuse ‘Intolerable’

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Prime Minister Allen says this country’s murder rate and the domestic abuse of women in particular are ‘intolerable’ and ‘unacceptable’.

He said that’s despite the efforts made and the level of improvements in serious crime in general.

Chastanet made the remarks in a video he posted on his official Facebook page on Monday.

On Saturday, police discovered the partially decomposed body of a young woman at Pigeon Island causeway.

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And some one week earlier, a man dragged a woman in her twenties under some bushes in Jacmel and raped her.

“When things like these happen, it only increases our resolve and the sense of urgency to resolve this problem,” the PM declared.

But he noted that while the government can do its part, all must play a role.

The PM expressed his sincerest condolences to the family members of both victims.

He expressed grief and sadness that such crimes still exist.

Chastanet recalled that in opposition, his party clearly identified crime as a priority area.

However, he recalled having repeatedly told citizens that there is no one solution to the problem.

According to Chastanet, there must be a holistic approach that includes strengthening the police force.

He said the government has been doing so.

The PM mentioned, among other things, better communications, new CCTV cameras, new vehicles and better training.

In addition, he spoke of constructing the new police headquarters ‘very soon’.

“We have also strengthened our forensic lab,” he stated.

Chastanet declared that without forensic evidence, getting convictions would be impossible.

He also spoke of strengthening the DPP’s office.

Chastanet also said Saint Lucia has been strengthening its social systems to deal with domestic abuse, among other measures.

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