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Francis wants justice in killing of ‘Vieux Fort Five’

Attorney at Law,Mary Francis, has expressed concern that as the sixth anniversary of the death of the ‘Vieux Fort Five’ approaches, there is an ‘inordinate delay’ in bringing the matter to closure.

The “Vieux Fort Five’ – John Baptiste Mc Farlan, Mitchel Cadette, Allan Lenny Louisy, Myron Dupal and Kevin Ferdinand, were shot dead in 2011 by the police.

Law enforcers said that they were intercepting a robbery.

“2011, May 5th, I will consider that was one of the bloodiest days in the history of Saint Lucia in terms of police killings,” Francis declared.

She said some six years after the incident no justice can be found for family members of the deceased.

“The last DPP, we can recall the excuses that were made but we have a current DPP and I think it is more than time that some definite decision be taken as to the way forward and to get justice for the family members of  those persons who lost their lives at the hands of the state,” Francis asserted.

According to her, the deaths of the ‘Vieux Fort Five’ did not constitute ordinary homicides but homicides at the hands of agents the state.

The outspoken Human Rights Activist observed that the main function of the police is to protect human life.

She accused the state of delaying the course of justice and turning a blind eye to what is required.

“Saint Lucians need to know exactly what took place,” Francis said.

She disclosed that she was very suspicious that the delay is being caused by persons who were involved in extra-judicial killings.

Francis recalled that an inquest into the five Vieux Fort deaths had returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of four of the men.

“I think the DPP to my mind has information which can allow him to go forward with prosecution,” she stated.

“If an ordinary civilian commits a murder or a homicide, in quick time they are brought before a court – why should it take six years to have this matter solved?” The Attorney at Law said.

She expressed concern that the passage of time could affect access to witnesses, thereby affecting the outcome of the case.

 

48 COMMENTS

  1. Mary St.Lucians have other things to worry abt than some criminals the police took of the street. You eh coming n send condolences for the two young souls lost recently but u der beating ur backside for these criminals. By the way where were you when women were getting killed by their partners recently?? No word frm u then

  2. I’m sick of that woman .three woman kill children lost both parent you kelp your self out but you keep defending them kill woman you need dam help .

  3. I’m sick of that woman .three woman kill children lost both parent you kelp your self out but you keep defending them kill woman you need dam help .

  4. You keep defending them killers you now I know why you hate the police so much

  5. I can’t believe u that woman u’ve said very lil or none about the series of killings but u talking nonsense bout some criminals. Bloody hell with u…

    • Why are u st lucians so ignorant justice has to be serve thats why we have the court system the police have no right to execute the five young men like that and placing guns on them u all st lucians are so stupid and backward no wonder u all have chastanet as a prime minister

      • Why do u keep talking about the pm he has nothing to do with this…anyways ignorance is always bliss

  6. Why y’all Lucians don’t shut y’all mc and yet the woman do her job chpz

  7. Mary sorry but those criminals asked for it. St.Lucians were relief from criminal activities. The policemen should be rewarded in that case.

    • Mary Francis . The cap from the criminals have not fitted her this is why she is so vocal about criminals. Three men were killed in Jacmel and she never said a word about human rights. In order words its ok for criminals to kill innocent people but not ok for police to kill criminals. I aplaude the police on their work, they should do more of this.

  8. Smh…to the educated stupid people..that is the down fall to our so called Police force. And you’ll know that…talk talk talk

  9. How can you consider persons criminals. The courts need to make that decision. Kindly respect the law of the land. No one is above the law. The court need to decide whether those officers are guilty or innocent. We officers of the state need to understand and respect the law.

  10. Agree. The law must be respected by eeveryone including us as officers of the state. We can have a lawless society.

  11. Mary some us and I mean a lot of us are ok with the fact that our tax money was put to some good i.e. make us feel safe. Get rid of those criminals. I hv a few by my home, all teenagers I wish those kinda police were around still to kill one and destroy the block by my home.

  12. Ok we need justice for Shankar Daniel where is it how did he hang himself in the prison that one gone quiet ok officers have the right to do that uh beat the man and pretend he hang himself some people really think is like that people life is a pspishow

  13. Urll ppl disgust me each n every one of urll tht saw them as criminals shut urll mouth urll know nothing at all bunch of idiots … I agree with her!!!! Justice for them jah knows urll Lucians have nothing to say bunch of hypocrite if urll have nun to say shut urll mouth real stupid (Words deleted)

  14. Thank God they met their end by the hands of the law, these five made the neighborhood a living hell, they made La Clery a dangerous place to live, from the time of their death, peace was restored to the entire neighborhood. I was one who was a victim of these bandits. Who cries for all the lives they have taken, the homes and lives they have desecrated. IF YOU LIVE BY THE GUN YOU WILL DIE BY THE GUN… One of these days it will hit Mary in her face, would like to hear what she has to say. when criminals kills other citizens, why don’t she defend them to, maybe she afraid if she do they will come after her. the BIBLE says Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.

    • The ones that excuted those men will also face their judgement when the time comes. The ignorance shown on this board is telling, this just further explains why we have such a disjointed society. Go read the UN charter on this subject. You have a right to life, liberty and be judged by men and not the bullets from vigilantly justice.

    • Based on the number of comments, if those fives were criminals, then I’d say justice is served. Now before you fools ask me “What if that was one of my family members?”, my answer would be “As long as you’re doing crimes and destroying people’s lives, then you’re no longer a family to me”. I don’t support criminals at all

  15. Oh Mary,Mary. K I do hope you read this. Where were you when the child was killed in her bed because some idiots tried killing her sister. I didn’t heard you then or on any of the persons that they murdered. I lost a relative in that operation restore confidence, but we knew the type of person he was. You live by it you die by it.SIMPLE. don’t get me wrong the police​ should have handled this differently and we wouldn’t be here as a people but it happened. I just can’t stand the hypocrisy of Mary don’t come coughing for those people and their victims don’t get the Justice they deserve. Their families had expenses as well. 2 face (Word deleted)

  16. Mary actually sicken me. She knows damn well these guys were criminals actually killing people including a 4 year old. where was she when this was happening. God delivered us from those useless creatures. Wish it was marys family that they were attacking, even her. I am sure she would be singing a different song. God is not dead mary. He sees , he knows and he delivers at his time not our time. Those police were doing their jobs. But again I dont believe mary deep within her she is not advocate for this cause but rather for the cash she can make from it. I guarantee you that the compensation she wants so much for the families a large chunk goes to her. Things hard mary. and you are no lawyer one would want to hire so keep singing your song. God will have the final say in that matter. Prayers are being answered by him.

  17. Lucian’s don’t know what they want ,they were a gang always breaking in people houses and business palaces, so let’s face it ,a thrift is also a killer,but may their soul r I p,

    • regardless of wether they were always breaking into private homes and businesses they police had no right to execute them in the manner they did. The law of the land don’t sanction it. That’s the job of the judiciary. If the police had done its job properly it wouldn’t have that Grey cloud hanging it. As a human rights advocate/lawyer Mary Francis will do her job.

  18. Those police will to beat or kill people kids look at what the police office did to the Boy in Margot just shot his in his head just for fun Mary u don’t no about this one we want judge as family’s

  19. Where was Mary Francis before 2011? Is that Vieux Fort 5 her only concern? What’s about the women who are being killed by the men? You seem to forget or cast a blind eye on all other crimes and focus ,deeply focus on the Vieux Fort 5

  20. I have been reading some dumb comments and some really do not make any sense . The 5 guys killed may have been criminals but the police had no right to execute them. At this very moment we have police criminals roaming within our midst and we should be worried. I am an Iraqi vet St.Lucian born xcop and i urge St Lucians to fix this problem before it is too late. Those police men have already become criminals because they broke the law and become murderers them self.

  21. I can’t feel sorry for any of them. You don’t see the police coming to my place and gun me down. You don’t see the police setting me up to kill me. Everyone here talking about these guys’ rights to live and face judgement in the courts. What about all the rights they’ve taken away from innocent law abiding citizens. And before you guys come and talk s$%t about “he who is without sin cast the first stone”, let me make it clear that we ALL have skeletons in our closets and done things we’re not proud of or lack morality but contrary to popular belief, it DOES make us better than some of our counterparts. Many of you can sit behind a pc screen and bash the police force because it’s never hit home. When these guys rape one of your family members, will you sing a different song? When they break into your homes or steal your vehicle you’ve worked hard to pay off, will you still think “material things don’t matter”?. It’s about time we take our streets back from these criminals. A lot of unreported cases of rape, theft and other stuff go on in St. Lucia but because it doesn’t reach the media we are to believe that there are only one or two bad apples in society. Wake up, these criminals are killing St Lucia. Why should they get a right to live and enjoy life when they’ve destroyed so many?

  22. Mary every time you write your sheet you can charge money for work done.

    so you doing it for the money but how much money do you really need.

    you should get a man to get some love.

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