Attorney at Law,Mary Francis, has bemoaned what she described as a ‘paltry’ award by the court to the mother of a man who was shot dead by Saint Lucia police in August 2013.
On Friday, the court rendered judgement against the state in favour of the mother of the late Chassin, Babonneau resident – Mandy Louisy.
Damages were awarded in the sum of $14,838.98 with interest at the rate of 6%, Francis disclosed in a statement Tuesday.
“It is low and disappointing for the family,” the Attorney at Law told St Lucia Times.
“Even if it was a big sum that would not bring back Mandy,” she declared.
Francis called attention to all the family of the deceased had to endure from 2013.
“It’s a paltry sum,” she declared.
However the outspoken Human Rights campaigner explained that law is ‘almost like a science’ in that there are principles which are applied in assessing the measure of damage and what sum will be awarded.
Francis told St Lucia Times that the Judge took into consideration that at the time when Mandy Louisy was shot and died, he was unemployed.
“It is true, there was evidence that he was a boat captain – he was a trained boat captain, that was his occupation; but at the time when he was shot he was not captaining any boat,” Francis stated.
“When you have to make an award for loss of earnings -what he would have earned if he was not killed by the police from that time until maybe the age of 60, because that is how it is done. If somebody dies at an early age, they take it from the age the person died at to 65 which is the retirement age in Saint Lucia,” she said.
Francis explained that the sum of money the person would have earned is used as a measure to arrive at a figure.
However she noted that since Louisy was unemployed at the time, the court did not make an award for loss of earnings which would have boosted the compensation to the family of the deceased..
Mandy Louisy was 32 years old at the time of his death.
Francis described him as a strong man who could have lived until the age of 65.
“The question is, are you saying he would not have worked at all between 32 and 65? Surely he would have had to maintain himself – sustain himself, so he would have been working. To my mind something could have been awarded to make the figure a little higher for loss of earnings. He was the one who supported his mother. She was a dependent on him and she has lost that income that she was getting from him,” the Attorney at Law stated.
Francis said the situation was unfortunate.
She said she does not know what will happen to the police officers who were involved in the incident.
“This is Saint Lucia,” Francis told St Lucia Times.