The sister of a man who was stabbed and later died in Choiseul five years ago, believes that too much public pressure is being brought to bear on police officers here.
Charkar Esnard told St Lucia Times that if the police are being put under pressure when there is a murder, everybody else should be put under pressure and everybody should be speaking out.
“I know too much pressure is being put on the police and they are the first set of people we call when we need help; so I think our policemen need some more encouragement,” Esnard asserted.
“It does not matter what the US says; we have to stand with our police officers. They are the ones there to protect us. They lose their sleep. They are the ones we call when we are in trouble, so I believe our police officers need a lot more support from us in this country,” she told St Lucia Times.
According to Esnard, everybody believes the police have the sole responsibility for crime.
“ I do not like it when I hear so many things happening and the churches remain silent. I strongly believe that the churches, religious leaders should come out and speak. The ministers of parliament, those who are in charge of the districts where the crimes are happening so much – please come out and speak. If those in authority come out – they could make a difference. Don’t just leave it to the police,” the Choiseul resident stated.
Esnard said it bothers her that it appears as though it is only when police officers kill a citizen, that the issue of human rights is raised.
“I mean, human rights should be in all situations where there is a murder; not just when police kill a citizen. It appears that it is just a target against police officers on this Island and this is not right,” she told St Lucia Times.
Esnard recalled that her brother, Daniel Esnard, was stabbed at a party in Choiseul on 12 February 2014.
She said the victim was taken to the Soufriere where his wound was stitched and he was sent home.
However, Esnard said that days later, her brother had to undergo ‘massive surgery’ and died two weeks later.
“Five years after we have been going back and forth to court. Every time we go to court, the court is being adjourned and we are just awaiting a murder trial. Five years seems like yesterday. It is still very painful and I would like to encourage Saint Lucians – I know there are lots of people going through the same situation. Tell them to hold on and be strong,” Esnard said.
“Some people’s situations are worse than my brother’s because they see their loved ones die right before their eyes and I just sometimes think – how do these people even cope with these things? How do they face life?”
She expressed the view that not enough is being done to help people faced with such situations in terms of counselling services.
“I personally had to go to deliverance services to get help because the pain; the rage; the anger – everything is very much alive,” Esnard explained.
“I have been hearing what is going on with the justice system; but I just hope it is not a situation where we have waited five years and the murder trial hasn’t started and to hear that these guys are out without facing their time or whatever,” the sister of the murder victim said.
She said that justice needs to be served.
She recalled that two persons were arrested in connection with the death of Daniel Esnard.