Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, declaring that he is a big fan of Health Minister Mary Isaac, told reporters Friday that from the perspective of a bystander, the shooting death of Victor Maurice looked like ‘a hit’.
Isaac had told a vigil for the slain former City Councillor that someone was sent to kill him.
Chastanet told reporters that he is very supportive of the minister who has done an amazing job in the Ministry of Health.
“In terms of her statement in regard to Maurice – she’s very emotional. You know, she was very close to Maurice. Clearly, from a bystander’s perspective, it looked like a hit,” the PM declared.
“I mean, the idea that a person can come to their home and somebody’s waiting for them – it smells and looks like a hit and sadly, I think this is one of the most heinous crimes that we have in Saint Lucia,” he said.
Chastanet disclosed that he has had meetings with the Attorney General.
“I am waiting for the DPP to finish with the Pratt case and what we can do to make sure that the penalties that are imposed on both the person who is paid to do the killing and the people who did the payment, are treated as one and the same and there are the harshest penalties that we can have in our country, which is capital punishment,” he asserted.
Chastanet said that sadly, some of the things Mary Isaac said “we know to be true”.
“There are people who are paying for people to be shot,” the PM told reporters.
He said he did not hear the Minister of Health make any allegations against anyone.
According to the PM, people have been trying to put words in the minister’s mouth.
He recalled that there was a killing in Rodney Bay which also looked very much like a ‘hit’.
“We have to call it for what it is,” Chastanet told reporters.