Saint Lucia Police have confirmed that an investigation is underway into a viral stabbing video that was posted on social media this week.
The video is reported to have been recorded in La Clery, Castries.
The ten second recording shows a male individual, knife in hand, attempting to stab another man who is unarmed and is backing away while trying to defend himself.
The person being attacked falls backward to the ground whereupon the assailant stabs him in the back several times within a few seconds before running away.
The victim then picks himself up and the video ends with him walking away.
“They done stab you how much times already,” a voice on the video says, followed by laughter.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police George Nicholas told reporters at a news conference Monday that an investigation is currently underway into the incident.
He disclosed that the victim was at his home and not in hospital at the time.
Nicholas also said that the victim in the stabbing video had been in contact with the police.
Asked to comment on the fact that the incident had been recorded and there was laughter in the background, the senior police official declared that it was a reflection of the type of society in which citizens live.
“Nowadays when somebody is crying out for help, instead of his neighbour or his fellow men going to offer a hand they would quicker take out their phone, record, and blast it on social media. It’s very disheartening when these things happen,” Nicholas observed.
He told reporters that every citizen has a civic responsibility to assist in maintaining law and order in the society.
“Once you see a crime is happening you have a responsibility to assist in whatever way possible. Instead of pulling out your phone and recording, you can pull it out and call the police. I am sure there are ways one can assist without putting yourself in harm’s way,” Nicholas explained.
He said the video would be “a very helpful tool” to assist in capturing the perpetrator.