Saint Lucia police, asserting that the Kimberly Williams de Leon homicide has been ‘comprehensively investigated’, have announced that they believe very soon the DPP can be approached for advice on the way forward based on the evidence.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Wayne Charlery, gave the information to reporters Thursday at a news conference.
“Very soon based on the comprehensive investigation that has been done we will be in a position to engage the DPP for advice on the way forward,” Charlery disclosed.
He said that the investigative file is still with the police and explained in response to a reporter’s question that no time line could be given.
“Understand this – in your line of work there will be time lines,” Charlery told reporters.
He said that after Thursday’s news conference, the reporter would have to return to his media organisation and file a report to the public at a certain time.
The senior police official stated that it was not as easy as that for the police.
“Investigations have a life of their own in that as leads come up and evidence turns up, we have to do the assessment and move in terms of the evidence – what we have at hand.”
“Sometimes we may think that the investigation has two weeks and we can tie it up by then; but that may not be the case at all,” Charlery observed.
“Understand that eventually this investigation process will be examined in a court of law and we want to give that its best chance, not just from our end – from the prosecution end, but from the defendants’ end to ensure that their rights are protected. So we have to do things properly,” he declared.
Kimberly De Leon, a mother of two who was married to a police officer, was shot dead at her Chef Harry Drive residence, Morne Fortune, on October 29, 2018.
Her relatives and friends have said that they are determined to do everything possible to bring her killer to justice.
Just recently, frustration over what she described as police inactivity in the case prompted Alix Williams, the aunt of the deceased, to stage a one-woman protest in downtown Castries.