Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Police Seek To Reassure Citizens After 4 Homicides In 48 Hours

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Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry has been seeking to reassure members of the public following four homicides in the past 48 hours.

In addition to the homicides, in  the past few days a knife wielding male accosted and sexually assaulted  an elderly woman who was  on a routine morning walk in Beausejour, Gros Islet.

“Let me assure members of the public that notwithstanding the incidents of violence that we have had over the few days, we remain committed to ensuring that citizens and foreigners alike are safe during this festive season,” Commissioner Moncherry told a news conference Tuesday.

“It is indeed sad as we are in a time when people are supposed to be showing love and sharing love that within 48 hours we would have four homicides,” he lamented.

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“ It is something that bothers me. It is of concern to me,” the Police Commissioner explained.

He indicated that as such, he has spoken to his executive and they are reviewing the plans which  were in place for the Christmas season.

According to Moncherry, one of those initiatives will see increased police presence in and around the City and in every community in Saint Lucia.

“Also, we will deploy our intelligence team to gather whatever information and intelligence that they can find out there,” he stated.

Moncherry called on members of the public to make themselves ‘hard targets’ for criminals by, among other things, being aware of their surroundings.

“Yes, it is our duty and responsibility to ensure that you are safe,  but you need to assist us in making it a safer place for you,” he declared

On Saturday about 12:50 pm , police discovered the lifeless body of bus driver and former basketball coach Josephat Melvin Charles, 56, inside a locked minibus at Cul de Sac.

The body of Charles, who was also known as ‘Flying’ had what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.

No arrests have been made in connection with that incident.

According to the police, on Sunday about 11.10 pm  they responded to a report and found the lifeless body of Canadian national Nicole Dempster, 34, at her home in Beausejour, Gros Islet.

The police said there were marks of violence on the body.

A male suspect is currently in custody, having been arrested Monday evening in Bexon.

On Monday about 5.20 pm, two men identified as 23 year old Sellan Francis  and 28 year old Danny ‘Danny Cat’ Charlemagne, succumbed after being shot multiple times at Leslie Land, Castries.

According to police, a 25 year old Bocage female received an injury to the upper right shoulder as a result of that incident, was treated in hospital and discharged.

Saint Lucia has recorded 51 homicides so far for the year.

Headline photo: Josephat Charles, Nicole Dempster, Danny Charlemagne and Shellan Francis

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