A second inmate at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) has died following a recent stabbing incident at the facility, officials have confirmed.
According to investigators, Noah Peter was stabbed on Wednesday by another inmate and died Saturday morning about 3:00 a.m. at St Jude Hospital.
Peter had been at the BCF for stealing and ‘intentional wounding’ and was discharged in relation to the wounding matter on May 20, 2020, but later readmitted for the offence of stealing, official sources say.
The death of the Bois Patat, Castries resident, has occurred as a probe continues into the death this week of another inmate whom investigators say appeared to have been stabbed with ‘a piece of fencing’
On Thursday morning about 9:00 a.m. a Correctional Officer raised the alarm after discovering the unresponsive inmate, identified as Kelvin Wilson also known as ‘Carlos’ or ‘Goats, in an individual cell in the maximum security Delta Unit.
But investigators disclosed that typically, other inmates said they saw and heard nothing.
Wilson, 45, had been admitted to the BCF on April 15, 2003, after being charged with murder.
However, officials said he had been declared ‘mentally unfit’ for trial and was behind bars at the ‘court’s pleasure’.
On Friday, Director of Corrections Hilary Herman told reporters during a guided tour of the BCF that criminal gangs at the institution constituted ‘a real problem’.
Asserting that every criminal gang in Saint Lucia is represented at the facility, Herman disclosed that the institution has limited space to keep gang members apart, but does the best it can to deal with problems gang members create on a daily basis, including frequent stabbings.
“As you know, most of our inmates are not Choir boys so it is very challenging to keep them apart as they have issues from the outside and they bring those issues inside and there are also issues that are generated from inside that we have to deal with,” he explained.
The current prison population now stands at 486 including 14 females.
Headline photo: Noah Peter