ST. LUCIA has recorded 15 homicides for the year so far, as government continues to grapple with a strategy that will reduce serious crime in the country.
Gunfights, stabbings, sexual offenses and other serious crimes continue to flood the State.
The hosting of a crime symposium last November by the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security has yet to show tangible results at least in the area of serious crime reduction.
The country last year recorded 60 homicides.
At the time the symposium was held (November 24, 2017) 54 homicides were already recorded, prompting National Security and Home Affairs Minister Hermangild Francis to say that whatever ideas, suggestions, proposals or plans offered would not be compiled in a report to be placed on his office shelf and forgotten.
Lots of suggestions and ideas on how to combat crime on a whole came out of the symposium. These are all before Cabinet awaiting further action.
In the meantime serious crime continues unabated it seems, as even up to last weekend [Sunday] with a shooting at Hospital Road, Castries, where one man is presently nursing a bullet wound which he received to his right leg.
Police, the day before, had to contend with what they first stated was the suspicious death of Gregory Phillip alias Chucky, a 45 year old resident of New Development, Soufriere. This death was later marked as a homicide, the 15th for the year.
The incident was alleged to have occurred at Cressland and police are appealing to anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the nearest police station, or the Soufriere Police Station.
The lawmen are also seeking public assistance in the 14th homicide for the year in the stabbing death of Stephen James alias Tupac, a 29 year old resident of Patience, Mon Repos.
The 13th homicide for the year occurred last Tuesday in downtown Castries when 30-year-old Elton Raymond Fontenelle was the victim. That incident brought vehicular traffic to a standstill and forced passersby and other people in the open to duck for cover as bullets peppered the air surrounding St. Louis Street and Peynier Street.
A post mortem showed that Fontenelle’s cause of death was traumatic brain injury secondary to a gunshot wound and police is also seeking public assistance in that incident as well.