The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force on Friday afternoon announced via the force’s official Facebook page preferment of charges stemming from breaches of the island’s COVID-19 Protocol in Gros Islet and Soufriere.
According to the release at approximately 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 7, 2021, officers attached to the Soufriere Police Station responded to reports of violations of the various COVID-19 related protocols, including violating the curfew and mass crowd gathering restrictions, near a bar, at Baron’s Drive, Soufriere.
On arrival, officers were confronted by a disorderly crowd, who refused to adhere to the lawful request to disperse with some individuals in the vicinity proceeding to hurl missiles at officers, in the process causing damage to a marked police vehicle. The damaged motor vehicle is utilized by the General Duties Department, which is the first response unit of the said station.
Following the incident, a series of operations were conducted, as well as public appeals being made, which resulted in the arrest of twelve (12) individuals. Garvey Faucher, Herb Riviere, Benjamin Hippolyte, Shervon Gonzague, Leo Pascal, Vincent Pascal, Dwight Pascal, Suzette Pascal, Lexie Augustin, Gregory Pascal, Jernel Butcher and Righteous Pascal were all charged with violating the Curfew Order. Additionally, Gregory Pascal was charged with Obstruction. Righteous Pascal, who was identified as the bar owner, was charged with Failing to Wear a Mask, Obstruction, Using Threatening Words, Insulting Words, Sale of Intoxicating Liquor and Behaving in a Riotous Manner.
All persons received bail in sums ranging from $500.00 to $1000.00 per charge. All except one individual have since met the conditions of bail and were released from police custody.
On Thursday, March 11, 2021, at approximately 8:30 p.m. officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station were on routine mobile and foot patrol in the town of Gros Islet, during which officers encountered a makeshift roadblock, made of steel, galvanize and pieces of wood which restricted motor vehicular access.
Officers approached a group of civilians gathered around the barricade and asked them to disperse. Persons from the group refused to comply, running instead into a dark area nearby and proceeded to the pelting of stones and bottles in the direction of officers. Officers gave chase and were able to arrest five individuals in the process.
One police officer and two civilians were injured during the incident.
On Friday, March 12, 2021, charges were preferred against the following individuals:
1. Linus William, a fifty-seven-year-old shop owner of Gros Islet, charged with Failure to Cease Operations.
2. Eugene Dumerville, a twenty-eight-year-old resident of Gros Islet, employed with the Public Service, charged with Threats of Death against a member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, Insulting Words and Breach of Curfew.
3. Nadege Sylvester, a twenty-seven-year-old resident of Gros Islet, employed as a suite attendant charged with Obstruction, Insulting Words, Assaulting a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.
4. Kez Paul, an unemployed twenty-one-year-old resident of Gros Islet, charged with Breach of the Curfew.
5. Wilmer Michaud, a twenty-seven-year-old, unemployed resident of Gros Islet, charged with Threats of Death against a member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and Breach of Curfew.
The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force condemned the actions of these individuals and any other individual attempting to subvert the law and reminds that such behaviour and any statements or actions condoning such behaviour is reprehensible.