A single mother and health care practitioner is the island’s latest homicide victim, bringing the figures to 63 murders reportedly committed for the year.
Dead is Keziah Wilson, 38 of Goodlands, originally from Marigot.
Police reported that about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday (November, 22) officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) responded to a shooting incident at Goodlands, Castries.
At the scene of the crime, officers were informed that the body of a female victim who had apparently been shot was conveyed to the OKEU Hospital. She was pronounced dead, on arrival at the medical facility.
Reports indicate the deceased was found in her vehicle with apparent gunshots to her head.
According to residents of the area, Wilson appeared to have been heading home from work when she was killed.
Reports also suggest that a red flag was raised when her boyfriend made several calls to her which went unanswered.
The mother of an 11-year-old girl is reported to have been living in the area for about a year. Wilson was described as a pleasant individual.
Police are carrying out further investigations into the matter, as they await a post mortem report.
Meanwhile, a Special Police Constable (SPC) is to bear the full brunt of the law for being in possession of an illegal weapon and ammunition.
Jevon Joseph, on November 18 was fined $20,000.00 for Possession of a Firearm and $10,000.00 cash for possession of ammunition, in default six months imprisonment on each count.
Twenty-year-old Joseph pleaded guilty to the charges.
On August 30 law enforcement officers arrested and charged SPC Joseph for unlawful possession of a firearm (a .380 pistol) and ammunition (13 rounds of .380 ammunition). Joseph was apprehended following a police operation in La Guerre, Babonneau.
Joseph has been placed on suspension from duty by the Commissioner of Police, Crusita Descartes-Pelius, in accordance with the provisions of the Police Act.
In other matters, police report further breakthroughs with three individuals having been formally charged for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, as a result of a November 17 operation conducted by the Bicycle Patrol Unit (Castries). It was reported that a 9mm pistol and four rounds of ammunition were recovered by law enforcement officers.
The suspects, Kevin Anatole of Morne Du Don, 29, Jose Fontenelle of Morne Du Don, 30 and Emile Emmanuel, 28 were charged for unlawful Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. The three defendants were accompanied to the First District Court, where Emmanuel and Anatole were remanded to the Bordelais Correctional Facility, until December , 9 for further case management.
Fontenelle was granted bail in the sum of $15,000.00 cash or suitable surety.
In further updates, the Northern Division (Dennery Police Station), along with the Special Services Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force conducted several traffic related operations over a six-day period in the Dennery community.
A total of 666 motor vehicles were processed during the operations, where Officers issued 53 traffic tickets and cautioned 56 individuals for various violations, including but not limited to, operating a motor vehicle without proper insurance, registration and valid licences or permits and failure to wear a seatbelt. The officers also had cause to impound three motor vehicles for being in contravention of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act.
The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force continues to implore all road users to adhere to the legislation “as we continue to make strides towards creating a safer environment for all people in Saint Lucia.”