RE­WARD IN GO­BAT CASE!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - By Toni Ni­cholas

The ma­tri­arch of the Go­bat fam­ily, He­len re­vealed yes­ter­day that, based on the mur­der of her son Ol­lie, she now fears for her life while in Saint Lu­cia.

Her hus­band ,Theo says there is “a bit more trep­i­da­tion on my part. I find my­self look­ing over my shoul­der more of­ten th­ese days.”

All of which may ex­plain Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s high level of se­cu­rity at the ho­tel Cap Mai­son where the mother and fa­ther of Ol­lie Go­bat con­vened a meet­ing with the lo­cal press, chaired by lawyer and Speaker of the House Peter Foster QC.

At the meet­ing the Gobats an­nounced a re­ward of EC$250,000 for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of those re­spon­si­ble for their son’s mur­der. Foster started off by thank­ing the me­dia on be­half of the Go­bat fam­ily for its as­sis­tance. He re­vis­ited the day of April 25 when “Ol­lie Go­bat, our beloved son and brother and friend, was bru­tally and trag­i­cally mur­dered.”

“He was shot,” said Foster, “and his re­mains and his car set alight and dumped in a re­mote part of Cap Es­tate. This was a shock­ing end to a life so full of prom­ise.”

He de­scribed the de­ceased as a de­cent, kind and hon­est in­di­vid­ual who did not de­serve what he suf­fered. “The tragedy of this mur­der has ru­ined the lives of his fam­ily, girl­friend and his many close friends and as­so­ciates, both here in Saint Lu­cia and over­seas,” Foster said. “His mother, his fa­ther, brothers are still in deep mourn­ing for a life so trag­i­cally taken.”

He then came to the crux of the press con­fer­ence, the an­nounce­ment of the “Jus­tice for Ol­lie cam­paign.”

“We ask you now to help us iden­tify and bring Ol­lie’s killer or killers to jus­tice,” he said. “This fund and cam­paign com­prises fam­ily and friends as well as the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional business com­mu­nity, pri­mar­ily those within the tourism in­dus­try.

“They be­lieve that this crime must be solved, not just for the fam­ily but for the ben­e­fit of Saint Lu­cia. To this end a fund to as­sist the po­lice with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and to em­ploy in­ves­tiga­tive pro­cesses never be­fore used in Saint Lu­cia, has been set up,” said Foster.

Theo Go­bat per­son­ally ex­pressed his thanks to the me­dia for its support of the ef­fort to track down his son’s killers. He re­called com­ing to Saint Lu­cia 43 years ago, at the start of a jour­ney into the tourism in­dus­try that be­gan at the Hal­cyon Days in Vieux Fort.

Ol­lie was born at St. Jude’s. At 13 he was di­ag­nosed with can­cer but sur­vived. Ol­lie had gone on to be­come “a great ath­lete and as­tute busi­ness­man.” He was sched­uled to rep­re­sent Saint Lu­cia at the Com­mon­wealth games in Glas­gow this past July, play­ing his favourite sport, squash.

“I’ve been told by prom­i­nent peo­ple in Saint Lu­cia not to worry about this,” He­len Go­bat re­vealed. She was told “This will soon blow away and peo­ple will for­get about it in a few months.” But many are wor­ried about the law­less state Saint Lu­cia is grad­u­ally be­com­ing.

“Peo­ple are wor­ried about say­ing too much,” she added. “So many don’t want to di­vulge too much. But if we don’t take a stand now, things will never im­prove and things in Saint Lu­cia will only get worse and af­fect our business and other busi­nesses as well.”

It is Mrs. Go­bat’s de­clared hope that Saint Lu­cians will take a stand and help bring her son’s killers to jus­tice. “This has been a ghastly seven months and it is still in some ways un­be­liev­able . . . a life in its

A re­ward of EC$250,000 is be­ing of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to ar­rest and con­vic­tion in the

mur­der of Oliver Go­bat.

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