The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ahead of a planned

can­dle­light vigil for Ollie

Go­bat who was mur­dered here last April, his fam­ily this week is­sued a state­ment to the me­dia. “To date not a sin­gle per­son has been ar­rested or charged in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Oliver Go­bat af­fec­tion­ately called Ollie by fam­ily and friends. The var­i­ous per­sons of in­ter­est have not even been in­ter­viewed,” the state­ment be­gan by stat­ing.

It went on to say that the IMPACS re­port has nat­u­rally raised ques­tion marks over those paid to pro­tect us and in­ves­ti­gate se­ri­ous crime. “De­spite it all we stand in faith hop­ing that jus­tice will be made a pri­or­ity given the new re­struc­tur­ing of parts of the

RSLPF pursuant to this re­port,”

the state­ment goes on to say.

Ac­cord­ing to the fam­ily, “Our son, brother and friend to many was bru­tally mur­dered and the pain is one that no fam­ily should have to bear. We stand seek­ing jus­tice not only for Ollie but for any­one who has lost a loved one in an un­timely and un­just way. We sin­cerely hope that a more thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion can

now be un­der­taken and the UK spe­cial­ist teams pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance in this mat­ter have de­scribed this crime as “very

solv­able”! It is our hope that, with even more as­sis­tance from the UK gov­ern­ment in the fu­ture,

the co-op­er­a­tion of the RSLPF, that re­sult will be achieved.”

The fam­ily says that

frus­tra­tions of work­ing over­time to en­sure that this case re­mains a top pri­or­ity dur­ing this time of grief, has been an ex­tra bur­den on them, one they would rather not have to bear. “This is not only a case of solv­ing the mur­der of Ollie Go­bat, this is a ques­tion of whether law en­force­men­tis for ca­pa­ble se­ri­ous of of­ bring­ingSaint It Lu­cia jus­tice raises the and ques­tion­se­cu­rity but not the only abil­i­tyof safe­tyto en­force“It is laws.” with im­mense

sad­ness that we have to point out that this week­end, Satur­day, 25th April, will be one year since Ollie Go­bat was

so cru­elly ex­e­cuted. His fam­ily

and friends in St. Lu­cia and

else­where are still suf­fer­ing

from the trauma and shock of his death, and there will be no clo­sure or res­o­lu­tion un­til or un­less his evil mur­der­ers are

ap­pre­hended,” a spokeper­son

for the fam­ily notes.

“On Satur­day 25th April, a vigil will be held for Ollie, to share mem­o­ries and to show that we all need Jus­tice for Ollie, and Jus­tice for St. Lu­cia. Many other mur­ders go un­solved in St.Lu­cia and putting one’s head in the sand about the state of crime on our is­land is not an op­tion. The Go­bat fam­ily know they are not the only ones seek­ing jus­tice

for loved ones and would hope

that in re­solv­ing Ollie’s mur­der,

other mur­ders may be solved

and St. Lu­cia will be­come a

safer place for ev­ery­one.”

Ollie Go­bat.

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