Cathe­dral Killers Tell Their Story

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Af­ter a hold was placed on the episode of Un­told Sto­ries de­tail­ing the events sur­round­ing the 2000 Cathe­dral massacre here, as told by those who com­mit­ted the heinous act, the chill­ing part one of the tele­vi­sion show was broad­cast here this week. Orig­i­nally sched­uled to air on Mon­day April 20, lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tions were served a let­ter from the of­fice of the reg­is­trar quot­ing a sec­tion of the law per­tain­ing to contempt of court. Af­ter care­ful re­view, both the TV sta­tions and the pro­ducer Dale El­liot were ad­vised that the mat­ter was not con­temp­tu­ous since the ac­cused had been found guilty by a jury and were sim­ply await­ing sen­tenc­ing by a judge. How­ever, the TV sta­tions in­volved pro­ceeded cau­tiously and awaited the fi­nal judge­ment.

On Fri­day April 24 the two men ac­cused of set­ting fire to wor­ship­pers 15 years ago were sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment. The men – Kim John and Fran­cis Phillip - were sen­tenced in the af­ter­math of the De­cem­ber 31, 2000 tragedy when they stormed into the Mi­nor Basil­ica of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion in Cas­tries, dous­ing wor­ship­pers with ga­so­lene and set­ting them on fire.

They also blud­geoned Sis­ter Theresa Egan, 73, to death and Rev. Charles Gaillard, 62, died from se­vere burns to his body. The men had pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter af­ter the Privy Coun­cil over­turned their death sen­tence for mur­der.

In the Un­told Sto­ries episode the two are in­ter­viewed by the show’s host as they de­tail their de­ci­sion to com­mit the act. They also speak of their child­hood, join­ing the Rasta­far­ian faith and the fi­nal mo­ments be­fore walk­ing into the church that fate­ful morn­ing.

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