One Man Charged in Re­duit Homi­cide

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the death of 52-year-old Sophia Delia Charles Di­dier of Re­duit, Gros Islet, which oc­curred on Sun­day, Au­gust 30, 2015, has re­sulted in the for­mal ar­rest and charg­ing of 38-year-old James Bret­ney of Balata, Babon­neau.

On Sun­day, Au­gust 30, 2015 about 5:00 a.m. of­fi­cers from the Gros Islet Po­lice Sta­tion were dis­patched to the Re­duit Beach in Gros Islet upon re­ceiv­ing cer­tain in­for­ma­tion.

Upon ar­rival, the of­fi­cers re­trieved the body of a fe­male near the Re­duit Beach shore­line.

The body, later iden­ti­fied as Sophia Delia Charles Di­dier of Re­duit, Gros Islet was trans­ported to the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal where she was pro­nounced dead by a med­i­cal doc­tor.

A post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion con­ducted later that day on the body re­vealed that she died as a re­sult of as­phyx­i­a­tion (con­di­tion of be­ing de­prived of oxy­gen) sec­ondary to drown­ing.The ex­am­i­na­tion also re­vealed neck trauma and blunt trauma about the body.

On Thurs­day, Septem­ber 3, 2015 James Bret­ney was for­mally charged for the of­fence of mur­der.

He is sched­uled to make an ap­pear­ance be­fore the First Dis­trict Court on Mon­day, Septem­ber 7, 2015.

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