Man in 20s is First Homicide Victim for 2017
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 21-year-old resident of Gros Islet, namely Jeremie St. Martin.
Police received a report of a shooting at the corner of Marina and St. George Street, about 3:40 a.m. yesterday, Friday, January 6, 2017.
Jeremie St. Martin was found at his residence, with apparent gunshot injuries. He was conveyed via ambulance to the Victoria Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical practitioner.
Speaking on the matter of crime just one day before the incident at his first press conference for the year, Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet spoke about some of the changes expected to be made to the island’s justice system in 2017.
In the words of the prime minister, improvements were necessary in order to tackle crime effectively and ensure convictions were made. In 2017, he said, new judges and support staff would be hired as part of the overhaul of the justice system.
“I think criminals must know and understand and appreciate that when you do commit a crime, that the judicial system is going to move very swiftly to be able to convict you, and that there is a penalty towards crime,” Chastanet told attending media representatives.
The PM later added: “Crime is a reflection of us as a society. We can control it. I can say to you, if society says there’s going to be no more killings, there will be no more killings. If people know their neighbours are going to report them, if they know their mother or sister is going to report them, and they are not going to tolerate any sort of crime, it will change. Why is it that we can’t have that?”
In relation to Friday morning’s homicide victim, a post mortem was scheduled for yesterday.
Investigations are continuing into the matter.
This is the first homicide for the year 2017.