Man in 20s is First Homi­cide Vic­tim for 2017

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

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.

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