Margaret Pratt addresses Foreign & Commonwealth Office conference
|Margaret Pratt at the Foreign & Commonwealth Officer earlier this year|
The FCO is responsible for providing consular support to those bereaved through murder or manslaughter abroad. The purpose of this event was for family liaison officers at the FCO to discuss how they could improve the support they offer to victims.
Margaret spoke to delegates for 30 minutes about her experiences in St Lucia, the support provided to her by the FCO hollowing Roger’s murder in Vieux Fort, and her frustrations with the ongoing delays in bringing the case to court.
Margaret praised FCO's immediate response in St Lucia and the practical support it provided following Roger's murder
, particularly in terms of smoothing her path back to the UK. She also highlighted a number of areas that could be improved, including the need for more effective ongoing communication.
She also expressed her frustrations with the capacity, capability and competence of the justice system in St Lucia, its inertia and lack of action.
I attended the conference at the FCO this week and was moved by the story of Roger and Margaret. Even after all this time and the stress of this ongoing case, Margaret was strong, wholly dedicated and fascinating to listen to. In my role I don't work alongside victims, so found it a huge insight to the personal impact this type of even can have. You can try to imagine but unless it happens to you, you could never possibly comprehend it.ReplyDelete
Thankyou Margaret for your input and the very best of luck in your search for justice, your story definitely touched me.