Updated: Eight homicides and counting in St Lucia during 2019
In January 2014, British tourist Roger Pratt was murdered while on holiday in Vieux Fort, St Lucia. More than five years on, four men arrested and charged within days of the attack have yet to face trial.
But it isn’t just unfair to Roger’s friends and family. It is also unfair to the four men who remain incarcerated without trial in the Bordelais Correctional Facility, and it is also unfair to the good people of St Lucia.
With the justice system at a standstill in St Lucia, violent criminals are able to operate almost unchallenged. The failings of St Lucia’s justice system is contributing to the island’s spiral of decline. St Lucia’s people are suffering as a result.
Since Roger’s murder we have kept a close eye on the local crime reports. There were 43 reported homicides in St Lucia last year. On an island with just 160,000 people, that gives St Lucia a homicide rate of 27 per 100,000 residents.
There are only 13 countries in the world with worse murder rates than St Lucia. If you are in St Lucia, your chances of being murdered are more than five times higher than they are in the USA, 16 times higher than they are in Canada and 22 times higher than in the UK.
When people like Roger or Robert Hathaway are killed in St Lucia the world takes notice and the island’s authorities are reminded that they need to take action to address this situation. However, the reality is that people are being murdered in St Lucia every week.
We hope that by keeping a list of all those murdered in St Lucia we will encourage the politicians and the legal system there to grasp the gravity of the issue they are dealing with, and make the systematic changes required to make justice happen and make St Lucia a safe and prosperous island.
To the friends and families of the victims, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know what you are going through.
Homicides in St Lucia during 2019 (last updated April 18, 2019)
8. Lance Camille, Micoud
7. Howard Henry, Vieux Fort
6. Stan Pistol, Castries
5. Miguel Alphonse, Gros Islet
4. Michael Pooran, Castries
3. Melvin George, Vieux Fort
2. Hendi Calderon, Castries
1. Robert Hathaway, Gros Islet