Thursday 2 April, 2020

More homicides recorded in 2019 than 2018

Saint Lucia has recorded more homicides in 2019 than in 2018.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Wayne Charlery confirmed Tuesday December 31, 2019 so far the island has recorded 50 homicides, inclusive of four police killings.

In 2018 law, enforcement officials recorded only 44 homicides.

At a press conference on Monday, Superintendent of Police George Nicholas observed that most homicides are because of individuals unable to exercise self-control.

“We preach every day that persons should try exercise tolerance…try and deal with altercations in a more amicable way,” Nicholas declared.

“If you find in an altercation you should walk away; persons seem to believe that they have the right to take the law into their own hands and we see what the results can be,” Nicholas lamented.

Over the last three years, the island has recorded the highest homicide count ever.

A record breaking 60 homicides was recorded in 2017, 44 in 2018 and now 50 in 2019.

“One homicide is one too many and having a count of 50 is concerning to us given our population. Again, it goes back to the ability of persons to amicably settle disputes without violence and obviously not just the police, the media and everybody we need to have a serious campaign as to how persons can at least try to resolve conflicts without violence,” Nicholas said.”

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