Thursday 1 October, 2020

RSLPF clarifies that wanted man is a person of interest

Kent Teddy Gilbert

Kent Teddy Gilbert

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) continues to seek the public's assistance in finding a person of interest in a matter under investigation. 

A bulletin was issued by the RSLPF over the weekend for Kent Teddy Gilbert, a 33-year-old with several known addresses.

"We are advising persons if they do come into contact with Mr Gilbert that they not approach him as we have not provided any information to the public that this individual has committed any offence, as I said, he is a person of interest," Acting Corporal Ann Joseph said as she clarified the all-points bulletin in search of the man.

"Remember the difference between a person of interest and a suspect," Joseph said.

"A person of interest is someone that the police want information from during the conduct of an investigation... To deem somebody a suspect there is certain prerequisite that you need to meet, at this point we are not saying that, we are simply saying he is a person of interest in an ongoing investigation," Joseph explained.

According to Joseph, issuing bulletins for persons of interest is nothing new to the RSLPF.

This is done following consultation with legal authorities such as the Director of Public Prosecution and the Attorney General Chambers.

"We do make certain decisions dependant on how important it is to locate an individual for various reasons; perhaps for the safety of that individual we put that out, we sometimes put out missing persons. So we have consultations on that particular matter," said Joseph.

Joseph also clarified that if Gilbert has any previous matters against him, it has no bearing on the current investigation.

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