Police Investigate Six Weekend Tragic Deaths
Police are currently investigating the death of six persons who were involved in separate incidents over the weekend, in various parts of the island.
The Soufriere police responded to a report about 10:30pm, on Friday the 14th of October, 2011, at Cemetery Road, Soufriere, involving a shooting which resulted in the death of a foreigner.
Reports indicate that on the aforesaid day, 39-year-old, Laila Norgaard Joseph, originally of Denmark but resided in Saint Lucia, was at her house along with her husband and two other individuals, when two masked men entered the house, one armed with a firearm and the other a cutlass and reportedly demanded money from her. She was shot in the upper part of her body in the process and the men fled the scene thereafter. She was taken to the Soufriere Hospital where she was pronounced dead. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident and a motive has not been established.
Soufriere police are also investigating the death of 53-year-old Alphonso Charlemagne a.k.a “Jump-Up” of Lesperance, Soufriere, who got involved in a traffic accident about 6:30pm, on Friday the 14th of October, 2011, at Mocha, Fond St.Jacques quarter of Soufriere. According to reports, Charlemagne was driving his Suzuki jeep, registration number: PE6480, in the direction of his home when the vehicle hit a wall attached to a nearby bridge, then overturned and plunged into the river. He was taken via ambulance to the Soufriere Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The other incident which occurred on that Friday 14th of October, 2011, involved the suspected suicide of a 13-year-old boy, Kensley Hunte of Kennedy Highway, Laborie, who was found dead in a wooden structure which is adjacent to his house, about 8:25pm, on that Friday. It was reported that his 24-year-old brother found him with a rope wrapped around his neck and the other end fastened to a nail attached to the upper part of the partition. His knees were reportedly resting on the floor of the structure. He lives with his parents and siblings and attends the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School. Laborie police are currently conducting an investigation in relation to this matter
Richfond police have launched an investigation into the death of 42-year-old, Josy Jules a.k.a “Boy” of Grand Ravine, Dennery, who was found dead near a phone booth, about 4:00am, on Saturday the 15th of October, 2011, at Grand Ravine. He was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical doctor.
Reports indicate that he was shot in the upper part of his body during a shooting in the area on the aforesaid day. There are three persons in custody in relation to this incident. A post mortem is scheduled to be performed on Tuesday the 18th of October, 2011.
On the same Saturday the 15th of October, 2011, about 10:50pm, police responded to a report at Talvan, Babonneau, quarter of Castries, where 44-year-old, Teddison Emmanuel, originally of Choiseul but resided at Talvan, was attacked by a man who was armed with a cutlass.
It was reported that Emmanuel was at a shop in the area when his attacker struck him several times about the body. He reportedly left the area but the individual pursued him and allegedly struck him with the cutlass in the upper part of the body. He was later pronounced dead at the Victoria Hospital. One man is currently in police custody in relation to this incident.
Gros-Islet Police have launched an investigation to determine the death of 79-year-old, Gloria Green-Wood of “Glasglow Hill, Marisule, Gros-Islet, who was found dead outside of her house, about 9:30am on Sunday the 16th of October, 2011. She was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical doctor. According to police there were marks of violence on the body. While a motive is yet to be established, a quantity of items was reported missing from her home.