3 persons in custody in relation to British tourist’s death

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3 persons in custody in relation to British tourist’s death
Roger and Margaret Pratt. * Photo credit: Mail Online (UK)
Roger and Margaret Pratt. * Photo credit: Mail Online (UK)

Police said three persons are currently in custody assisting with investigations surrounding the death of a British national vacationing in Saint Lucia.

In a press release received by our newsroom late Saturday, the police disclosed details about the incident in which 62-year-old Roger Pratt was killed and his wife, Margaret Pratt, was injured.

The Major Crimes Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is investigating the case.

According to the police, “About midnight on Friday, January 17, 2014, officers attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station responded to a report of robbery on a vessel named “Magnetic Attraction” which was berthed at the Seaport in Vieux Fort.

“On arrival, the officers received information that three armed men had boarded the vessel, attacked and injured the occupants before they fled. At the time of the incident, the vessel was occupied by 60-year-old Margaret Pratt and her 62-year-old husband, Roger Pratt.

“Within minutes of the robbers fleeing, Margaret went in search of her husband and found him floating in the nearby waters. Roger was retrieved and transported to St. Jude Hospital via ambulance along with his wife. He was pronounced dead on arrival while Margaret was treated and discharged.

“A post mortem examination has been scheduled for Monday, January 20, 2014.”

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  1. I've traveled to many islands in the Caribbean and was so excited about upcoming trip to St. Lucia as we've never been before. Reading the the news online makes me sad for the people of St. Lucia. We are canceling our trip and going to Aruba, where we've always felt safe. Things are different when you travel in your wild 20's verses when you're wiser and traveling with your family, including young children. I hope that the island manages combat local crime soon or else the people will continue to suffer from lost tourism dollars.

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  2. I understand there is violence all over the world and it can be dangerous to go even outside your own house, but There are usually around 50 murders each year in St Lucia ,amazing for a small island population of 160,000 people, i know of several armed robberies in and around Rodney Bay area, there seems to be a gang culture there with use of guns normal life ,it seems that armed robbery is of very little importance to local police. so be very careful if you visit, there was another tourist clubbed to death walking along the beach in Vieux Fort last year, stay away from this port .
    Every tourist is told not to leave there resort due to possibilities of violence and robbery against them especially at night. Remember the tourist bus with cruise passengers who where stopped and robbed in broad daylight a few months ago, what ever happenend to those criminals?. The worlds best police should come here and teach the local force how to find these violent criminals and prosecute to the fullest before it gets worse as it will.

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  3. Since when NTN covers homicide news. It was pathetic to hear a NTN reporter hound the poor lady down just to clear the air on the customs/immigration matter and to say how safe they felt whilst in St. Lucia. Obviously that is of no consequence now.

    Grossly insensitive as it appears that in the lady's grief that was all NTN was after - damage control

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  4. Stop all the talking about jobs, i sadly believe a lot of people are simply to lazy here. I wanted people to work on our yacht last week, they came 2 days late. The same happened today, where i again made an appointment with a local guy earning 250 $ for a days work on my boat. He shoved up 6 hours late this afternoon, I mean WTF is wrong with you guys!!! We will leave, and never come back! Maybe some day you will understand that your country is dependant on tourism!

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  5. Been to St Lucia twice, second time not by choice! The tourism board has and still does its job well selling the idylic scene of a beautiful island. The real picture however is very different and its definately not nice! This incident has not tainted the reputation of St Lucia alone. Safety questions have been raised many many times over. This time things have come to a head and rightly so become headline UK news. YES it absolutely will make people think twice and potentially go elsewhere. Repeatedly its being stated here that crime is usually local versus local, it is all unacceptable! Clean up your act St Lucia!!

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  6. Its been a tragic problem over the past years with the crime rate. Yes the government needs to enforce more measures in place for crime rate but on the other hand the muder's and armed men wearing mask uall really need to get a life and stop robbing people! Its true st lucia has no jobs but there are better things to do rather than killing people and mad head u don't blame the governmdt for ur 3 children.

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  7. Very sad for the family but what are the St Lucian Government going to do about this crime level? Mr PM - get your head out of the sand. Your Minister of Tourism - suggest that you do not let him speak to the Press. The world's Press are focused on St Lucia. You also need to remember that this family is NOT the only family that has had a family member murdered in St Lucia. Trust that because the world is watching they will not get pushed to the top and others like us, still wait for justice?

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  8. We have a reactive Police force and not proactive. A force that is being ran like the 1950s. We have outdated laws and then we have Judges who look like they liming with them criminals with those weak sentences i see happening. When a man convicted of murder spends under 10 years in prison? when a man caught with an illegal firearm is fined $3,000 EC. WHen those guys are given bail, if they in the drug trade not go back and do the same thing? We have an under funded crime lab, under funded and under train CSI unit, no gang unit. The list goes on. Police don't have enough jeeps to respond to calls. No speed radars, No breathalyzer test Boy St. Lucia is a mess.

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  9. Here we go with the politics again. When Valarie Lord was murdered,when Poor young Tricia was murdered,when shaka flew his woman neck,when 50 ppl were murdered in one year and much more crimes were commited uwp was in power was that their fault. Ofcourse not put the blame where it is suppose to go,on the assholes who have a cold heart, who is selfless,worthless no love,no respect and definitely no fear of God. The criminals bastards. America blames single parents missing dads and st.lucian blames the government. Things are rough everywhere. Jobs are hard to get. America that prints its own money is in a financial crisis imagine us. So instead of blaming the government lets go down on our knees and pray. Take our kids to .church. Lets try to take these crimes as life lessons to teach our kids. Pls Lucians. If we are bashing our own country how do we not expect others to do it.

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