Police have held onto four persons in connection with the horrific Christmas Day murder of Oswald Downes, also known as Shadda.
Reliable sources told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the four persons, who are all males, were held for “questioning”. They were picked up by the cops on Saturday morning.
Downes, a father of three, was reportedly attacked by four males, and repeatedly chopped during a jouvert celebration in the early hours of Friday morning, Dec. 25 in Belle Vieux, Vieux-Fort.
An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that Downes was “chopped repeatedly like an animal”.
“I thought I was watching a movie or a slaughter house scene… I ran away and puked,” the eyewitness said.
Downes was a former prison officer and accountant Bordelais Correctional Facility.
Several relatives said they are not aware Downes has any problems, but several sources in the community told SNO that an ongoing feud between persons from Belle Vue and Pierrot may have led to his demise.
A relative described Downes as an “intelligent” man, who was a “real father” to his two children, who were recently on island to spend time with him.