Benoit was strangled with cord-like object – post mortem results revealed

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Benoit was strangled with cord-like object – post mortem results revealed

A post mortem has revealed that 19-year-old Chereece Benoit of La Feuille, Monchy died of asphyxia due to ligature strangulation – a type of strangulation while the body is on the ground using some form of cord-like object.

According to forensic sources on the web, this type of strangulation puts pressure on the neck that is applied by a constricting band that is tightened by a force other than body weight. This form of strangulation causes death by obstructing the blood vessels supplying oxygen to the brain.

A lamp cord, rope, dog leash, even pantyhose can be used for ligature strangulation.

The post mortem examination was conducted on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, a police press release states.

In response to queries by St. Lucia News Online, police said there is no evidence that Benoit was raped.

At least three persons of interest who were being questioned by police have since been released without charge due to lack of evidence but police continue to pursue leads.

“Police are actively pursuing investigations into her homicide,” a police release stated. “The Royal St. Lucia Police Force is appealing to anyone who has information which can assist in solving the homicide of Chereece Benoit to contact the Gros Islet Police Station at 456-4061/62 or the Major Crimes Unit at 456-3754.”

A previous police press release stated that the homicide occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Benoit’s residence in La Feuille, Monchy.

Benoit was home alone, police said.

“The mother of the victim returned to her residence at about 8:45 p.m. to find it disturbed. She proceeded to her daughter’s room to find her lying face down on her bed with her limbs bounded. Consequently, the police was called and an investigation commenced,” the release stated.

This has been the 24th homicide for 2013.

Meanwhile, the St. Joseph’s Convent will be having a march in honour of Benoit at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, September 18 from the school grounds to the Derek Walcott Square in Castries.

According to the organisers, all youth and parents are encouraged to participate “and help us to let our voices be heard. No one deserves this”.

A vigil will also be held on Friday, September 20 from 5:30 pm.

“We gather at the Castries Market and walk to the Serenity Park. This also is in honour for Chereece. Please come out and pray with us. To pray for the family and her friends,” organisers say.

A Facebook page in memory of Benoit that was created on September 14 – two days after her death – has already attracted over 2,000 likes.

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  1. In forensics, research of behavioural practices of strangulation is normally a crime of passion. You will not have to look far for the suspect. He will try to get involved, on the quiet side and will make it his duty to come up with saying that he knew her and they were really good friends. On the other hand, that they were something of an item but not one knew, or fit themselves in the investigation.

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  2. This article (link below) is from a different news source, but I think every media needs to look into this. why is the forensics lab said to be understaffed and idle when ppl claiming we do have human resources to have the lab up and running...?

    http://news.stluciastar.com/blog/2013/09/19/why-is-crime-lab-idle/

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  3. This is said news, one year this month a promising young lady lost her life. I think it should be an interest to st. lucian's to take an interest in some type of self defense. the schools, work places etc.
    i would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family, and my the good lord embrace you in your time of troubles.

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  4. There are some sick people out there!!! RIP Benoit. To ur mom be strong. God does not gibve us more than we can handle. I hope the people/persons responsible are caught and prosecuted.

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  5. In a case where the police is investegating the first 48hours is the most crucial part of the case we need to have people away from the crime scene its very important bcz every little stains everything is needed to put a case togather. we need to let people know that i know they want to help.

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  6. Not sure how the police conduct crime scene investigations here but there should be fingerprints, check under her nails in case she scratched someone (DNA report), photos of the crime scene, shoe prints outside the house. In many cases, the murderer will return to the scene of the crime and whatever people hear - they need to tell the police. I pray that her mother finds the strength to get through this.

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    • The police already know all this. They're not that done. They most likely have done all that but doesn't mean it will lead you to the person/s right away. Sometimes we are too hard on the police. Some cases in America take years to solve. Fortunately, some take a few hours which has occurred here as well. But finding a killer is not a 123 episode sometimes.

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      • I agree. It's time we start giving some positive reinforcement to our police force and investigators. At least as of recently They have shown us that they can produce results. Shows like CSI are good for entertainment but they really are giving the wrong impression of forensics. It's not magic.

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  7. Poor child. I don't know her at all, but everytime I see her face,tears form in my eyes.I was hoping she didn't suffer during her death. Learning that she was strangled hurts even more. Pray for her family, especially her mom. Lord only knows what she is going through. I really hope the murderer is caught. This is extremely saddening to beleive that this even happened. Living abroad and hearing this news is disappointing.So many questions left unanswered. May Chereece rest in peace and may her mother and family be comforted in the Lord.

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  8. The suspects were released cuz they didn't do it. There was no force entry to da house it wasn't a stranger who did dat. ...

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    • Nicole, I tend to agree with you. From the photos also I can see burglar bars on the windows. Usually most deaths like this tend to occur at the hands of persons known to the individuals. However, no one deserve to die this way, this is pure wickedness and evil for her to left for her mother to find her. I pray to God that this monster (who may surprise may of us who thinks that an evil person looks evil) is found.

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  9. R.I.P
    Verlinda Joseph
    Jizelle Georges
    Marcia Jules
    Crystal St.Omer
    Chereece Benoit.

    Lets not forget all of the OTHER victims!!!
    NOBODY deserves this!!!
    Pray for our BLEEDING nation and for the families of these innocent young women!

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  10. i agree that marching is pointless if nothing is being done about the crime situation that has plagued our little island.

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    • Yes and no one had the decency to re-inform the media about the change until after the fact! They ran to us to publicise it, then when they make a change they do not inform us.

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  11. The things that can link suspects to a crime in that instance...finger prints...show prints...and I believe since she was being choked to death she was not just standing there till she passed out...she obviously did some scratching...therefore check her nails...I would have given more ways but I just remembered our forensic lab is just like an empty hospital...useless...what's the point of having such facility if it can't even help with the simple solving if a crime by two points...

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  12. RIP Chereece. Still trying to figure out the MOTIVE. Why? SMH. Let's be vigilant, people.

    Hoping that the person/s responsible will face the consequences of their actions. Sigh 🙁

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  13. This is really sad to imagine that someone died this way; like an ANIMAL??.... sighhh and to make it worse, the possible "suspects" have been released....

    St. Lucians, this is cause for some serious concern. It's time that everyone stops saying "we should do this" and "we should do that" and JUST DO IT!!

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    • JUST DO WHAT? Throw innocent people in jail? Of course they will be released if there isn't sufficient evidence. Imagine if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time and was the #1 suspect, you wouldn't be happy to spend 15yrs on remand would you?

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  14. All well an good. But i really want people to realize that i am not going to march if we do not keep all those who have lost their lives innocently in mind. This includes Beck, the countless young girls, the disadvanged boys including the one who was burnt at the Massade Boys facility (remember him). The one who was beheaded at Babonneau and the mistaken madman also at Babonneau. Please people let us remember ALL those innocents for we be called upon to account for their lives. Do not wait until it happens to you. Every life is important. I do not want to appear insensitive to Cheresse case but we must stop being so reactionary. Have we forgotten Velinda, Valerie, the young lady at Wings of Love and the countless others.

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    • My point simply is that while it is the perrogative of loved ones to be emotional, what really is the point of marching against this if nothing comes out of it, which has been the norm. We marched for Crystal, and the young lady in Bois d'Orange the year before, what has happened? Are we just as a society going to march everytime someone is killed? There's no point to this if this same society does not step up individually and denounce violence, in our homes, in our schools etc. Yes we march for this, but we still in the gangs on the block, and still throwing words for each other...this really is hypocracy.

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      • Very true observer. And don't forget we are not longer polite, don't know or care who are neighbor are. We no longer what or correct other people's children and tend to say it is not our business. You cross the street on a rainy day and drivers won' allow you to pass although they see you in the rain without an umbrella. We don't care about each other we too busy carrying out our own business.

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