A family from the south of the island believes that the body of a male that was found on the coastline of Mathurin’s Point, Vieux Fort on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 is that of their relative, Damian Cherubin, also known as Fire.
Cherubin is originally from Dugard, Micoud but was living at La Ressource, Vieux Fort, his cousin Adelle Janna Doxey told St. Lucia News Online on Wednesday, late afternoon.
According to a police press release, on Friday, May 24, 2019, at about 7:30 p.m. whilst on a routine patrol, the Police Marine Unit vessel stopped a local canoe, named “Corrie”, about 100 yards off Mathurin’s Point, Vieux Fort.
Police said the fiber glass canoe contained 63 pounds of cannabis which was seized by the officers and resulted in the arrest of Martinez Fontenelle, of Bruceville, Vieux Fort.
The second occupant of the boat jumped overboard in an attempt to flee the lawmen, police said.
“Searches were conducted in the area for the said individual, but to no avail,” the release stated.
However, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, police said the body of a male, believed to be the second occupant aboard the vessel, was recovered at a beach along Mathurin’s Point.
“Formal identification has not taken place, and as such, this cannot be confirmed at this time. An update will be provided in due course,” police said.
Fontenelle, who is reportedly the captain of the boat, was subsequently charged for possession of a controlled drug. He has appeared in the Second District where he was granted bail, police said.
Meanwhile, Doxey said relatives are planning to travel to Castries on Friday to formally identify the body.
According Doxey, some people or someone called the family on Monday (May 27) to inform them of what occurred on the boat on Friday, May 24, that led to her cousin allegedly jumping overboard and the arrest of Fontenelle.
“That’s when they went to where he was staying and they told them what apparently happened, because the captain (Fontenelle) wasn’t allowed to contact anyone once he was arrested,” Doxey claimed.
She said it was Cherubin’s sister and his father who found his body on Tuesday, around 2 p.m.
“That was when my cousin video-called me to show me his body,” she said.
Doxey described Cherubin as her “favourite cousin”. She said he was unemployed and had one daughter.
St. Lucia News Online asked her if she is aware of her brother being involved in any illegal activity, and she responded: “I heard he was in hospital last year. He was shot by the police, don’t know the reason why.”
She added: “When I visited St. Lucia last year I had to to go to the prison to see him and I didn’t question him about what happened.”
A person purporting to be Cherubin’s brother took to Facebook to comment on Cherubin’s demise, saying that police will have to answer questions on his brother’s death because none of the answers are straight. According to the person, “it is true” that Cherubin jumped “but what about the other side of the story?”
Under the same post, Doxey also blamed the lawmen: “Police is the cause of my favourite cousin’s life but don’t worry, God is not sleeping…. 63 kilos, they will share it among themselves.”