Police, with assistance from St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) and the Ministry of Infrastructure, are investigating the suspected electrocution death of 44-year-old Junior Denys of Soufriere.
Denys died while operating an electric handsaw in the yard of his fiancé in Boguis, Babonneau Friday morning, August 1.
Ronald Phillip, inspector in charge of the Babonneau Police Station, told reporters that the station was summoned to the scene of a suspected electrocution in Boguis at about 11: 30 a.m.
On arrival, they met Denys’ unresponsive body on a verandah. Phillip said Denys’ death is being treated as “suspicious” until the conclusion of investigations, including a post mortem.
Phillip said LUCELEC officers disconnected the electricity to conduct their investigations, and representatives from the Ministry of Infrastructure were scheduled to visit the house to carry out their own assessments.
Family member Nadia Henry told reporters that Denys was scheduled to get married to Albertha Henry on September 27. The dress theme of the wedding was creole/national wear.
Describing the deceased as very helpful, Nadia explained what happened this morning.
“He was home and he came to ask for a handsaw so I told him… he knows where it is so he can go and get it. But then he told me it wasn’t sharp enough so he is going to the neighbours higher up to borrow a chain saw. And when then when he came back with the chainsaw, he stopped home and asked if I had an extension cord, so I told him no.”
She further explained that Denys spoke about the difficulty in moving the wire to plug in the house.
“After a few seconds I heard the chain saw just went off,” she noted.
Nadia said she then heard her husband’s friend calling her.
“I saw him on the ground, he was foaming,” she added.
Nadia said calls to the emergency numbers continued to “drop” so she resorted to using her sister-in-law’s landline to call for help.
“Junior was such a nice person, Junior would do anything for everybody in the neghburhood. Junior was a loving person, there is nothing bad to say about him. I will miss him dearly,” she said.
Junior Denys would normally visit his extended Boguis family on weekends.
Albertha cried uncontrollably as they removed her fiance’s body from the scene around 1:30 p.m.