UPDATE: Suspected electrocution victim scheduled to get married next month

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UPDATE: Suspected electrocution victim scheduled to get married next month
Junior Denys
Junior Denys

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.

Junior Denys

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.

Junior Denys and Albertha Henry were scheduled to get married in September.

“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.

 

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  1. Even tho we alwys had our differences..I miss u mr.junior...my mummy misses u the most..left us heartbroken nd in pain!..we love u and will always...RIP!!..reach home safe

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  2. R.I.P uncle Junior. We will never know what was going through your head that morning. I know for a fact there must have been a reason why you were eager to be get some work done with that chain saw but you left us all broken hearted. You were always persistent - which is a trait I deeply admired about you. You did not rely on anyone and was always willing to help everyone who needed the assistance. Junior you just left behind an abandance of love.... From a family and friends... Who loves you unconditionally. Spread your wings uncle.

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  3. Electrocution of a British tourist in a Vieux Fort swimming pool not too long ago; electrocution of a gentleman at the Beausajour Cricket Ground not too long ago; and now the electrocution of another person.

    Why so many electrocutions in such a short time period? Are we following international standards, or do we have our own (St.Lucian) standards?

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  4. Wah Junior that's how u leave us? U were indeed a very helpful and ambitious man, I n the rest of the staff of Alfred's will miss u dearly,,,, now who will come n make us laugh sigh 🙁 ...condolences to the family especially Junella and Jamal n their mom....

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  5. Mabe he was doing this because of the impending storm Bertha. This is very unfortunate. That would have been a great theme for his wedding too. Mabe they can keep a little of the theme for his funeral in his memory.
    Accept my sympathy.

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  6. Junior was such a hard worker, very good at what he did, a quiet respectful man. What a shock for the Community of Soufriere where he is from and the community of Boguis where he now resides. A Tragedy.

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  7. I wonder if he could have been saved by removing the source of electocution with a wooden broom or similar object then performing chest compressions. Condolences to the family, Denis was a good man.

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    • Its now advised that electrocuted victims be handled immediately by actually touching them. Electricity is still flowing through the body and anyone who touched him would be electrocuted as well. The power source should be cut off immediately and a piece of wood like you said used to remove the appliance that caused injury.

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  8. He continuously asked for an extension cord but still continued wrking without it. Such risks we wld take to get our duties accomplished.Oh Dennis may ur soul rest in perfect peace.

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