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British man brutally attacked at Soufriere waterfall

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A British man who was left fighting for his life after being attacked by bandits in Soufriere has been released from local hospital.

Jude St. Prix, from London, had his arm slashed in a sickening machete attack as he intervened to stop the bandits from robbing patrons who were visiting his ‘New Jerusalem’ pool and spa retreat in Zenon, near Soufriere.

St Prix, 65, who manages the popular Mineral baths in Soufriere was set upon by three masked robbers after trying to rescue tourists who were being robbed of their valuables and jewelry on his property.

He sustained multiple injuries to the head and hands inflicted by the bandits, which resulted in a minor stroke. He was immediately taken to hospital where he was kept for a few days before being released a few days ago.

A nurse from the emergency unit confirmed that St.Prix, was admitted to the hospital where he received treatment and has returned home after a short stay in the institution. She revealed that he will be making further visits before he is given the all clear.

“Mr. St Prix was taken to hospital where he was in a serious condition. He was beaten up by hoodlums who came to rob tourists who were visiting his popular mineral baths retreat,” said a family friend, who lives in Zenon. ” He Suffered a stroke. His family was informed of what transpired. He has two grown-up children in England.” Adds the family source, “He was released from the hospital and he has returned home.”

According to local reports St Prix who comes from Tottenham, North London, was about to welcome a group of mainly American tourists when the incident took place. He has been living in St Lucia for many years now since his wife died from breast cancer some time ago in the UK.

The thieves managed to escape with cash, jewelry, and other valuables before police arrived.

He was born in St Lucia and migrated to the UK in the early 70’s where he became a British citizen. The New Jerusalem Mineral Baths retreat which he manages belongs to his family.

According to an advert in the local press, the baths contain warm pools of water that are equipped with seating areas with three different temperatures of water flowing from bamboo faucets from 6ft. above. The pressure creates a nice warm body massage helping to soothe aching muscles.

A police spokesman from the local CID said they are investigating the attack and will release a statement shortly.

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35 comments

  1. Within hours of each other? Another similar incident in the same area and no one is apprehended?

    We have organized bandits, but no organized law enforcement in one area? Are ordinary people just sitting ducks for Saint Lucia's organization sub-culture vermin population?

    This is very sickening! It hurts right down to the pits of my stomach.

    Why are police decoys not policing this area? Why?

    Young vermin ridding the country of their evil by taking out one another is quite alright. But hurting others not in their sordid low lives is not.

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  2. I am truly saddened by the attack on the gentleman, however, having recently visited the venue (post-incident), I am honestly surprised that this occurrence or one of a similar nature, is not more frequent. The isolated location of the site is ideal for the alluring of criminal elements. I understand the desire to create a scene which encapsulates a local and natural theme, however, there needs to be a security risk management component to this type of enterprise. There is at least a 3 minute walk to get to the springs, which requires crossing an open river, rendering free access and multiple entry points to anyone and anything. I am certain that residents of the surrounding area would be familiar with various routes to and from. Moreover, the venue is put simply, in the middle of the bush. In my view, guards need to be stationed at various positions; namely at the entrance. Furthermore, someone should be available to escort clients to the baths. Too often, businesses do not want to invest in security measures, even amidst an increasingly escalating crime landscape, and this approach invariably compromises the safety of their staff and that of patrons. This is not to say that securing a business will eliminate all incidents but it will certainly serve as a deterrent to the would be perpetrators. Consequently, if a breach does occur, the opportunity is then presented to re-visit what obtains and make the necessary changes.

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  3. We're about to commit ourselves to one the BIGGEST projects in St Lucia i.e. DSH

    This project is there to attract tonnes of tourist to the island.

    If the Government and the people of St Lucia don't get to grips with this crime epidemic, then DSH could potentially be another Grynberg.

    Which leads me to re-iterate AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURE.

    We can not afford to be investing so heavily in such a volatile industry like Tourism.

    All it takes is for the US and or UK to slap a travel advisory warning about St Lucia and watch the numbers decline by the 1000s.

    Some may say well Jamaica's crime levels are higher but what most tend to forget is that Jamaica has other industries generating foreign income from!

    St Lucia unfortunately has limited, extremely limited options to generate income bar Tourism.

    Our politicians keep bury they heads in the sand. Selling our Citizenship (CIP) for the lowest price.

    AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURE

    (6)(2)
    • Anon you'r right to name Agriculture since it require lots of labour and could help to fight unemployment.
      In other country's everyone have to serve the country for 1-2 years when you 18y. We don't need a army ,but the youth can give the service in agriculture/social work instead.

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  4. concerned foreign citizen

    Officers stop and search everyone whether black white or Chinese. Diplomats especially. Retired officers work in the communities in schools, search their school bags. Officers without uniforms work at nights, search persons driving without proper vehicle lights. Just a few ideas.

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  5. Quite a few people want to disassociate government with the crime epidemic that's plaguing the island but actually, they are inseparable. It is their duty to protect the populace and minimize crime. In fact they actually promise to do just that, when they are in campaign mode, so we the people expect them to fulfill their promises, whether to reduce crime or provide job opportunities. Stop the partisanship and demand protection .

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  6. This is very depressing. I wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.

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  7. now i afraid to go there as a local

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  8. How often is this happening? We've been to St. Lucia twice now and each time our day trips in Soufriere have made us feel more and more uneasy.

    (16)(1)
  9. How often is this happening? We've been to St. Lucia twice now and each time our day trips in Soufriere have made us feel more and more uneasy.

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    • I have been to Toronto and did not feel very safe over there. I remember having nowhere to stay as I had travelled across the border from New York. After having bought a drink at a hotel in downtown Toronto I sat in the hotel foyer as I mulled over about finding somewhere to stay for the night since I could not afford to spend a night at the hotel where I was chilling out. Within a few minutes, a blonde male security guard approached me and asked me to leave the hotel. I explained to him that I had just bought a drink from the hotel's restaurant and would like to finish my drink. He gave me a few minutes to finish the drink and I had to leave. I then had to walk around and could have easily been attacked in this busy city. Luckily I wasn't but I was ever so fearful that something was going to happen to me. I found escape in a 24-hour coffee and doughnut place until the wee hours of the morning. I then caught the bus back to the Big Apple which isn't one of the safest places in the States.

      Crimes can happen anywhere and everywhere. No country is safe and immune from crimes. We need to stop stereotyping countries just because a few naughty people go on a rampage. These little nasty men who commit crimes do not represent the whole of the country whose people are law abiding citizens. I feel safe in St Lucia and as they say, there is no place like home even though I live abroad.St Lucia is not as dangerous as places like Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan,Egypt, Colombia, South Africa and Nigeria. No way. It is still one of the safest places to visit on this earth.

      (13)(26)
      • Are you blind? Being obtuse or just plain stupid?
        They are talking about the spike in the crime rate in Fair Helen! We should ALL be concerned not giving ridiculous stories about going to visit another country without a plan! That was just plain Stupid on your part!
        STOP looking at what is going on in some of the bigger countries. Let's look at what is happening to our small island nation which DEPENDS on tourism to keep its economy going!

        (17)(0)
  10. Keep up with you all stupidity by wrecking havoc on innocent people. You all bloody losers never contribute nada nothing to St.Lucia. You all are low life uneducated morons that have no vision yet you all want easy money to buy the best of clothing, jewelry there is to offer. I despise you all guts, go work get a life, read do something constructive with you all stink selves. Soon very soon someone will retaliate say enough is enough and and slaughter you all one by one it will be their silent mission to eradicate St.Lucia of all filth.

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  11. It saddens me when I read about something like this but by the same token, I am glad to hear that the gentleman is out of the hospital. I hope they catch the culprits soon and something like this never happens again. I know Jude and he is one of the coolest people you will ever meet. He does not live far from me. He deserves a medal for bravery. He was able to jump in to stop the tourists from getting hurt. How many people will put their lives at risk in order to save others? He is a brave man and I wish him well and hope he goes on to make a full recovery. I am of the opinion that society is failing our young people. They need jobs and better prospects in order to survive in a society like St Lucia where there isn't any safety net to catch them from falling. Governments come and go and they do very little to help the kids. The kids need to be taught that violence is never the answer no matter what. We need to engage them fully in meaningful activities.

    Jude or' Zhid' as he is affectionately known is a fighter and will return back to work. He is a good man who does good things for his community. I wish him well and every success for the future.
    We need to take the streets back from these nasty little men who strike fear into the hearts of our citizens. The police and ordinary people alike need to do whatever it takes to ensure that our island remains a safe place for everyone. God Bless St Lucia!!!

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  12. Look like we have created our own ISIS and it will take a real man to get reed of that pargal. Not even if Moses come back with his rod. Saint Lucia now had lost its rudder and is drifting to no man land.

    (8)(3)
  13. St Lucia is getting so bad now, I know the whole world has problems, but soon it will be a no go area for tourists, which then affects our economy, sending us on a downward spiral. The authorities need to step up and put some measures in place to prevent this. Harsher penalties for criminals, because right now there seems to be no payback if you do wrong.

    (22)(1)
    • And therein lies the problem with you people. It is not GETTING bad. It is already terrible. Stop living in disbelief and accept what this country has become. Only by accepting that and forgetting about the good old days can we start to ponder a solution to the shit hole this place is.

      (15)(3)
    • I for one wil NEVER come back as a tourist. It is a war zone. Most places have no-go zones, and some are dangerous at night. However there is no safe palce or time in St Lucia at present. So until it cleans itself up, I am staying away.

      (2)(1)
  14. Operation restore confidence. Mary Francis and martinis Francois, you all remaining num . When police do their work, you all have all kinda nonsense to say.

    (37)(4)
  15. Now that incident really makes me worry

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  16. Going back to a story which happened weeks ago to keep fear and torment of crime impregnated in the hearts of st. Lucians. The caption could have been re written because according to my information the cutlas lash was not brutal.

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    • Brutal or not - No one has the right to slash someone with a machete or cutlass. You would not want to be on the receiving end of a cutlass "slash". SNO has every right to report this incident and to let people know about what is happening in our island. Crime happens everywhere and St Lucia is not immune to crimes. There are far worse places in the world where most tourists would rather keep away from. I am talking of places like Brazil where criminal activity flourishes in cities like Rio and Brasilia. Iraq and Somalia where women are not allowed out and where men abuse women constantly and are exempted from any form of punishment. In Nigeria where bodies are thrown in the bushes and little is being done to track down the killers, South Africa where you get the necklace treatment - a burning tire is placed around someone's neck. The list goes on and on.

      St Lucia is still a peaceful country. I am glad to hear that the gentleman is out of the hospital. I hope they catch the culprits soon and something like this never happens again. I know Jude and he is one of the coolest people you will ever meet. He does not live far from me. He deserves a medal for bravery. He was able to jump in to stop the tourists from getting hurt. How many people will put their lives at risk in order to save others? He is a brave man and I wish him well and hope he goes on to make a full recovery. I am of the opinion that society is failing our young people. They need jobs and better prospects in order to survive in a society like St Lucia where there isn't any safety net to catch them from falling. Governments come and go and they do very little to help the kids. The kids need to be taught that violence is never the answer no matter what. We need to engage them fully in meaningful activities.
      Jude or' Zhid' as he is affectionately known is a fighter and will return back to work. He is a good man who does good things for his community. I wish him well and every success for the future.

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    • Well said! The man is St.Lucian . The person who writes the stories never informs people of the positive things taking place in St.Lucia, it is like they want to tarnish the reputation of the island. SNO positivity breeds positivity. Every dog has his day!

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    • Ikr it was more like a bruise, this story was exaggerated. And this happened before the year end lollol

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    • You are one helluva jackass. Whenever was a personal attack not a brutal act? What has so dulled your senses? Alcohol? Ganja? You mangy dog!

      (0)(0)
  17. My god ,, my Lord is happening to this island.. this is becoming very scary because nothing is being done these flicking criminals!!!!go find a flicking job !!!!after u all robbing ppl of their valuables,, and still hurting them,, Lord Jesus only u can stop it..

    (8)(4)
  18. WTF is going on!

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  19. One thing comes to mind: A hard CRACKDOWN on those criminals. Give them no rest, increase the number of searches, road blocks etc. Start raiding their hangout spots. Get search warrants and bust some doors.
    I remember some years back when they raided some houses in La Clery and recovered a bunch of stolen items.
    Also, start asking people to provide receipts for items they claim are theirs or some sort of proof of ownership. I can assure you one things, where there are thieves, there are people buying their stolen goods.

    (22)(2)
  20. Those idiots doing those crimes are causing their own demise. They will complain that there are no jobs so they rob to survive but then the same tourists they rob are the ones who help keep thousands of people employed around the island and assist in the reduction of poverty. They believe their actions have no dire consequences but tell me, what will happen if the tourists stop coming? How much more crying will be done then? Stupid stupid morons!
    I hope that Mr.St.Prix has a full recovery and that these crimes can be solved and discouraged.

    (19)(1)
    • No it is not to their own demise. It is to the demise of the law abiding hard working St. Lucians. If tourist stop coming they will look for other targets. Only solution is to arm yourself and prepare. Police cannot protect you and soon they will not be able to protect themselves.

      (11)(3)

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