Castries hairdresser robbed at gunpoint

By SNO Staff

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A small business owner is now counting her losses after she was robbed at gunpoint by two men at her hairdressing business located close to the Gros Islet bus park in Castries.

The incident is reportedly occurred sometime after 7.p.m. Tuesday.

Melita Ashford said the bandits escaped with all the money that was in her possession, her handbag containing several personal documents, and a cheque book.

Ashford said she feels demotivated to work since the incident, and is scared that the bandits may return.

The businesswoman is calling on the authorities to ramp up security within the Castries area.

Ashford is also calling for greater police presence in the city, especially in light of the Christmas season.

The matter was reported to the police and is being investigated.

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20 comments

  1. So we all know that any crime committed in St Lucia can have a detrimental impact on SLUs image subsequently having an impact on Tourist numbers visiting the island.

    Yet those idiotic politicians are sitting on a fence differing about decriminalising Cannabis for MASS PRODUCTION to export.

    Note I said mass production for export and not necessarily for personal use.

    We're all just watching other islands reap the benefits, you'll Lucian politicians are DEC DECKS...

    What you'll afraid of what the US will say! Wake up they themselves are decriminalising state by state and creating a MULTI BILLION DOLLAR industry.

    Jamaica and St Vincent are WORLD REKNOWN for the quality of they plants.

    Guess what SLU is in the same geographical area which would mean we can grew similar quality.

    WAKE UP LUCIANS AND SMELL THE COFFEE or should I say Cannabis.

    These politicians are INSANE not to move quickly on this.

    Guess they want to keep you'll or us under that MASSA slave mentality.

    ITS OUR ISLAND and Destiny!

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  2. Please do not tell me that in this "dot" of an island on the map of the world, we have not figured out a way to send a strong message to the criminals. If we are not careful and if the authorities do not take the necessary steps, we will be just that - an island with beautiful scenery-where no one will want to visit or live. Fighting crime should be priority for every government. I am yet to be impressed. We the citizens are living in fear. Please do not let our country "go to the dogs"...

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  3. All these wooden huts around town serve as sanctuaries for criminals. They hide in the shadows as these areas are poorly lit and thy strike at innocents. They should be removed or at least the areas properly lit. Criminals act in the shadows.

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    • Your suggestion of removing the huts where people can try and earn a bread isn't the best suggestion come on!

      The suggestion of better lighting is more appropriate

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  4. The first thing any one who invest in a profession or a passion should do is to invest in the safety of the investment an ur self! hands down,remembering not everyone is a costumer an not every costumer is a friend contributing to the success of ur passion,profession an focus,with that said i wish u well my girl in ur future profitability.

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  5. Police ,,,,,, investigate ???? What ,,,,,, you in St Lucia ,,, no investigation,,,,, that's the end of it.

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  6. Someone legally earning her living using her skills just to have these PARASITES using violence to steal her hard earned cash is the issue here - not her ’shack’!

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  7. Shame on you Anonymous, you are blaming the victim because she got robbed? Are you kidding me? Blame the crooks, blame the Police beeing unable to even take fingerprints, perhaps also blame the neighbors not watching enough.

    We shall not forget. Everytime something like this happens, we loose a tourist who is afraid of coming. So this causes a DAMAGE TO ALL OF US!

    Dear PM, please buy the equipment for fingerprints and have somebody teaching them how to use it. We need biometrical data. If we had it already, we could put those gangsters into jail.

    I have equiped all my rooms with a CCTV.

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  8. Shame on you Anonymous, you are blaming the victim because she got robbed? Are you kidding me? Blame the crooks, blame the Police beeing unable to even take fingerprints, perhaps also blame the neighbors not watching enough.

    We shall not forget. Everytime something like this happens, we loose a tourist who is afraid of coming. So this causes a DAMAGE TO ALL OF US!

    Dear PM, please buy the equipment for fingerprints and have somebody teaching them how to use it. We need biometrical data. If we had it already, we could put those gangsters into jail.

    I have equiped all my rooms with a CCTV.

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  9. What rubbish you sayin Anonymous? You blaming the business of the victim instead of the criminals????!!! You must be joking! I blame the crooks and perhaps the neighbors who did not help. Even worse. I blame the police since, AS WE ALL KNOW, it is a 100% waste of time to even calling them. They do not even have the equipment to take fingerprints. This is such a shame and the new PM must do something! If it is so, crooks have a easy life! I suggest to every honest business man to get a even cheap CCTV system. This is the only chance to fight those criminals!

    Shame on Lucians who do this bad things!

    Dont forget. Every robbery causes a potential tourist beeing scared, not coming to our beautiful island. SO WE GET ROBBED ALL TOGETHER, not just the direct victim! We must fight this criminals together, and I hope our PM finally improves the abilities and skills of the Police.

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  10. My lady all u need is your big gun to point right back in their face when they try to rob u. Police and the law in Lucia won't do sheet for u

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  11. Home and business owners own the right to bear arms in a society where bandits are armed and citizens are defenseless.

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  12. It's tough when a small business person is robbed by those parasites. The trauma and pain plus and the risk of the business collapsing. Sometimes employees stand the risk of losing their jobs. I wish the lady the best as she deals with this horrible situation. I have always insisted that illegal gun ownership should be a straight twenty years...automatic. Unless you have an identical deterence, you wasting time. There must be fear by the perpetrators.

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  13. Let God be Praised!

    Why are you giving them ideas to return, you should never tell your enemies your plans.

    Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart be acceptabe in thy sight, oh God...KJV

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  14. Those little shacks along that area should be removed. Create too many safe havens for crooks.

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    • No, not removed, that's showing the crooks that they have won and just makes being people trying to earn a little money suffer, the shacks is not the problem, the lazy thugs are..

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    • "Those little shacks" as you put it create employment for lots of persons especially single mothers..

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    • What shacks are along the Gros Islet bus stand?

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    • The person who commented about removing the shacks, is not a good person. The people are trying to earn a living as they cannot find work and that is what you are saying. Answer this question, when they remove the shacks;are you going to employ them ? Are you going to pay their wages for them so that their kids have something to eat?

      Think before you post comments. We are one community, we need to support this lady. When crooks and thieves see comments like yours that is when they attack because they see people like you believe that is a good reason for them them. Why don't you say let us stand up against thieves and protect our nation against such.

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