Police are investigating the death of a father of three, who was chopped to death during a jouvert celebration on Christmas Day in Belle Vue, Vieux-Fort.
The deceased, identified as Oswald Downes, also known as Shadda, was reportedly attacked by about four men in the early hours of Friday morning.
An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that Downes was “chopped repeatedly like an animal”.
“I thought I was watching a movie or a slaughter house scene… I ran away and puked,” the eyewitness said.
Downes was a former prison officer and accountant Bordelais Correctional Facility.
Several relatives said they are not aware Downes has any problems, but several sources in the community told SNO that an ongoing feud between persons from Belle Vue and Pierrot may have led to his demise.
A relative described Downes as an “intelligent” man, who was a “real father” to his three children, two of whom lives overseas and visited him on island recently.