Police sources have expressed concern that the island’s latest homicide victim, Tennyson “10 Cents” Lionel, is the second person, who has an ongoing case against a notorious criminal, to be murdered.
Lionel of Ciceron, Castries, was shot to death in Morne Du Don, Castries early this morning, hours after celebrating his 35th birthday.
A senior police official, who requested anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that Lionel was an eyewitness and victim in an ongoing robbery case.
Police said in a press release that Lionel was robbed on Jeremie Street, Castries on January 11, 2014. A man was charged with the incident and is now behind bars.
The senior cop said investigators believe his death may be linked to his robbery case.
“Yes, that is one of the leads we are exploring… It could be pure coincidence but we would not be surprised if it’s not,” the source said.
The first victim was fatally shot on April 24, 2014 at about 9:30 a.m. in Bois Patat, Morne Du Don – eight months after surviving a shooting in the same community.
Like Lionel, the Bois Patat victim was an eyewitness in the first shooting he survived. The suspect in that shooting is the same man accused of robbing Lionel.
“Both Lionel and Simon had an ongoing case case against the man, who is still behind bars,” the source confirmed.
The senior officer said other possible motives are also being investigating.
“Lionel was also the victim of a chopping incident and he was also arrested for cannabis possession in the past so we are looking at all leads,” the source added.