Commission of Inquiry begins into death of Hannah Defoe

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Commission of Inquiry begins into death of Hannah Defoe
Hannah Defoe
Hannah Defoe

The Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances leading to a British visitor’s death here by electrocution began its work earlier this week.

Hannah Defoe, a cousin of England footballer Jermain Defoe, died while on holiday at a small property in Vieux Fort.  The tragedy generated international headlines and the Saint Lucia government said it is keen to assure potential visitors that it’s safe to stay here.

Everistus Jn. Marie has been appointed as the sole commissioner in the investigation. He said though an investigation had been carried out by the Ministry of Infrastructure in the weeks after the tragic incident, an independent voice will help all parties find closure.

Hannah Defoe was electrocuted when she dived into a pool at Juliette’s Lodge where live electricity was in the pool. The Ministry of Infrastructure ordered the property shut and the power cut after faults were detected in the electrical wiring.

Jn. Marie said the probe will examine whether proper procedures were followed including inspection of the facility by officers within the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The probe is expected to be concluded on April 30.

Hannah Defoe, a talented dancer who studied at a performing arts college in Essex, was on a three-week trip to the island to celebrate her 21st birthday when she was electrocuted after diving into the hotel’s swimming pool. It is believed her cousin and aunt, Janet, also suffered electric shocks while trying to save her. Both were taken to hospital.

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  1. Hannah was a close friend of mine, she was an extremely talented young lady who was an amazing dancer, friend and had the most beautiful personality. Love and miss you Hannah xxxxxxxx shame on people who do not give a dam about this.

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  2. Courage you made a comment which was very ignorant of u to say the least,however it is high time st Lucia practice the healt and safety laws they have implied, as an electrician from st Lucia living in the UK ,the electrical law state in chapter 13 fundamental principles(protection for safety) section 4 and chapter 41of the requirements for electrical installation in the IET regulations 17th edition states that the contractor Must comply with the said law ,make it short and sweet for u to comprehend ,and must be compitent

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  3. BTW Courage... "we" know you are Ms. Courage. Yeah... soon is definitely coming... We'll meet *wink*

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  4. Courage, I wonder if St. Lucia has the technological mean/expertise by which to trace IP addresses for persons who post on sites like these. I appears that you, for some reason unknown to the rest of us, don't seem to care for this individual very much. Your comments, the lack of sensitivity within makes me begin to wonder if this tragedy was indeed an accident or if it was intended to look like one and if you are involved in some way. Why are you so anxious for them to "get over it already" and "move on"? why does this inquiry in particular bother you as much as it does? Are you afraid that the truth will indeed be discovered? What are you afraid of? Perhaps you know something about the alleged faulty wiring? Hmmmmm... be careful Courage... Scotland Yard IS always watching... you may yet receive a knock at your door and a visit. Running will be futile Courage..lol... I hope you got lots of it, hopefully more than you have brains...

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  5. And to you Wisdom with regards to your comment, unless I have misunderstood, I find it  very contradictory.    In a few sentences you seem to be negatively questioning fame & fortune as driving this inquiry with presumptions about "whereabouts and circumstances" of  Jermain's family. Then you  positively speak of concentrating on doing the right  thing! Just to clarify Jermain's money nor his fame  is  funding  or driving this inquiry. Neither is this inquiry making him richer!  The inquiry put simply, is protocol of any civilised society, carried out & funded by Governments. Its purpose  is, as you rightly said,  to do the right thing and provide evidence to determine what lead to Hannah's death and report who or what is accountable for it. Jermain does not deserve such snide remarks. He  is simply Hannah's cousin in this case and should be afforded  the same respect as anyone who has lost a family member so tragically. I hate to hear such narrow mindedness and aspersions to a person 'having money' . Like it makes them somewhat unworthy of feeling or thought. While you respectively end by saying may Hannah rest in peace. Some of what you have said is not 'Wisdom' and sounds derogatory and  can only invite further unwelcome comments like those of that individual Courage!

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  6. Yes Courage if this had been a St Lucian who had died here in England. An inquiry would have been carried out already and not delayed due to lack of St Lucian police evidence as we are hearing in our national papers here in England.

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  7. Well Well Courage I am disgusted by your comment -  how heartless you are. I have never heard  anything so hurtful  in my life. As so clearly put by those who have posted a comment - let's hope you never have to grieve for any member of your family who dies in such a tragic way. Better still I can only pray you don't succumb to something so terrible - to be electrocuted in water.  As a member of Hannah's family   to see her parents suffering daily because of the loss of their precious child in that way is heart breaking. Yes we know the inquiry will not bring our Hannah  back but, understanding how & why this tragedy happened  will help prevent it happening again and ensure people are safe in St Lucia. Ultimately the inquiry will give Mr & Mrs Defoe - Hannah's parents and the rest of us in the family answers for a such a senseless death. It will further bring us some comfort knowing this situation has been taken seriously and given the attention it deserves! But then being as callous as you are Courage you will probably not understand any of that. 

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  8. Well Well Courage I am disgusted by your comment -  how heartless you are. I have never heard  anything so hurtful  in my life. As so clearly put by those who have posted a comment - let's hope you never have to grief for any member of your family who dies in such a tragic way. Better still I can only pray you don't succumb to something so terrible - to be electrocuted in water.  As a member of Hannah's family   to see her parents suffering daily because of the loss of their precious child in that way is heart breaking. Yes we know the inquiry will not bring our Hannah  back but, understanding how & why this tragedy happened  will help prevent it happening again and ensure people are safe in St Lucia. Ultimately the inquiry will give Mr & Mrs Defoe - Hannah's parents and the rest of us in the family answers for a such a senseless death. It will further bring us some comfort knowing this situation has been taken seriously and given the attention it deserves! But then being as callous as you are Courage you will probably not understand any of that. 

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  9. courage the cowdardly dog!!!! what goes around come around!!!! becasue what you saw....it may just swing ur way!!!

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  10. i support this enquiry 1000%, people here people dont value human life. we just need to investigate the 10 or more young men police gunned down in 2010 to 2012.

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  11. never heard so much heartless statement as does this footballer knows,whereabouts of his family and the situation that they live in what a ridiculous comment to make,it has nothing to do with a footballer,and for your information this young woman was on holiday with her Saint Lucian family. A tragic accident ,what about the hotel did they carryout a safety check ? the purpose of the enquiry is to get to the bottom of it,and to make sure this tragic accident does not happen again to anyone, so pleas pray for this young woman and her family.R.I.P.

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  12. Courage Ou just Saloop!!! How could say something like that.. you little twat... You have a mother, a sister, an aunt, a cousin and it could have been either one of them. All on all is shows how slack St Lucia laws are in these regards and I remember that story for a while now. We need to be more accountable in such events. It should go as far as getting the maintenance man who last worked on that pool challenged in court. And for that matter strip him of his licence to practice repairs on anything thing. Someone was killed out of another persons negligence.

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  13. that person I assume doesn't evwn hold a bachelors degree.apart from being callous I suppose they don't know half of the economy is tourism and the menial job they probably have exists because of tourism...an inquiry is needed to ensure ppl feel safe to visit and assure locals that its safe as well!

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  14. Courage your statement show how small minded you are someone or anyone loosing their life by accident is tragic. you're are comparing this accident to if it was in England maybe you should go and live in Cuba, Iran,North Korea or Venezuela with all the other despots you so admire time to come out of the POND.

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  15. Is it because she is the cousin of footballer Jermain Defoe that this inquiry is stil going on.Does this footballer know the where abouts of his family n the suitation that they live in?Let us stop making the famous n the rich more rich n famous n concentrate on the right things to be done in this country.It could have been anyone in the pool at that moment.May she rest in peace.

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  16. I wonder if it had been a St.Lucian who died like that in England if there would be such an inquiry?...YAWN,she's dead already who cares,ppl die everyday.Lucians should not allow these ppl to come make them look small in our island.They would never do that B.S in Venezuela or Cuba or Iran or North KOREA if she passed away there.

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    • "She's dead already who cares"?? That is a very callous and dirty statement to make. She is someone's child, sister, friend and lost her life in her prime! How could you undervalue the woman like that!

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    • 'Courage' you are once cold hearted individual. What has it got to do with the rich and famous. How callous of you to have such a mentality. Of course there has to be an inquiry to ensure something like this does not happen again. I am sure her family are still grieving. Heartfelt sympathy to them all.

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      • yea yea yea,it's a death,get over it...You ppl act like your'll have never seen a dead body before.Jesus Christ you ppl are stupid!!!...There was faulty electrical done by maybe some cheap half-ass contractor (plenty of them on the island) What's there to inquire about?Charge the guy & move on.

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    • what an insensitive thing to say. Because of people like you St.Lucia is how it is, they just don't give a damn about human life. You should not even name yourself courage but rename it too I' am a big IDIOT. May she R.I.P

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