(St. Lucia News Online) — Forensic analysis has linked a deceased escaped prisoner to a gruesome murder in Grand Ravine, Dennery, police disclosed on Monday.
“Forensic analysis concluded that there had been contact between Markin Marquis alias Roadblock and St. Omer Abott, who was fatally shot on November 16, 2019, at Grande Ravine, Dennery. Markin Marquis was fatally shot by police on March 25, 2020 in Dennery (during an operation to recapture him), after escaping lawful custody (from the Bordelais Correctional Facility),” police said in a statement.
St. Omer Abbott, who was believed to be in his mid-50s to early 60s, was found dead at his home at about 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Police said St. Omer sustained gunshot and cutlass wounds.
A note was reportedly discovered next to his body which read in effect: “When you owe you must pay.”
Photos of St. Omer’s body lying in a pool of blood on the white-tiled floor, next to a stove in a kitchen, were uploaded to social media at the time.
According to reports, there was no suspected forced entry to his home and it was a relative who discovered his body.
Meanwhile, Markin Marquis, who was on remand at Bordelais for murder, was shot dead by law enforcement officials — about five days after he and others escaped from the prison facility.
According to police sources at the time, Marquis was shot while the lawmen attempted to apprehend him in the Dennery beach area.
The authorities were reportedly tipped off that he was attempting to leave the island via boat, sources say.
An illegal firearm was allegedly found in Marquis’ possession.
It is unclear whether he had discharged his weapon.
Marquis was well known to the police for many years.