Police says five stabbing deaths recorded so far this year

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Police says five stabbing deaths recorded so far this year
Aniel Innocent.
Aniel Innocent.

St. Lucia has recorded 24 homicides so far this year with five resulting in deaths caused by stabbing, Police Press Officer Aniel Innocent told St Lucia News Online (SNO) in a recent interview.

According to Innocent, the figure is not alarming since the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has recorded a number of stabbing over the years, which has now become a common trend.

“It is not something to worry about because in the past years we had a number of stabbing cases and it has become a trend. Persons will find whatever means necessary when committing a homicide to get the job done,” she added

The press officer said while the police force is doing its best to deal with the issue, the situation calls for greater focus on conflict resolution, especially among youths who often times use violence in every situation.

“Our youth do not know how to get their conflicts resolved without getting physical and persons need to get into conflict resolution instead of using physical force to come to an amicable resolution when there is a conflict,” Innocent advised.

Innocent reminded that it is a serious offence to be carrying any sharp objects on person, without sufficient explanation. She related that persons found with any such objects are usually arrested and placed before the courts.

“It is an offense to carry dangerous objects around. When we refer to objects we refer to knifes, cutlasses, scissors or anything that can be used to stab an individual,” she explained.

The police press officer urged all citizens to help in restoring peace to the island and to desist from any violent activity against each other.

The most recent stabbing incident that resulted in a death, involved 27-year-old Lucius ‘Jerry’ Francis of Rockhall, Marchand.

It is alleged that Francis was stabbed during a fight with a friend of a relative. The incident took place near the home of the victim’s father.

Francis was an employee of Pan American Life Insurance Group.

There have been a number of reported cases of stabbing island wide over the last few weeks, most of which resulted in serious wounding.

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  1. I think that she wanted to say that the number is not alarming as there have been higher numbers this time of year, wrong choice of words.

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  2. nothing to worry about .....SMH.....that's what she will say because the police themselves killing pple.......SMH

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  3. I too is baffled at this ridiculous statement. So much so that i had to read the comment twice to make sure I saw correctly.like we supposed to just sit back and accept stabbings as an alternative to murders committed with firearms?!!!! Smh

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  4. OH OH Officer Innocent you made a big faux par in your choice of words..It is not something to worry about...next time think before you answer questions when being interview..then again we all make mistakes

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  5. I have winessed on countless occasions where the officers see these people and do nothing. Furthermore, how do we know that this person is a farmer. Some mentally ill people do carry their weapons in plain view and police notice it.

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  6. “It is not something to worry about..." This is a crass, stupid and irresponsible comment from a police spokeperson.

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  7. Exactly NINA that statement by the police officer is insensitive and dismissive of stabbings. Poor choice of words. Does that reflect the attitude and commitment of the police towards dealing with and solving stabbings

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  8. they will get caught and will be charged some ridiculous amount like 500 notes petty cash really and will be back out on the streets Before you can say death by stabbing!

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  9. It is an offence to carry dangerous objects. So why on a daily basis do people carry cutlasses without any kind of covering. No enforcement of laws. Just alot of talk.

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    • So do you think Police can be everywhere at all times, or be there in the faction of a second when someone is walking by with an uncovered cutlass?

      Most times, the people carrying an uncovered cutlass is a farmer.

      Majority of the times when a cutlass is hidden on a person, it MOST LIKELY means that individual will be using it to commit a crime.

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  10. “It is not something to worry about" Really? This should be major concern. The way our people deal with conflict is important in helping to curb crime.

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