Police have confirmed that the vehicle driven by homicide victim Akwaso Francois was discovered on Monday in Barre D’Isle (also called Badlin).
The vehicle was burnt.
No one has been charged for Francois’ death and the assault on his girlfriend Eva Louis.
Police said on Monday that two persons are in custody assisting with investigations but there is no indication as yet if those persons are still being held.
According to a police press release, “On Friday, November 15, 2013, about 8:33 p.m. police officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department received a report of an incident which occurred on Millenium Highway, Castries.
“The officers responded immediately. Upon arrival, they received information that 33-year-old Akwaso Francois, a resident of Entrepot, Castries was driving his motor car, registration number 1498, along the Millenium Highway in the direction of Castries. He was accompanied by 27-year-old Ava Louis of Monier, Gros Islet and two other male passengers known to them.
“Whilst on the motor car, an altercation occurred resulting in both Francois and Louis sustaining serious injuries. They were transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance where they were treated and admitted in critical condition. Francois subsequently succumbed to his injuries,” the police press release stated.
Meanwhile, Louis is now in stable condition.
A friend said Louis sustained a fractured skull, broken finger, numerous bruises, among other injuries.
“Her face is really swollen and she received several blows to the head,” the friend said, adding that Louis is able to communicate and her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Louis and Francois, who would have celebrated his birthday in a week’s time, are past employees of Peter and Company.
Francois was employed at St. Jude’s Hospital in the accounts department at the time of his death.
St. Lucia News Online understands that Francois gave the two men – considered to be friends – a ride on his way to Castries.
The cause of the altercation is not known or not yet disclosed.
Francois’ death is the island’s 30th recorded homicide so far this year.