The mother of a teenage girl who was brutally stabbed by a male in Pavee, Castries over three months ago has expressed concern over the slow pace at which her daughter’s case is being handled.
Heather Charles told St Lucia News Online (SNO) recently that she has no confidence in the court system and believes that her daughter will not get the justice she deserves.
“They give me another date for court. I took the entire day off of work to deal with court and they called it off and give me a new date,” Charles related to SNO.
Charles said the delay in the court system is a major concern not only for her, but many St. Lucians.
Her daughter, Felicity Florton’s court hearing was scheduled for September 9, however due to unforeseen circumstances the matter was postponed to September 19.
According to Charles, Florton is in a much better condition; however because of the tubes in her lungs she is unable to attend school in this new academic term.
Charles said she is still faced with an EC$4,000 hospital bill and that no attempts have been made by the accused or his family to render any assistance.
The mother said she had been advised by officers dealing with the matter to take the bill to court, but explained that with the delay, she may not be able to receive any assistance in that regard.
Florton, a 15-year-old George Charles Secondary School student, was stabbed multiple times in Pavee, Castries by 18-year-old Stephon Joseph of Pavee, Castries on Thursday, June 12.
Joseph was released on bail on the basis of land surety for an attempted murder charge.