“I have no confidence in the justice system” – mother of Pavee stab victim

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“I have no confidence in the justice system” – mother of Pavee stab victim
One of Florton’s stab wounds.

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.

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  1. Mum, did you have confidence before the incident? Cases are being adjourned whiles ALL lawyers in Lucia getting filthy rich. It is even more sickening when i see that our PM is a lawyer and so are his compatriots. They cannot even solve the problems there, so what else can they solve. Hope and pray that one day not a single lawyer will be in government, until then we will suffer.

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  2. Another issue that needs immediate and serious attention
    by the government of the day. This is so unfair to the victims. But no one seems to care. Well this is Slu .

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  3. SP You come across as an apologist for corrupt and dirty system which has no consideration for the average St. Lucian.

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  4. And to address you comment further. Yes, many of the delays are in fact a direct consequence of the magistrates etc being bound to follow certain rule. Compliance wd be achieved quicker if there were more resources. Sadly a lot of persons who comment r ignorant to how the system actually works. Admittedly this is the fault of the relevant authorities whose duty it is to ensure that the public is educated on those matters.

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  5. @justice. My comments were not aimed at making excuses. I acknowledge that there are serious flaws in the justice system many of which stem from lack of financial and human resources etc. I was simply explaining that no magistrate or judge or justice system for that matter sets out to deliberately frustrate persons. Legal assistance would put her in a position to hv the best chance for a timely solution. I was merely trying to assist. Whilst operating a proper justice system is the state's duty , how much does it help her to complain? What I was suggesting was a practical solution she can use now. Even if the state and legal profession are working on solutions, they will not happen tomorrow. So ...in the circumstances legal assistance is her best shot #thatsall

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  6. Why the excuses SP. U tellin me the hundreds of cases in that same situation are all because of the excuses u have given.

    When persons very knowledgeable are saying the justice system stinks u have lame excuses and advising the lady to go seek legal help. That is the state's duty. She is tax payer aint she

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  7. This justice system is sickening. The victims of crime has to be victims all over again with all this delay in the court system. This is just sickening, it is high time they made this legal system more efficient.

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  8. WELCOME TO THE HELEN OF THE WEST WHERE THERE IS NO JUSTICE SYSTEM!!I KNOW WHAT SHE'S TALKING,I'M IN THE SAME SITUATION,BUT WITH THOSE WHO MAKE THE LAWS.SMDH!IF ONLY WE HAD A NAME LIKE CHASTANET,COMPTON ETC!!!!

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  9. I expect no justice in this situation as with most, unless she have serious high profile links of makes a huge public issue of it and embarrasses the government. Other than that she will be forced to move on without any closure. Sad, Sad, sad.

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  10. Well, i definitely understand the ladys frustration, in 1995 I had a similar situation and when I realize that it was going no where, as far as the Justice system goes, my next course was to leave the island for good, and for fear of my life, due to the fact there was 10 postponements and either they could not find the witness or the officer was not available, we are in 2014 now and nothing had ever been done to help my case which i will not go into detail about.

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  11. FILE A CIVIL SUIT AGAINST HIM AND HIS FAMILY FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING, MALICIOUS DAMAGES ETC. IT HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE 6 MONTHS PASS OR YOU WONT BE ABLE TO FILE AFTER THAT.

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  12. Guys whilst I can understand the lady's frustration, the cases are not adjourned just for fun. The court is bound by certain rules and a hearing cannot take place if all is not in order. I know personally that most magistrates/judges/masters make every effort to proceed as quickly as they can. I would suggest legal assistance. There are several attorneys who may be willing to offer discounted or pro bono services. This will help her to firstly understand the process which would in turn help speed things along.

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  13. THATS STLUCIA FOR YOU HUNNI THE LAND THE PEOPLE THE LIGHT ...... BACKWARD AS ASSSSSS AND SLOW YOU KNOW NONE WILL COME OF YOUR CASE SO IS BEST U TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS

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  14. i think the reason this happend is cause the high court may be on vacation. there are no judges present right now so i believe thats why matters are adjourned around this time

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  15. the lady is correct, unfortunately.

    Everyone with a little bit of intelligence knows what's going on.

    THANK YOU POLITICIANS / JUDGES / CIVIL SERVANTS - YOU DE BEST.

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