Police have arrested a man in connection with the homicide of Colin Peter, the 75-year-old Canadian tourist who was attacked and robbed on Vigie beach while walking with his wife almost two weeks ago.
Police said the man was arrested on Saturday but revealed no further details.
However, Police Commissioner Vernon Francois told CBC News on Sunday that police have been tracking a suspect for several days.
“It essentially came to a head yesterday when we were able to apprehend the suspect,” Francois was quoted by CBC News as saying.
“He was taken into custody and has since cooperated with law enforcement in terms of recovering some of the items belonging to the gentleman in question. I’m confident we should be able to charge him with murder.”
Francois told CBC News that police recovered the camera stolen during the robbery and that the suspect’s name will be released when he is charged on Monday or Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a police press release distributed late Monday, Nov. 26, said a post mortem examination conducted on Colin’s body on Nov. 21, revealed that he died from brain damage due to a blunt force trauma.
Colin and his wife Gwenthe Peter were “robbed of their valuables” on a beach on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 15 while vacationing at a “well known” hotel, police said.
Police further reported that Colin was hit with an object and lost consciousness and was transported via ambulance to Victoria Hospital where he was admitted.
He died at the same hospital at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 19. Reports are that Colin was hit on the head with a piece of wood.
Days after, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony said in a statement that Colin was in St. Lucia gathering information on his family tree, particularly of William Peter after whom the William Peter Boulevard in Castries is named.
Dr. Anthony vowed to bring the killer/s to justice.
“This tragic event will not go unpunished. I have already been in contact with the authorities here to ensure that everything we can do is being done to bring to justice the perpetrator of this crime,” the prime minister had said.
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