Ministry expected to issue comprehensive statement on forensic lab; Chereece Benoit homicide remains unsolved

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Ministry expected to issue comprehensive statement on forensic lab; Chereece Benoit homicide remains unsolved
The casket with the remains of murder victim Chereece Benoit being placed in a hearse following the funeral service at the
The casket with the remains of murder victim Chereece Benoit being placed in a hearse following the funeral service at the Minor Basilica in Castries on Tuesday. * Photo by Jerry George.

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Legal Affairs is expected to issue a statement on the operations of the Forensic Lab following a damning article last week that pointed to deficiencies in the manner in which the government handled staffing as well as the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution interface with the lab.

Minister Victor LaCorbinere says efforts are directed at having the Forensic Lab accredited but notes that a lack of accreditation does not hinder the lab’s operations.

In recent weeks the government has come under intense criticism about the function of the Forensic Lab, particularly in helping police solve cases like that of 19-year-old Chereece Benoit, who was killed at her home on Sept 12.

Meantime, Benoit, who was found bound and strangled at her Monchy home, was laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon.

It was standing room only at the Minor Basilica in Castries with scores more looking on. They came not only to mourn with the family and friends of Benoit but to also denounce violent crime.

Amid the sorrow is the painful reality that the person or persons who murdered the teen remain at large.

Police believe that the teenager was attacked and killed between 10 and 1:30 pm, but her body wasn’t discovered until 8:45pm when her mom arrived home from work.

A number of officers were present at the funeral service as part of their investigation.

Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime and Intelligence, Frances Henry, has confirmed that the case is challenging because no motive can be ascertained.

Investigators are unable to determine at this time whether Benoit knew her attacker or she surprised burglars in the home.

ACP Henry has called on the public to continue to share information on the case if they have any.

Anyone with information on the Chereece Benoit case can contact the Major Crimes Unit at 456-3754.

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  1. Can I ask. Police not doing fingerprinting again? A useful crime solving tool. With all the time the perpetrator(s) would have spent at the house there should be prints scattered around. So is it a case of no resources

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  2. They were not her friends bcz friends stay with u in good times and bad times. if she was as close as u said i know they would say something. again is jealousey part of this senseless life being lost. tlk to the so fab 5 see if they noticed any thing did she have a boyfriend? Was he messing with her so call friends people wake u
    up if u know something plz tell the
    police help help dont let her death
    and death of the others be in vain thanks. justice justice i pray for all the innocent young people that have been taken away from their loved ones may peace prevail in st.lucia i.pray

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  3. This is close because I know the family no one knows why this happened. We just know that it happened. We need to look at the whole picture and ask important questions like. WHO WHAT AND WHY. WHO DID IT? WHY THEY DID IT? AND WHAT MADE THEM DO IT? Open up your eyes and ears let the streets talk because the streets never lie ask her friends u know the Fab 5 or the Diva Girls as they were called. we stand behind the police and we support them in there efforts to find out what happened to Chereece. Her friends know more then are willing too tell to the St.Lucian police department open up your forensic lab and figure this out. Open up your computer labs and get into the social media websites like Twitter and Face Book and find out the 3 most important questions I stated earlier WHO, WHAT AND WHY?

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    • NO WE AS HER FRIENDS NO NOTHING.. WOW U REALLY THINK AS HER BEST FRIENDS WE’D HIDE THAT INFORMATION?? FUCK YOU.

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  4. Sorry about that::: a mother left her only child home and went to work. this child is in her own home the person or persons who commite this hierous crime is a coward. its my belife that she knew her attacker. I pray that her mom was not invouled in any shady dealings. hope not for the sake of peace.

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  5. I wasn't there at da time but I always say dat murder have sum thing to do with da mom. They wudnt kill ur daughter just so. U av an idea wats going on so please tell da police something at least they will continue investigatin

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  6. if a single mother loose her daughter instead of having pity on the lady u talking bout interrogating her , why would a mother kill her child after so many years when the child is all grown up n able to do things for herself @E.M

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  7. I just don't know what the ..is wrong with people in power, those who are being paid by the public, those who swore an oath to serve the populace. Those stupid are drunk with power, but Karma has a way of getting them back. We reap what we sow...tenfold!

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  8. I agree with you, this case seems very fishy. the young lady wasnt raped, the house was only ransacked, nothing stolen. looks like the person came to get revenge, there is more to this case.

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  9. First off, the police anywhere never determines the time of death. The coroner does that. What training did they obtain to do that? (2) If I were not getting intouch with my child, the first thought would not be that she is being murdered, or has been murdered. The saint lucian government needs to get their selves in check and hire people to fill the lab. How can a lab be open for numerous years and it is not staffed??? this is a waste of tax payers money ( my money included) So instead of pointing fingers at political parties (UWP/SLP), the government needs to step up and do their damn jobs.

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  10. she did try to contact her before she got home though she probably thought she was asleep or busy or something.. Any ordinary parent who cant reach their child at home wouldnt automatically think of something like this happening & wouldnt find it that strange.

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  11. If it is that she was killed between 10 and 1.30 as the report suggests, and her mother discovered the body about 8.45 again according to reports, you mean to tell me at no time not until 8.45 did she try to communicate with her daughter? she didn't find it strange that her daughter didn't communicate with her on BB for soooo long? was that usual? I may be off on a tangent here but this just seems a bit fishy to me.

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    • I'm sorry to say but i have to agree with you "Observer", when there's no motive in a homicide or suspects then family members and friends become suspects... I think this single mother needs to be interrogated

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    • her mother was trying to call her throughout the day and found it weird that she was not responding, but simply assumed she was busy, sleeping or went somewhere......
      naturally, her first inclination was not my daughter is murdered.

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