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.