By Sharleene Lindsay
(St. Lucia News Online) — Police sources have confirmed that the suspect in the murder of 70-year-old restaurant owner Renato Venturi and the attempted murder of his wife is now behind bars.
The suspect, who is reportedly well-known to the victim, was arrested on Sunday, and charges are expected to be filed soon, sources said.
Police reports have indicated that Renato and his wife, Cheryl Venturi, 68, were attacked by a male assailant as the couple entered their home on Belma Lane, off Morne Road, Castries, on the night of Saturday, October 10, 2020.
Police said Renato was lashed in the back of the head and died at the scene while his wife was severely beaten, also sustaining head injuries. She was hospitalised in critical condition but has since been discharged from the hospital.
Renato was the owner of Renato’s Restaurant, which specialises in Italian cuisine. The business is located in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet.