Bail was refused to four men who appeared at the Second District Court (Vieux-Fort) on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 on a joint charge of murder of a Vieux-Fort man on Christmas Day.
The four men: Richey Auguste, 28; Danny Preville, 25; Lucaius Gilbert, 24; and Kaja Vigier, 20; all of Belle Vue, Vieux Fort made their first court appearance today, where the charge was read to them.
They are accused of brutally chopping to death Oswald Downes alias “Shadda” of Pierrot, Vieux Fort, during a j’ouvert celebration on Christmas Day in Belle Vue, Vieux-Fort.
The 38-year-old father of three was “chopped repeatedly like an animal,” according to eyewitnesses. Some described it as watching a movie or a slaughter house scene.
Sources in the community had told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that an ongoing feud between persons from Belle Vue and Pierrot may have led to his demise.
A post-mortem conducted on the body of Downes revealed that he died as a result of hemorrhagic shock secondary to assault caused by sharp instrument.
The men are scheduled to make another court appearance on February 9, 2016.