“We are doing our best” – Deputy PM to Pratt’s concerns

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“We are doing our best” – Deputy PM to Pratt’s concerns
From left: Pierre and Pratt
From left: Pierre and Pratt

Deputy Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has responded to concerns made by Margaret Pratt, whose husband Roger Pratt was robbed and murdered on their yacht in St. Lucia, in January.

Pierre said St. Lucia is doing its best to bring some closure to the family.

“Many things we would like to happen quicker, but the fact is we are doing our best and the process is continuing,” the deputy prime minister told the media recently.

Asked if the new criminal judge that was promised will be confirmed anytime soon, Jn Pierre said it is a process and the government is still working on it.

“We have resource constraints. We are doing all we can do in the current fiscal environment,” he said.

A second criminal judge was promised at the beginning of this year.

Margaret had criticised the island’s justice system in a recent interview with the Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom. She is also demanding that the police speed up the investigation.

Pratt found her husband Roger, 62, a retired engineer, floating face-down in the sea after four men stormed their yacht and attacked the couple.

Four men – Richie Kern, Kervin Devaux, Fannis Joseph and Jeromine Jones – who were arrested for her husband’s murder appeared before the Second District Court in Vieux Fort for the third time on Friday, April 11.

The last court appearance was aimed at determining whether there is sufficient evidence to commit them to trial. Nothing has been heard since.

Many persons have complained bitterly about the slow pace of justice on the island and are not confident in the courts. About 2,000 criminal cases and 12 trials are brought before the court, with one sitting criminal judge.

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  1. Why don't we fire a few consultants. Suggestions Silas Wilson, Denis Springer, Christopher Hunte, Chazzy, Mennissa or Ernest. Then would we have the resources to afford another criminal Judge? I guess we would. After all, isn't justice more more important to the people that the services the abovenamed people provide?

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  2. My disappointment is so many St. Lucians including many victims of crime have been begging for a much more efficient justice system. Journalists, talk show hosts and Mary Francis have also been pleading. There are persons whose cases have been highlighted ten years waiting for their cases to be called. We have never heard Philip Pierre respond to any of them.

    Now in quick time he can find a voice to respond to the lady. Shame on you Pierre. But it just shows how important the small St. Lucian person is. Cyah find money to appoint one or two additional judges but can appoint consultants galore some of whom are worthless political appointments

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  3. Everyone needs to hear a sorry sometimes and I think MS Pratt deserve so one has nothing to do with the other. In England they probably would not say they were sorry though so we live and we learn that at least we can be sympathetic here in Lucia.

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  4. Pierre I think you did the right thing but I think this Margret lady know that a murder case is not completed so fast so she needs to wait. Not even in Englad and the US it is solved and convicted so fast so why the hell she wants the case to complete so fast. If she wants to put her life on hold for a dead man then she could go ahead because she may die before these fools go to trial. I think they are no good to do such but the system is the same everywhere we go. At least they had an arrest right away. Lady please. I am sorry for what happen to you and your loss and I am ashamed of that too but you know the law dont pretend that it only happens fast because its you.

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  5. Really Pierre???
    I can't understand why you would cower to the British in such a manner.

    You should simply say, "this is left to the Judiciary and tell her to wait her turn"

    Seriously Pierre you behaved like a scared female.

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    • Here we have it Ladies & Gentlemen,Beverly Anthony(the lost daughter of Kenny Anthony) has just responded.Note how she puts pressure on her fathers back up to ignore the lady's cry for justice.

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  6. The time taken to find what Guy didn't do, just bragging in parliament, solve problems that happen here. That's what ppl put you all there to do. Not criticizing pass government and their work. (Little boys)

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  7. Always doing you all best, banc of bullshit talkers, sue them! So they can continue borrowing, that's what they good at. Crap talk

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