WIA calls on PM for explanation of under-utilization of Tapion Forensic Laboratory

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WIA calls on PM for explanation of under-utilization of Tapion Forensic Laboratory

As another innocent victim is laid to rest today, The United Workers Party’s Women in Action (WIA) following its press statement of September 16th, 2013; the damming contents of a letter by former Forensic Consultant Ms. Valerie Fuller of the US (Star Newspaper September 18th, 2013); and the enlightening interview of Mr. Louis Murray Former Consultant Forensic Scientist on the inadequacies of the Lab; states that we are not satisfied with the non-committal comments of the National Security Minister that “The lab is properly staffed, not to say we could not do with some additional staff, the lab is highly equipped and well-staffed.”

“Two months ago there was a slight problem; the major consultant attached to that lab was in transition, one consultant moved out and a new consultant has been brought on board”.

This is a wholly inadequate response to the outrage and panic invoked by the senseless murder of yet another young woman in Saint Lucia.

The comments of the Minister of National Security, Senator Victor La Corbiniere, do not reflect the dire situation at the Lab and the general lackadaisical approach of crime management in Saint Lucia. Certainly, Minister La Corbiniere needs to do more than issue a passing comment to quell the fears of our women and the people of St. Lucia.

We therefore, wish to reiterate our call for a full and proper explanation from the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Security, and the Minister of Health into the under-utilization of the Tapion Forensic Laboratory.

This is a necessary first step to bring some hope of resolution to the families of, Tricia Denis, Gizelle Georges, Pascaline Bertin, Verlinda Joseph, Feliciana Charles, Berthelie Mangal, Alisha Hunte, Joanne Cox, Christel Fanis and her unborn child, as well as the most recent, Chereece Benoit etc.. All of whom were murdered with their alleged perpetrator/perpetrators still at large.

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  1. When is the Governemnt going to stop sitting on the fence and sort the mess out? Mr Anthony - I am sure that if a member of your family was murdered you would get action so why do you not help all of us that have dear ones murdered to get the cases heard? We have been waiting 23 months and still no action. Just delays and excuses that there are back logs. Forensics -a joke!
    I guess St Lucia is waiting for Tourists to stop coming especially when they hear that crime is worse than Jamaica. You need help - it is not a shame to ask for help. I am sure many countries will assist. But your DPP needs to decide to work with everyone and not have this high and mighty attitude.

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  2. Exactly what needs to happen before we get some justice in this place. Then we wonder why crime is out of control. Well here is an idea the criminals know that the wheels in our justice system i.e "the system" is deflated and going no where. But the more things change the more they remain the same. Victims, their families and friends continue to get the middle finger from what passes as justice in this country. We ask for answers from our leaders and they are mute because they know that they can get away with whatever. WAKE UP MY PEOPLE!!! WE MUST RALLY AND DEMAND WHAT WE NEED AS A PEOPLE FORGET ALL THE POLITICIANS because their pockets fat already. We have to be each others keeper.

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  3. There are some inaccuracies in this statement; Some of the perpetrators are actually incarcerated in at least 2 of these cases. If the WIA were so concerned about the lives of these young women they would know this.
    The other tragedy is that even when these perpetrators are arrested, it takes YEARS before these cases are brought to trial. Why are you not addressing this issue? THAT is not only a severe human rights violation but it is justice delayed and therefore justice denied for the victim

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  4. Wow!! What a list. I had not realised that so many of our woman have been so affected by this sort of act. And yet still there seems to be no hast by the administrations to address this issue and bring some level of hope to our ppl. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grand mothers, grand fathers, aunts, uncles, nephews, neices, wives, husbands. Its not only the victim who suffers.

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  5. There is not supossed to be a statement there is supossed to be a full Enquiry into the operation or non operation of the Lab. If this is going to be another "The System let them down" We need to investigate exactly where the System has the problem. We need to know NOW where the buck stops. Who is this System that we constantly blame? Why was the consultant frustrated into resigning and who is the new one? Why hasn't work restarted. Is it a political "job for the boys" in transition while people suffer and die? Media, we need you to pick up the mantle and ask these questions for god forbade that one day RIck will be silenced.

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