Young man abducted, beaten and kicked off precipice

Young man abducted, beaten and kicked off precipice
Jimmy Estephane showing his injuries.
Jimmy Estephane showing his injuries.

A 21-year-old man from Derniere Riviere, Belmont is lucky to be alive today after he was abducted, beaten and kicked off a precipice in Pavee, Castries on Monday night (May 5).

In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO), Jimmy Estephane gave details of his horrific experience which occurred around 7 p.m.

Estephane said he was walking near the cathedral and was “talking to someone on his phone.” While “texting,” he said two men held him and pushed him in a car. He was blind-folded.

He said it happened so fast, he did not see their faces, except that “one had corn rows (hairstyle) and one had a white top”.

Nothing much – if anything at all – was said by them during the brief drive which ended at Pavee.

That’s when the worst part of the nightmare unfolded.

Estephane told SNO that the men began to beat him in his face, while trying to remove his shirt, pants and shoes.

“While they beating me, one of them keep saying ‘shoot him, shoot him’. They were beating me all over my face, my eyes, mouth,” he said.

He recalled he was removed from the vehicle.

“One of them kicked me down the hill,” Estephane said.

Jimmy works in the Castries market, helping vendors carry goods.

Luckily, he only sustained bruises from the fall. He said he ran to the Fire Department in Castries where he was treated. He then made a report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) nearby. Relatives later took him to St. Jude Hospital.

The perpetrators took his phone, about $105 cash, a sponsorship sheet, and his bag.

Estephane, who works as a handy man in the Castries market and “part time at the St. Lucia Marketing Board,” said that he has no clue why someone would want to hurt him.

“I don’t look for trouble with people,” he said.

Police are investigating the incident.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. Deep respect for the law but i don't think it's a good idéa for the police to béat people. There is a court house and i think that s Where the problem should be solved.

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  2. "worriedabout" you are right to a certain extent that this country is 80% leaches. It is exhibited where people have no values or convictions. Why make a descision when someone can make it for me? Why work when someone can work for me? Why pay taxes when someone can pay for me. The politicians are the greatest leaches of the all for they fall into all these categories while delivering no good results. ASK yourself why.

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    • I didn't say that the country is 80% leaches; I only referred to the criminals as leaches who wait for honest people to do the hard work and rob them off their rewards.

      I do not point fingers at the government/politicians either because I feel that this is more down to the individuals and their sense of morals. There are people who have lived in one room homes, yes one room serving as bedroom, living room, kitchen and sharing that with 4 kids even before the recession and whom have never resort to such despicable acts. They work hard and survive on whatever little ka-ka-dun they earn.

      Yes the government and high level "VIPs" can help but it is really down to the individual to do the right thing. Everyone has it hard, even some of the "boojois" crying tings hard so why can't them criminal idiots put in more effort to better their situation rather than making other people's worse off?

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  3. For the people have NOT failed in paying their taxes. But the Government HAS failed in delivering service to the people. WE CANNOT continue blaming ourselves for a job that we are not responsible for. It is up to the government to deliver its side of the bargain. IT IS A CONTRACT OF FAITH. So party hacks stop trying to blame the people for mismanagement of your governments. FIX THIS

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  4. People the criminal is not the main problem for everywhere there is crime. A decent young man or woman can become a criminal with the snap of a finger by just being placed in a situation. I may end up in jail or even YOU for things that we may not even forsee. BUT the correct thing to do in any civilized society is to have a proper justice system, programs & opportunities for youths, good governance and a good economy to support its aspirations.

    WE have played a blind eye to all these requirements and we have now turned on ourselves. The reason being we have allowed those in authority to dictate to us what should be our values and they have spread their rotten seeds of divide and rule amongst us. Today WE even question when a man is robbed whether he is genuine or not. Whether someone who was murdered died in good faith. Someone who died in the hands of our protectors whether the victim was to blame or not. At the end of the day this is hurting our country. MURDER IS MURDER and someone has to answer for it. It matters not whether his punishment is a beating or death. The bottomline is that he has to be arrested and brought before a competent court and a sentence executed within a reasonable time. Have we tried that? So how can we ever decide whether this has failed. Ignore these party hacks who try to devide us for their benefit and the benefit of their party.

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  5. Why do you call yourself"Peeper Seed" if you don't mean it.Who say the Police have no right to beat anyone go tell that to the Police in the USA,England and all the major countries since we have no Capital punishment, what is the deterrent? how many can the Prison hold? who pays for it your tax and my tax. I have said it before and I will say it again some criminals need some good lashes with a LOLOBEF.

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  6. People are so cruel in the world today. Dont want to work hard for what they want. Just want the easy life and innocent ppl have to suffer. So sad

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  7. It ever easy to stop the government don't want too.and i kw the solution for that. They need to be separated from the main stream. Like world war 2..

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  8. Jimmy is a hard working respectable young man. I've known him for some years now and can only say positive things about him.
    Criminals do attack the innocent! Some of us can only talk shit. Get your heads out of the sand. They don't only attack each other.

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  9. thats just F****** horrible .... becoming scared of Lucia seems like we'reheading in the direction of Trinidad and Tobago ... screw that we are there. these criminals need to be dealt with forcefully if they could kidnap this boy take his money beat him up wtf is stopping them from soon trying to kidnap business men and other prominent ppl. some ppl really hustling hard to survive and these pieces of shit are there to prey on the innocent.. capital punishment should be taken more seriously ... because nothing deters these asses

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    • REdrose ....so prominent people are more important that the regular folk...why the stress on prominent people? why can't you just say people....stupsss

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  10. Now why would someone want to harm hard working Jimmy? I'm sad and heart broken. Hope you get well soon Jimmy

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  11. On the other hand...I hope the young man recovers fully from this tragedy and that these fools are caught and face the same or worse torture...its not right!!

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  12. St.Lucians don't know what they want..When the police beat these criminals Lucians crying police brutality...shut up when they give them licks!!

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    • The police have no right to beat anyone...They only need to arrest the culprits and to bring them before a court of law.

      The police is only one half of the law and should not take the law into their own hands. Once the suspects are caught they should be brought before the other half of the law which is a court where they will be dealt with.

      If they are found guilty then the judge will pass the right sentence if not then they will be acquitted. Police should NOT beat people up. You are so wrong there sir. No wonder we have such a violent society in St Lucia with such warped thinking.

      The police is not above the law. No one is above the law. Violence begets violence.These thugs who did this to the poor lad had no right to do what they did to him. No one deserve such treatment. Let's hope the police can catch them before they attack someone else....And hope this young bloke can recover from his ordeal.

      Once caught and brought before the court the judge and jury has the final say and can either acquit or convict them once the evidence is there...

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    • sometimes those who was for it are the ones being harmed, walk with your scaple and leave a mark that will send them for treatment

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  13. Sounds like we need to hang a few bad Johns, St. Lucia has become like a zoo filled with mad wild animals.

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  14. Lucians are coward.. we never want to stand for whats not right.. we the public we are afraid to voice our opinions.. on another note we have a shity police force.. spend more time abusing their power than using it for the greater good.. a whole bunch of dutty police

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  15. I dont know wasn't there but to those of u who think this story sound fishy i feel the same way. Something is missing the guys had guns but push u down a cliff instead. Don't know what to believe n why is your face all over sno talking about u went to CID not afraid of retaliation

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