As of July 11th 2017, Saint Lucia had recorded 31 homicides – the total number of homicides for all of 2016. With roughly six  months still remaining in the year, police have expressed concern about the significant homicide count.
On July 12th, authorities at Chesterfield led by Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir and Acting Superintendent in charge of Crime Andre Collymore shared with the press insight into ongoing police strategies to deal the increasing body count.
Authorities also sought to allay public concern. Collymore noted, at least half of all 2017 homicides have been classified as ‘solved’ by investigators. ‘Solved’ crimes do not necessarily include convictions in a court of law. Criminal offences can be classified as ‘solved’ when police make arrests, proffer charges and collect substantiating evidence. [Watch video]
The 31st homicide victim, Charles “Stanley” Justin, was a Plateau, Babonneau resident and was recently released from custody at the Bordelais Correctional Facility [BCF]. Charles “Stanley” Justin was slapped with murder charges in 2016 in connection with the death of Dean Monlouis of La Guerre, Babonneau.
Justin, Monlouis and another man, Neil ‘Jerry’ Wilson who is currently on remand at BCF with a murder charge, were roommates at the time of the incident.
A relative of Charles “Stanley” Justin told HTS News4orce the dispute which preceded his death involved another man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. Justin was fatally stabbed in the quarrel between 7:50 pm and 8 pm July 11th along Jeremy Street, Castries.
Police have confirmed one person is in custody assisting with investigations.