St Lucia police praised by PM after three held for robbing tourists
CASTRIES, St Lucia, Wednesday April 17, 2013 - Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony Tuesday praised law enforcement officials for their quick response to the robbery of bus load of tourists at the Botanical Gardens in Soufriere, south of here over the last weekend.
Anthony also heaped praised on the police for detaining a man wanted in the murder of a 22-year-old woman, the attempted murder of a man and the rape of another woman.
Anthony has emphasized the importance of cooperation by the general public to ensure that similar results are yielded in other ongoing investigations.
“When the police are able to gather intelligence which lead them to the arrest of suspects in the way that was done in these particular cases, it must be highlighted and commended.
“The partnership between the police and the general public is essential to building a safe community. I am pleased with the work of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and the general citizenry, who worked together to ensure that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes were apprehended,” he added.
A police statement said that while none of the tourists had been hurt during the ordeal, the gunmen had robbed them of money, jewellery, cameras, and cell phones.
It said that one of the men had been detained less than 24 hours after the robbery and in a written statement confirmed his involvement in the robbery of the tourists that came here on board the cruise liner, Celebrity Eclipse.
The police said two other men were detained on Monday and that three local tour guides had also been robbed.
Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus had described the incident as an “unfortunate and a horrible scenario” while St Lucia Tourist Board Chairman Mathew Beaubrun called it a “rare incident”.
The incident had been widely reported in Britain after Celebrity Cruises confirmed that at least 55 passengers and two crew members were visiting the Botanical Gardens when the robbery occurred.
Anthony said he was urging the population to “continue to support the police in the fight against crime as we work towards a safer St. Lucia”. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)