St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Arrests have only been made in four of the twenty six murders recorded in St. Kitts and Nevis thus far in 2016.

Police Commissioner Ian Queeley responding to WINN FM’s question about the homicide detection rate at the Prime Minister’s press conference on Wednesday (Oct 26):

“To date there are twenty-six homicides in the federation; in terms of the detection rate there were four murders detected.”

The Commissioner explained that the death of police constable Brian Pacquette as a result of being shot by a fellow officer was not included in the figure.

Commenting on the fact that the murder toll for 2016 has already surpassed that of 2015, The Commissioner said police are still grappling with the lack of information coming from the public, information the police desperately need in order to prosecute the murderers.

“When we’re going to speak about murders the major challenge that we still continue to face is that of the evidence that is required to prosecute these matters. Most of the murders, like the one yesterday [St. Johnston Village killing Tuesday] happen in the presence of persons in the community who do not come forward and give the evidence and the community should be frowning on these things instead of putting the blame back to the police, because they are present.:

He said there are different means by which persons can give evidence such as using Crimestoppers, or giving testimony via video conference.

“…but yet they don’t give the information. Of course it would always benefit us to go the way of science and technology and we are advancing in that area, but it all comes back to what we as a community continue to settle.

“So we always want to make the appeal to the general community, while being sympathetic to the loss of lives, to come forward and say something when they see something. The question we would want to ask the public, is it that sort of society that you would want for your children and grandchildren to grow up into if we just sit back and watch these things happen.”

When asked if resources for the security forces would be better spent on boosting the Force’s forensic capabilities as opposed to paying for security consultants, Commissioner Queeley said the consultants with Bramshill Policing Advisors from the UK have so far been very helpful to the security forces.



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