(SNO) — Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) Leader Therold Prudent has said that the “senseless” murders occurring in Saint Lucia will eventually have a serious impact on the image and economic viability of the country.
The homicide case of 66-year-old British national Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway is one of those deaths that have further tarnished the image of the island, Prudent said.
Hathaway’s bloodied body was reportedly discovered in his residence in Piat, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet by a neighbour on Sunday, January 13, around midday. Police said Hathaway’s body bore “apparent wounds” and he was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical practitioner.
Prudent told St. Lucia News Online in an interview that he was “very dismayed” by Hathaway’s death, adding that “it made me feel particularly sad for our nation, and its image throughout the broader international community”.
“These senseless murders occurring on our island will eventually have a serious impact on the economic viability of Saint Lucia. In fact, as those negative stories are published in capitals around the world, it will no doubt give would be visitors or persons who may wish to invest in our nation and make it their home, the chills about wanting to come to our shores,” Prudent said.
Indeed, the Hathaway homicide has been published by all major British broadcast stations and newspapers.
The LPM leader took a swipe at Prime Minister Allen Chastanet regarding the crime situation.
“He should focus more instead of bragging about false economic growth and unreliable and inaccurate unemployment data. Mr. Chastanet should be focused on instilling greater confidence in our police force, by offering them the tools needed to combats crime. We need a way out of this crime wave paralysis and to reclaim our nation from criminals and those without the moral and political will to help protect the citizens of our nation,” he added.
Hathaway’s homicide is the first for 2019.