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Friday, November 23, 2012


CASTRIES, St.Lucia, Friday November 23, 2012 - Prime Minister Kenny D. Anthony has expressed his sorrow and regret at the tragic killing Colin Peter, a Canadian visitor Colin Peter, who was attacked and robbed while on a visit here.

Peter was in St. Lucia gathering information and documentation on his ancestor, William Peter, after whom the William Peter Boulevard, in down town Castries was named.

“The death of descendant of deceased William Peter is an extremely tragic one. I wish to express my sincerest condolences to his family and friends," Anthony said in a statement Thursday.

"This tragic event will not go unpunished.  I have already been in contact with the authorities here to ensure that everything we can do is being done to bring to justice the perpetrator of this crime," Anthony said.

The police reported that Peter, 75, was robbed and beaten while walking on the beach with his wife. They said Peter was hit on the back of the head with a piece of wood. His backpack, camera and wallet were stolen.

"We have a suspect which we are pursuing at this point in time, but the last update I had he was not apprehended as yet, but there is a suspect in mind. If the evidence adds up and he is connected to it, then he will be charged for murder in the first instance," said Commissioner of Police Vernon Francois.

"We are profoundly sorry for this. There is a great deal of sympathy both from the police department and the government of St.Lucia," he said.

Colin Peter’s son, Andrew, said his father was taken to the Victoria hospital in critical condition. Plans were being made to have him airlifted back to Canada, but he died Monday evening.

Andrew Peter said the family views this as a crime of opportunity and harbours no bad feelings about St.Lucia.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the incident, the Canadian Government has called on Canadians visiting St Lucia to exercise a “high degree of caution due to limited medical resources, generally poor road conditions, unreliable public transportation, and moderate crime rates”. (CMC)


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