Since the killing of 15-year-old Unique Browne last weekend, three others have been murdered
on the island of St. Kitts (Update 4/11/11: in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis; one of the recent homicides occurred on the island of Nevis). The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer reports on the four incidents, saying that one of the victims was Laustin “Jamie” Williams, son of the police commissioner, who was shot to death on Wednesday just east of Caribbean Cinemas. Then on Friday, another man was almost killed in a drive-by shooting in Conaree (also reported by SKNVibes).
This brings the federation’s 2011 homicide count to seven. SKNVibes reports that one Conaree man has been arrested on “gun, ammo, [and] drug charges.” However, it’s not clear that this man, Leon “Dance” Isaac, is being charged in relation to the recent homicides. And he was only in possession of nine rounds of ammunition.
According to the Police Press and Public Relations Officer, Inspector Vaughan Henderson, between 5 and 8 a.m. on Wednesday (Apr. 6), members of the Criminal Investigation Department and the Special services Unit had conducted a number of operations in the Conaree Village area in search of illegal firearms, ammunition, controlled drugs and stolen property.
This find brings to five the total amount of illegal firearms removed from the streets of the Federation for the year. In 2010 police had removed 45 of them off the streets – 11 in Nevis and 34 in St. Kitts.
However, when asked by SKNVibes if the information was authentic, Henderson admitted to the individuals being apprehended but declared that they were not only questioned on the issue of Browne’s death, but also of those recently killed.
Do you feel that we’re being given all the necessary information in these stories? According to SKNVibes, the police commissioner’s wife was also robbed at the end of March. But commissioner Austin Williams was about to retire from his post. There had been some question as to whether the new police commissioner would or would not be a citizen of the federation.