Criminals Set New Murder Record in St. Kitts & Nevis


According to reports reaching, the latest killing is believed to have taken place at approximately 8:00pm on Thursday night.

Though no details have been provided by police, sources have indicated that the incident took place in Hard Times, Rawlins, Gingerland, Nevis.

The victim this time is a young male, said to be approximately 20 years.

Though he has been living in Nevis for quite some time said the source, he is originally from the island of St. Kitts.

Up to 9:30pm on Thursday, police were said to be still on the scene trying to piece as much evidence as possible, hoping for an early lead in this latest homicide.

The homicide brings to 29, the number of persons who have been killed so far in St. Kitts & Nevis, for 2011, creating a new homicide record for the federation that has a population of just over 48,000 people.

During the past month, there was some hope by residents that the two islands would soon be able to curb what has been an escalating crime wave that has caused much concern to residents. The appointment of a new Police Commissioner and the sacking of Minister of National Security Minister Sam Condor to establish a new entity headed by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas were thought to be designed to arrest the crime situation. This, added to the tough talk by Commissioner CG Walwyn that “no longer it would be business as usual”, gave some confidence that finally the nightmare would soon be over. Apparently the criminals did not get the message.

There has been some ambivalence however, as illustrated in the latest online poll on local news website, where those responding, indicated by a small margin that the recent appointment of a new commissioner would not make a significant difference in reducing the homicide rate in St. Kitts and Nevis.

The poll results so far state that the country has mixed feelings on the question, with 55.3% saying Walwyn would not make a significant difference to the increasing murder rate and 44.7% having a more optimistic outlook, saying that his appointment would make a difference.

Unfortunately, Walwyn has now got to live with the fact that St. Kitts and Nevis established its highest murder rate under his watch. It would be unfair however, to Blame Walwyn who has only had two homicides, (the last ones) during his tenure.

Thursday 6th October, 2011 must therefore be a sad day for nationals who truly dream of the day when this small Caribbean nation would be able to pride itself of one of the lowest homicide rates in the world, instead of facing the reality that, per capita, it has one of the highest.

Despite this sad state however, the communities of St. Kitts and Nevis remain relatively a safe place for both residents and visitors, who for most parts have not been the targets of criminals.

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