Prime Minister appalled at latest shooting – Overseas assistance to play major role in investigation

MyVueNews Staff-writer

The late Sergeant Leon Powell of the St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 18th August, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris has expressed heartfelt condolences to the family and loved one of the late Sergeant Leon Powell, who was shot and killed during an armed robber at his business place in Newton Ground.

According to the Police, armed masked men entered Leon’s bar at around 1 am on Saturday, 18th August.

Police informed, “A struggle ensued, resulting in him being shot several times and dying at the scene.”

A press release from Government Headquarters states, “Prime Minister Harris also extended sincere condolences to the close-knit Newton Ground community, from which Sgt. Dasent Powell hailed, as well as the leadership and rank-and-file members of the Ministry of National Security, and in particular the Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force.”

The release states also, “In his capacity as Minister of National Security, Prime Minister Harris encourages the people of St. Kitts and Nevis to provide any information that they deem useful or relevant in clarifying the circumstances around Sgt. Dasent Powell’s tragic death.”

Writing in a Facebook post, Harris stated, “I am saddened and appalled to hear that Police Officer Sergeant Leon Powell (also known as Shabba) was killed overnight in Newton Ground by armed robbers.”

Harris continued, “I offer my condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time and ask for witnesses to come forward with any information, which may assist with the investigation that is now underway.”

Just over the last week PM Harris along with the COP Queeley , ACP Mitchell and other officials of the Ministry of National Security welcomed two highly qualified veteran cops from Jamaica who will no doubt play a major role in the investigation of this latest shooting incident .

Ms. Marcia Garrick and Mr. Colin Pinnock, the two experienced ex-officers from Jamaica, have recently joined the ranks of the local police.

The two former senior officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force come to the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force at the request of Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for the Crime Directorate, Mr. Andre Mitchell, who identified that there was an urgent need to strengthen the investigative capabilities and other critical areas within the police force.

ACP Mitchell said, while welcoming Ms. Garrick and Mr. Pinnock to St. Kitts and Nevis, “I have said on many occasions that we need persons to assist in investigations, especially as it relates to cold cases, so I am very happy that both of you have answered the invitation to come here.”

Top Photo: Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris (Photo courtesy SKNIS)

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