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St Vincent police probe third murder within a week, 14th for 2016

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 5:00 PM

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):
Police were Wednesday seeking to identify the island’s 14th murder victim so far this year even as Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has blamed the recent spate of killings on illegal drug deals gone awry.

Lawmen said that the body of the man was found on the public road in the Upper New Montrose area, the third homicide within a one week period.

On Saturday, Wilmore “Tally Green” Goodgie was shot and killed by unknown assailants in Paul Avenue, Kingstown and last Wednesday two masked gunmen shot and killed Sheldon Pollin at a shop.

Prime Minister Gonsalves, speaking on a radio programme on Tuesday, said that the latest spate of killings are a result of a drug deal gone awry and people are “settling old scores”.

Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security, said he has met with senior national security officials to discuss the crime situation in the country and along with Commissioner of Police Michael Charles and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Godfred Pompey have taken “certain decisions … to consolidate something which we are doing and to do some other things.

“But I’m not going to announce them. I am not going to telegraph certain things. You will see over the next few days certain things made manifest.

“But I want everybody to know I take the issue of citizen security very seriously. And not only in relation to working with the Commissioner here but working with our friends regionally and internationally, because we are living in a dangerous neighbourhood.

“You may have a drug deal gone awry, somebody may steal somebody else drugs, so you have persons who are engaged in certain kinds of activities who get involved and some killing which appear opportunities,” he said.

But he told radio listeners that the country remains “a very safe and secure place, but, of course, we have people who are seeking to disturb that tranquillity and that calm and that peace”,

He said that some of the killings are related to a drug deals gone bad and in some cases, persons are “settling old scores” relating to drugs.

“And some of them evolve among young men into vanity issues. ‘I control this block. You did this to me, or you did one of me soldiers this’,” Gonsalves said.