Vincent Philomen, an employee of the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) has been arrested for removing a human skull from Choc Cemetery.
The removal, which occurred on March 16, 2017, was from a tomb which was being excavated to make room for more burials. He was charged for removing human remains without a permit and has been charged under the burial and exhumation laws of Saint Lucia. If convicted he faces a fine of $10,000 or imprisonment.
It is also reported that the employee took the skull to his home in order to scare people away. Some speculation is that it may also be used for obeah or black magic purposes.
He was scheduled to appear in court earlier today.
This comes in the wake of a pronouncement by Castries Mayor, His Lordship Peterson Francis, that “Choc Cemetery has only about two more years of viability as it has run out of space.”
Choc cemetery is the largest cemetery in Saint Lucia and has been in use for over 100 years.