On Sunday January 8th. 2017 while conducting a operation in the Marigot area, police shot and killed 39 year-old Yves Rene aka Nazarene. According to a post mortem report released by the police, Yves died as a result of neck and brain injury secondary to a shotgun wound to the head.
That day went on to record four other homicides which included three shot at Jacmel, and a boyfriend stabbed to death at Grande Riviere, Gros Islet. Saint Lucians were horrified by what was a record number of homicides in one day and dubbed it “Bloody Sunday.”
Yesterday, Thursday February 16, 2017, Police Constable Gilroy Gaston of the Beat and Patrol unit was charged with Death by Gross Negligence contrary to Section 92 Chapter 3.01 of the Revised Laws of St. Lucia 2013.
He was bailed in the sum of $15,000 and is to . Further conditions of bail:
- Report to the Micoud police station Wednesdays and Saturdays between 7am and 7pm
- Surrender all travel documents and ID card
- Not authorized to leave the state without the court’s permission
Gilroy Gaston, under the moniker Gillo, won the police Calypso Monarch of 2015 with a song entitled 2030. In that song he sang about plans and procedures which he would implement if he were to become Police Commissioner in the next 15 years. One of those things, he sang, would be Jamaican police investigating local policemen.