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'Gov’t has zero tolerance on crime'– Premier on latest murder

- extends sympathies to family & friends of slain woman
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says his Virgin islands Party (VIP) administration have zero tolerance on crime in the territory following the murder of local woman Lenia Lettsome-Green. Photo: Facebook/GIS
The body of Ms Lettsome-Green was found riddled with bullets on a road at George's Northside in Tortola before she was rushed to the Peebles Hospital where she later succumbed to injuries sometime before 11:00 PM last Sunday evening, May 26, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
The body of Ms Lettsome-Green was found riddled with bullets on a road at George's Northside in Tortola before she was rushed to the Peebles Hospital where she later succumbed to injuries sometime before 11:00 PM last Sunday evening, May 26, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With Vincentian Rohan Williams, 37, charged and remanded for the murder of local woman Lenia Lettsome-Green, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) took a moment to extend deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the slain woman.

The Leader of Government Business today, May 28, 2019, caught up with the media in Road Town, Tortola, when he noted that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government will have a zero tolerance on crime in the territory.

Deepest Sympathy

“I’d like to say my deepest sympathy to the family of the lady that was murdered… it’s not an easy time because losing a loved one by whatever means is not good, but I also want to say that our government has a zero percent tolerance on crime and persons have to learn that they can’t take the law into their own hands,” Hon Fahie said.

The body of Ms Lettsome-Green was found riddled with bullets on a road at George's Northside in Tortola before she was rushed to the Peebles Hospital where she later succumbed to injuries sometime before 11:00 PM last Sunday evening, May 26, 2019.

According to Premier Fahie, “We continue to make sure that we give whatever resources are needed to help fight crime but crime is all of our business just like tourism is, so I’m glad for all those who have come forward to help this matter to reach to where it is, in terms of at least an arrest.”

‘Not an easy time’ – Hon Fahie

“It’s not an easy time", the Premier noted, "My deepest sympathies on behalf of my family and I, on behalf of the government of the Virgin Islands (VI) and even my people that I represent directly in terms of the First District who are all in the territory, we express our deepest sympathies. These are things that you hope never happen,” he said.

Premier Fahie called for more nationwide prayers and urge members of the public to come out and support the National Day of Prayer, “So that we can make sure that we pray for a peaceful BVI, the future of the BVI and to pray for God’s guidance against a lot of forces that the BVI is coming against.”

The Premier had yesterday, May 27, 2019, announced an appeal to citizens of the Virgin Islands (VI) to participate in a 3-day prayer and fast, beginning the same day. Additionally, a National Service of Thanksgiving, Prayer, and Praise will be held at Ellis Thomas Downs, Sea Cows Bay, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 4:00 pm.

15 Responses to “'Gov’t has zero tolerance on crime'– Premier on latest murder”

  • Jah Says (28/05/2019, 19:23) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Taking another person’s life indeed is wrong. But there are a number of ways a person can take another person’s life or other persons lives. Better believe it though Jehovah is watching all. Nothing ever is hidden from Him. He is fully aware of all ulterior motives even though some may try to pass on before men motives that on face appearance or in man’s eyes that are good but from on the inside of such men are pure evil.

    He IS watching! And whatever a man sows that he will reap! The outcome of evil actions are evil fruits, not good
    • @Jah Says (28/05/2019, 19:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      And also, when they plant evil seeds (small in size) what is reaped is a million times larger than the seed, the evil fruits!
    • @Jah Says (30/05/2019, 22:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      During the 2011 Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council, several countries expressed concern at the high rates of domestic violence in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (11 July 2011, 6-7).
      According to statistics compiled by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), there were 168 cases of sexual violence [rape and sexual assault] in 2010 and 426 cases in 2011 (UN 2012a). The rate of sexual violence was 154 cases per 100,000 people in 2010, and 389 cases per 100,000 people in 2011 (ibid.). In comparison, Canada's rate of sexual violence was 79 cases per 100,000 in 2010 and 77 cases per 100,000 in 2011 (ibid.). UNODC statistics indicate that in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, there were 28 rape cases in 2010 and 56 rape cases in 2011, representing a rate of 26 rape cases per 100,000 people in 2010 and 51 rape cases per 100,000 people in 2011 (ibid. 2012b). In comparison, Canada's rate of rape was 1.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2010 and 1.6 cases in 2011 (ibid.).
      Statistics on the number of women killed as a result of domestic violence in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
  • facts (28/05/2019, 19:32) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks Hon Fahie we have faith in you as our leader
  • WHAT!!! (28/05/2019, 21:20) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gov’t has zero tolerance for crime but why are the courts so lenient on illegal gun control
  • Anonymous (29/05/2019, 02:44) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    NDP did zero on crime and funding the POLICE

    Remember a governor had to go and take money out OF THE TRESURY to fund the police?

    • @ Anonymous (29/05/2019, 07:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I must agree with this blog...what a set of people that did not love people
  • Not ALL BUT MOST!!!! (29/05/2019, 05:33) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope that the Hon. read the blogs and see clearly the conduct and the way in which the Vincy populace disrespect those of us who can’t go else where! Observe how comfortable they have become in talking ill of us! imagine what a lot of people is going through who have direct contact with those who came and destroyed families and continue to reside in our territory without recourse! Prayer is needed but new laws needs to be in place to protect us! Please consider not giving status to those who came here and have destroyed families through adultery, theft, and violence of any nature! Those who have been good to us, we will continue to love and embrace! Clean-up the BVI... in thoughts and in deeds.
  • West side (29/05/2019, 07:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank GOD we believe the Hon Premier is genuine
  • @not all but most (29/05/2019, 07:22) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    The premier is seeing everything but will not do nothing. It’s crazy is like the government condoning the Vincentians crimes in the territory. None of the them doing nothing because St Vincent is so important to the BVI. How many more are they going to kill. Anytime it reach there families that’s only time it’s going to change. And in my opinion the police officers don’t need more pay. So many officers are recruiting and not seeing none, the only thing them doing is stopping traffic. Imagine this is the second woman murder that went to the police for restraining order. The young girl that was murder at the club. I can see where this place is heading.
  • Prayers? (29/05/2019, 09:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This country need more than prayers! We need to eradicate the scum that is the worst of the expats that has no good intentions to our community and its people! We need to start deporting expats after served time from petty theft upward! We need more BVI people on the police force looking out for our people! We need to make getting into The BVI from places like St. Vincent, Jamaica etc. extremely harder. Our country like every country has its good and bad why should be so accepting of expat demons? We need more than prayers premier we need to enact a purge! A purge of all expat demons. Sift through the lot of them and rid our community of the scourge!
  • vex (29/05/2019, 09:50) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Let my people go!
  • legal team (29/05/2019, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I write to express my deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased. May the lord bring comfort to you all.

    If the Government decide to do everything within its powers to equipt the police with the necessary crime-fighting-tools to tackle crime in the BVI,every blogger will say 'no' to that.

    If the government spend one million dollars on a DNA detection machine or a finger print data base system for the police, every blogger will object to that expenditure.

    If the government pay to train ten detectives at the FBI academy in usa and the Scotland yard training school in uk,the whole country will say no,because its police.

    The only time we remember crime in the BVI is when a crime occur.

    Clearly,we are afraid of crime..

    The biggest fear in a society is the fear of crime;

    yet society criticize the police [the fighters of crime] for doing their job,according to law.

    Crime do not commit crime.
    People's actions are defined in law and based on the facts applied to the law,the action is called an offence,which is a crime..

    So people are afraid of people..

    This is the shame of society today, ["People are afraid of people"] because,it's people who kill people amounting to a crime..

  • @legal team (29/05/2019, 12:10) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The problem is not that the government shouldn’t send it’s people to advance in being equipped to take on the nation! The problem is the laws need to be reviewed and changed drastically! we need to take away from immigrants their ability for obtaining certain jobs within the country! Every where you go in America All Positions that requires SECURITY is done with their local people! You will never see a Vincy as a customs officer at boarder patrol in St. Thomas... you will never see a Haitian as an immigration officer in the US! And it doesn’t matter how much expats stow away, run away and come to their country.... my point is this... clearly the territory has an influx of a certain nation and they are here displaying bad ways to the point where they feel untouchable (Vincy Association)... if you keep importing these people they can cause great harm to the locals democratic rights... as they will be out numbered within their own country! It’s a game they play and the people need to wake up before it’s too late! Don’t commit treason against your own people! All persons here under 20 years needs to be sent back home. put Visa restrictions on the Vincy population...and stop importing these people.. uphold the laws! Don’t embrace a nation of people who hate the people who have rights to feel, express and do what is best for themselves in their country!

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