The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force says it unequivocally condemns the vigilante style beating of Mr. Paul Stephens, a 41-year-old businessman of Barrouallie at the funeral service of his deceased wife, Jetonia Thomas at the Chauncey cemetery on Sunday May 27, 2018.
According reports and a video that has been circulated on social media, Mr. Stephens was viciously attacked and beaten by a group of persons while the remains of his late wife was being laid to rest.
Mr. Stephens has made a report to the police and currently there are four male suspects assisting the police in their investigations.
Commissioner of Police Colin John says that this mob style approach to justice is reprehensible and totally unlawful.
He noted that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a country of laws and if any citizen feels aggrieved by the actions of another citizen, the right course of justice is to report the matter the police.
“As Commissioner of Police, I wish to advise and encourage the citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines not to take the law into their own hands but rather to be law abiding citizens,” Mr. John said.
This barbaric incident comes on the heels of a similar incident on May 18, 2018 in Petit Bordel where a suspect in a sexual assault case was badly beaten.