St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Premier of Nevis Mr. Vance Amory is describing the Easter Monday killing of Morella Webbe as a tragic loss and a criminality that has to be stopped. Ms Webbe died after a hail of bullets struck the vehicle she was in at around 3:45 am Monday morning in Cotton Ground Nevis. Another occupant of the vehicle Sonia Grant was also injured in the shooting.
Mr Amory issued a statement on April 18.
“This tragic loss of life and this act of criminality and wanton waste of our human resource has to be stopped. The last time I spoke to you, I warned about reprisals at the shooting death of one Randell Chapman. Is this a case of that reprisal? I do not know. The Police will have to determine that. However, what I do know, is that the image of the country of Nevis and St. Kitts and Nevis is being tarnished with every incident of this type. I know I have appealed to all the people in this country – parents, leaders in the community and anyone who knows anyone who is committing or is about to commit a crime or anyone who is in possession of guns or knives which could lead to criminal activity - I make this appeal again and I do so because we are now faced with another traumatic experience and there is no excuse, as far as I am concerned, for us to continue down this path.”
Mr. Amory said he would meet with the Police High Command to discuss how to clamp down on the violence that has resulted in seven homicides for this year.
“I intend to meet with the High Command here in Nevis, again, to look at ways in which we can intensify the fight against criminal activity here in Nevis. We want our country to remain a place where people can feel comfortable to come. We want our country to be a place where we can feel at peace and we can feel safe and secure in our homes or on the streets. I'm not here trying to make any excuse because the matter of criminality and crime and violence, is the business of everyone. It is not a party political issue and whatever may have been said in the past in respect of any responsible party or responsible persons to spearhead the fight against crime, this now, has reached the point where every single one of us has to assume that responsibility. It is now left for me, to express my condolence to the family of the young lady whose life was snatched away from her. This may be just pure expression of sympathy. It will not bring back that life. It will not remove the scar of the trauma nor will it remove the fear which people feel.”
The Premier warned against reprisals
“I appeal to all those who intend or have an intention of engaging in any reprisal, not to even consider it. We will give the police the direction to take certain very serious steps to deal with this matter. I will not divulge what those steps are but I promise you, that those decisions will be very, very stringent and we will not allow the police to rest and we will not allow anyone, who is suspected of committing crimes, to rest. We cannot take any more of this and my fellow citizens, let us see this act of criminality for what it is. It is destroying the good name of our country and we cannot allow that to happen. I spoke to you last time and said that when actions like these happen, people might want to reconsider their investments. They may want to reconsider visiting but I do know Nevis is by and large a place of peace. A place where we can feel secure but we need to know, that there will not be any re-occurrence of this dastardly type of action.”