Loading…
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsWorld
Published: Tuesday, 1/21/2014

5 arrests in St. Lucia murder of British yachtsman

BY SARAH PETER
REUTERS

CASTRIES, St. Lucia -- Authorities on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia said they have arrested five people in the murder of a British tourist who was traveling around the world with his wife.

The victim, Roger Pratt, 62, was on a trip with his wife, Margaret, ahead of her 60th birthday when their boat, Magnetic Attraction, was boarded by unidentified attackers on Friday, police said. Margaret Pratt was also treated for injuries.

Three people were arrested over the weekend, and police announced two more arrests today. A post mortem examination indicated that Pratt drowned after suffering a traumatic blow, according to police.

Margaret Pratt found her husband floating in the water. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. The BBC reported that the couple lived in Moreton Paddox, near Stratford-On-Avon in Warwickshire.

The murder has raised concerns on the small, eastern Caribbean island, where tourism accounts for about two-thirds of the economy.

“I wish to assure you that as a destination St. Lucia remains relatively safe for nationals and visitors alike,” said Lorne Theophilus, the tourism minister. “We are fully committed to seeing this investigation through to a final conclusion."



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories