PM Reacts To Murder Of Cop And Brother

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — Prime Minister Dr  Ralph Gonsalves on Tuesday described as “painful” and “senseless” last Thursday’s murder of a police officer and his younger brother.

Police Constable Danroy Cozier, 26 of Mespotamia — an interior community in Central St. Vincent — and his 19-year-old brother, Nicholas Cozier, who lived in Richmond Hill, on the northern periphery of Kingstown, were found dead at Sion Hill Bay, east of the capital.

They both had multiple gunshot wounds and information suggests that they were killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped on the beach.

“The thing is so senseless, from the reports which I got,” Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security, said at a press conference in response to a request for comment.

He noted that persons have been charged in connection with the men’s murder, adding that he, therefore, cannot comment about the case.

On Monday, Schemel “Jacket” Dunbar, 29 of Rillan Hill — a man who has already beaten two murder charges, along with former police officer Richard “Karib” Francis, a 32-year-old van driver of Layou, and Kendine “Hoodie”/”Ants” Douglas, who is around 30 years old and from Rillan Hill, were charged with the murders.

The trio was also charged with one count of conspiracy to murder the older Cozier.

“Naturally, as Minister of National Security, I would have been given a report, but that report would be in broad terms, as the police see the matter.

“To see two young men get cut down like this is just so painful,” Gonsalves said during a press conference.

The prime minister said his government has to make sure that all the institutions of the state work, including the police to see that they have their case properly prepared.

Gonsalves said this is a matter that will be overseen by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, which he noted is an independent office under the Constitution.

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