Sunday, January 19, 2014

St. Lucia--Update: Three Arrests Made in Death of British Yachter, Injuries to His Hospitalized Wife

According to Reuters, authorities in St. Lucia said they arrested three suspects on Sunday (January 19) in connection with the murder of a British yachter Roger Pratt, 62, and injuries to his wife, Margaret, 60, both of whom were traveling around the world together. 

The British couple were aboard their vessel, Magnetic Attraction, when three young assailants converged upon them under cover of darkness, killing Mr. Pratt when he attempted to defend his wife from being attacked.

COMMENT: As is well known, St. Lucia derives two-thirds of its economy from international tourism.

The Pratts, who began their trip in June 2013, were on their yacht, the "Magnetic Attraction," when the assailants attacked them, robbed them and then fled, according to a police report.

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

Police officials are disputing reports that Roger Pratt was shot and killed when the assailants boarded the couple's vessel, although an autopsy scheduled for January 20 should easily clear up any disputes, providing that the cause of death of Mr. Pratt is accurately reported as his body is found.

Given disputing statements by St. Lucian police, this report will be updated as new information becomes available.

If no witness can be found who heard a gunshot(s) at the time the assailants boarded the "Magnetic Attraction" and no forensic evidence can be found during the autopsy of Roger Pratt that suggests that Roger died from a gunshot wound, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) should order a second autopsy to be performed promptly by British pathologists.