Thirty-three (33) homicides were recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for the year 2020, the last taking place on Old Year’s Day (December 31).
This was disclosed by the Public Relations and Complaints Department of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) on Tuesday January 5, 2021.
The year 2020 also saw a prison escape. Murder accused Veron Primus escaped from Her Majesty’s Prison (MHP) for the second time.
Crime however, continues to decline on the trend line in SVG. This is according to Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John who shared this recently, noting “it has been going in that trajectory for a number of years now.”
Commissioner John, during his Christmas address to the nation informed that for the period December 2020, there is a 16.3 percent decrease in crimes when compared to the corresponding period in 2019.
“The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) will continue to spare no effort in preventing and detecting crimes; while ensuring that the criminals are prosecuted,” Commissioner John said.
Further, police are investigating the most recent homicide in the country to have taken place on Thursday December 31, 2020, where Osborne Yearwood, 43-year-old Labourer of Calder was shot and killed. Yearwood’s unresponsive body was discovered at Bonhomme at about 5:10pm on the date in question.