Woman, 73, raped, murdered

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – This country on Saturday registered its third homicide this year.

Police here are investigating the rape and murder of Veronica Johnson, 73, of Great House, Lowmans Leeward.

Well-placed sources tell I-Witness News that the woman was raped and killed at her home in the West Kingstown community.

She was stabbed about 18 times about her body, sources say.

It is the second consecutive Saturday that 18 stabs have been inflicted on a female here.

Last Saturday, Kenisha Belgraves, 31, of Brighton survived an attacked in which she was also reportedly stabbed 18 times.

Claudine Simmons, 32, of Green Hill was also injured in that incident, which led to attempted murder charges being brought against Derrick Shawn John, 38, of Brighton.

John was on Thursday remanded in police custody pending a bail review on Feb 23.

This country registered its first murder of the year on Jan. 1 when Junior Lowman, 23, of Georgetown died just over a week after he was allegedly thrown into a copper cauldron of boiling water with his hands tied.

Three men have been charged with murder in relation to his Lowman’s death.

On Jan. 4, Alvisha Browne, a 19-year-old mother of three, died on the spot in Ottley Hall after receiving a bullet to the head. To date, no one has been charged in relation with that murder.

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32 thoughts on “Woman, 73, raped, murdered

  1. The violence against women continue in my once blessed home land. My sympathy to the family and I hope that murderer is caught. God bless SVG.

    Posted by smooth | February 11, 2012, 20:52
  2. Yep…..women are safe in my blessed land. This is downright nuts!!!!!!! Own the government, own the jobs, own the crime. When ralph was in opposition, he said that the ndp was responsible for the crime because they are in office. Who’s responsible now???? whatever happen to being tough on crime and the causes of crime????

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | February 11, 2012, 21:00
  3. Sick people with sick leaders

    Posted by Peter | February 11, 2012, 22:31
  4. I will like to get news update I love the site an the updates

    Posted by monique john | February 11, 2012, 23:45
  5. Everyone is looking at government and blaming them for the crime in the country. What happen to the parents for the murders is any blame going on them for not bringing up their children in a proper and mannerly order that they will respect the life of others. The early stage in a child life is the most important time when a parent instill in the child right and wrong. What the hell can Eustace do for crime in svg when he can’t even control his cricket team has captain.

    Posted by kyshit | February 12, 2012, 02:18
    • Where were you when the present captain of the ULP was blaming everything on the NDP when they were in office????? I was told by Ralph himself that whatever government was in office, we are to blame them for the crimes that are happening… That’s why people voted for him. The crimes and the corruption were the fault of the NDP. He was going to solve this problem and the causes of them……. Don’t ask what Eustace is going to do, ask what the hell is Ralph doing now. You memory can’t be that short can it?

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | February 12, 2012, 09:03
  6. oh my God oh my God oh my God,what is taking place in this place over by you there in svg and here in trinidad,is not all you alone they chop up a 17 year old girl so brutally over here,listen i scared out of my mind not for myself,cause i serve the true and living God,but for my children and friends and family who live life as though there is no God,may God help us in these dangerous times

    Posted by nicole quashie | February 12, 2012, 09:51
  7. My sympathy to the family and friends of Ms Johnson. May she R.I.P.

    Posted by no-nonsense | February 12, 2012, 11:15
  8. Why is it that everthing that happens in this country has to take a political spin? Crimes are all over and some more henious than what happens here. Why do some of us have to be so political in every little thing and blame the government. NO GOVERNMENT is to be balmes for the sick, wicket people who are insistant on killing and raping people. I am so sick and tired and fed up when every little thing in this county is dealt with in a political way. Come on people we can be a bit more sensable than this

    Posted by Marshs D | February 12, 2012, 11:33
    • I will repeat, when this present government came into office, they told us that the crime that is taking place is because of the then NDP government….. I’m just following what my leader said, after all he is the brightest man on the planet….. question MARSHS D, were u sick and tired when ralph was ringing it in our ears back then??

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | February 12, 2012, 15:31
    • Marshs, the politicians are to bear some of the blame. Let me tell you why. 1. When they are in the position as challengers, they blame it on the incumbents . 2.They promise that everything will be ok whenever they get into office.3. Dr. Gonsalves boasted that he will be tough on crime and the causes of crime (nicely borrowed words), what has been or is being done.
      That’s why I prefer to listen to their silence, than when they open their mouths and spew out arrogance, as if they are in control of this country.
      The PM does not truly understand leadership in these times. leadership calls for far greater capabilities than ‘spin on words’ and charm which by nature is devious. The Pm needs to stop being so arrogant and admit that he can’t make it as the leader of the country. But hunger for power and authority simply won’t allow him to do so. But one day, one day, conquer day…

      Posted by justice | February 13, 2012, 11:10
  9. The country need a revival, it needs Jesus instead of pointing fingers you all ought to start praying,prayers moves mountians and theres nothing impossible for God to do.

    Posted by CocoaDaisy | February 12, 2012, 11:42
  10. There’s a lot of mentally sick vincentian men among us!

    Posted by Jason | February 12, 2012, 12:11
  11. SO I see some of you so stupid to believe if eustace was in power the crime rate would be lower…I hope GOD take the hate out of ya’ll hearts and put sense in your brain.

    Posted by Jason | February 12, 2012, 12:13
    • So JASON are we hopeless? I believe that t if we have a leader with the moral fibre to promote a kinder and gentler society and implement the spirit of the “Social Redemption Charter, then the country will be pointed in the right direction. Over time, the crime rate will go down by God’s help. Right now there is no moral leadership in PM Gonsolves. Look at what this man has dragged this country through. Sin is celebrated as good politics. Disrespect and falsehood are branded as Charisma. Lies and deception are now norms. People are no longer moved by things like rape and voilence against women. We are encourage to sweep these things under the carpet because it gives the country a bad name. Many religious leaders have been deceive and have sold out morality for 30 pieces of silver. And now instead of promoting what God says and condeming what is morally debase and evil in the society, they are worshiping Ralph. Further, the leadership of the country lacks the moral authority to comdem and speak out against these things because everytime he holds out an accuising finger, his big thum is pointing back in his face. So you ask the question: If Eustace was in power the crime rate would go down? THE ANSWER TO THAT IS: IF WE HAVE A LEADER WITH THE MORAL INTEGRITY TO PROMOTE A VALUE SYSTEM WHICH IS GODLY, THEN THE CHANCE OF CRIME GOING DOWN IS MORE LIKELY. So if you weight all the evidence of personal character between PM Ralph and Mr. Eustace, I would pick Mr. Eustace any day. If this is hate, then the devil must be good.

      Posted by olbap | February 13, 2012, 18:02
  12. The spirit of violence and murder has been given permission to come into our island and to take our people. Tears are to my ears. A weight is in my heart. We all are talking, being sorry for the families lost. But are we really praying When will we decide to band our bellies and get on our knees and bessech Gods throne for forgiveness of our nations sins and to save our peoples lives. Many years ago I saw this in a dream and God revealed this prophecy to me. There are 3 waves assigned to the destruction of our country, if the people donot repent- including the government and opposition. If not we will lose our people and our island. The blessing to our island will be taken away and we will become shame instead. People listen people- pray with me.

    Posted by Rachel | February 12, 2012, 13:15
  13. This, like every other negative development that is taking root in our Caribbean societies, is very, very sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the grieving hearts. God bless St Vincent.

    Posted by HONESTY | February 12, 2012, 13:44
  14. Goverment is really not responsible for the criminal minded behavior of those who are demonic possess. But here are some question, what can the government do fight back? will the situation gets worse if Government fight back against crimes or get better? Next how can Government fight back on crimes? Police cannot be every place at the same time. There will difinitely be crimes that police cannot stop. However,how about those crimes police can help prevent? So what will they have to do to be able to help prevent some crimes? Do they need to set up discrete cameras in certain areas? Do police need to patrol more? How about the illegal guns and weapons in criminal hands? When last police make a grand seizure of guns and knives from crimimal who walk the street? How about reenforcing the search and seizure policies? Police need the power of the court to search crime suspects person and property(including their dwelling place for illegal weapons).This is where Government has to play its role,regardless to which Govt in power.ONCE THE PEOPLE HAVE WEAPONS IN THERE HAND THE MUDERS WILL NOT STOP. SVG REACH A STAGE WHERE THREE THING NEED TO BE APPLIED TO STOP OR REDUCE CRIMES.
    1.a”search and seisure policy need to be in effect immediately”.
    2.SETTING up Cameras
    3.More police substation and patrol.
    This is the only help for SVG as of now with these serial criminals and killers.
    And who fools want to talk about injustice with this approach THEY CAN kiss their own Anuses.
    Enough is enough,Gonsalves need to do something right now starting today Feb 12/12.

    Neut and Indep

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 12, 2012, 15:31
  15. O’k within a year and a half three elderly women died …each time they were raped…… it seems to me theirs a serial rapist targeting elderly women….just recently an elderly lady in north leeward was raped and killed …a second victim was also raped and killed….the third in lowman’s leeward…..villagers must open their eyes…pay attention to the people who moves in an out………..I can’t recalled where the second victim was killed though.

    Posted by muah | February 12, 2012, 16:04
  16. My condolences to the family who would have lost because of this evil which is now taking over our land.

    I find KYSHIT response to this escalating murder situation to be very interesting. Everything in SVG is now about politics. As a society we are moving further and further apart from the ability to collectively deal with our problems. We veiw every thing through the lens of ULP vs NDP or Ralph vs Eustace. All to the detriment of our national development. It is a custom to blame the government when things are not going right in a country. For example, when ULP was in opposition, it blamed the then NDP for crimes in the country. Fair enough. However, now that the ULP is in government and the country is facing the worst escalation in crime in its history to date,… and people as usual, blame the government, ULPites strongly object and cry fowl.

    So KYSHIT concludes that the problem is not the government’s. He/She suggested that the problem has to do with the failure of parents to teach their children proper values and respect for others. This is true. Then KYSHIT concluded that Mr. Eustace can do nothing about crime because he cannot control his team. This is where I have a problem. This is why I argue that blind political allegence alway warp our thinking. It makes what we say senseless and confusing to those who are honestly trying to understand and analyse what we are saying.

    So let us see: Firstly, if parents are going to adequately teach children love and respect for others, then the society as a whole must uphold, advance and practice those values. This begins at the head. The leadership of the country must lead by example. So, over the past ten or so years can we say that we have had a government leadership, which has pointed our society in this direction? My answer to that is NO, and that is all I will say on that one.

    Who it was that brought the social and redemption Charter to this country? I believe that it was Mr. Eustace and the NDP. This proposal was one which is suggesting the very solution to the crime situation that KYSHIT is suggesting. Building and advancing an environment of love and respect by engerding and promoting the moral base for a kinder and gentler society. But, KYSHIT turns around and tells us that Mr. Eustace can do nothing about crime. Confusing, isn’t it?
    Further, KYSHIT is suggesting on one hand that all of us have our part to play in dealing with the crime situation. But, on the other hand he is saying that it is up to one man to deal with the problem. Albeit, it was not Eustace since he has nothing to offer. A bag of confusion again. So the question is this: if it is Ralph Gonsolves and not Mr. Eustace who has the answer to solve our escalating crime problem, why has the crime rate escalated since 2001? I will anticipate a reply.

    Posted by OLBAP | February 12, 2012, 20:17
  17. Olbap don’t worry too much with what people have to say. Teaching children love and behavior will be a product in ten years, but now, the Govt needs to do something. I have already recommended the three inevitables for Gonsalves.
    1.public cameras
    2.More police patrol and substations
    3.Search and seisure
    I will find a way to get the message to Gonsalves.
    By email, by phone or by radio.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 13, 2012, 00:32
  18. @ Vincy in bad shape, I am too young to know what Dr. Gonsalves said back then. However if he blamed the then covernment for crimes that too was political and stupid as i maintian NO GOVERNMENT is responsible for crime. I love my country but i am just fed up that EVERYTHING must take a political spin is all am saying.

    Posted by Marsha D | February 13, 2012, 07:27
  19. @ Pro-Da silva, you made some excellent suggestions. You should send them to the relavant authorities. I think that is how we should go. we should focus on letting these would-be-criminals know that we are fed up and dont want to take it anymore. The courts needs to be really tougher on these criminals. If it takes changing parrts of the oonstitutiion to deal with criminals then i think the government should work feverishly on that to keep our blessed country safer

    Posted by Marsha D | February 13, 2012, 07:33
  20. Everything is about politics….Someone is brutally murdered and it turns into a political tirade….The answere to our problem with crime in this country do not lies in politics…The answere lies in the Almighty God….Sometimes God gives us a Tyrant of a leader for us to change our ways not to tear each other apart..Lets try praying instead of complaining….You’ll be surprise to see the changes…My deepest condolences to the family of the deceased,may you find comfort in this time of grief…..

    2 Chronicles 7:14
    New International Version (NIV)
    14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    Posted by lisa | February 13, 2012, 08:50
    • Amen LISA! We need leadership, both political and religious, to point the country in this direction. Let us pray for that.

      Posted by luamiaj | February 13, 2012, 09:56
  21. The Bible says when the wicked rule the people will feel the pain. The government is allowing too much injustice in this country.
    Prime Minister accused of rape (true or not), it was swept under the carpet, when there are mechanisms in place whereby this could have been dealt with.
    Government officials at the the helm accused of heinous crimes, but these are swept under the carpet too.
    Bureaucrats accused of criminal practices, these too swept under the carpet.
    Citizens, with the help of politicians, are at variance with one another is encouraged.
    The PM and government politicians acting like gods, what else do we expect?
    Church leaders preferring to act like politicians than to honour the noblest role ever as servants of God, we truly need help.
    Do we understand that when such injustice( a spirit) is allowed to go unchecked, it gives more power and free course to that spirit? Rape and murder, like other crimes, are driven by spirits which if unchecked will permeate and control the atmosphere over our country.
    2Chronicles 7:14 and Proverbs 14:34 will help if we take heed. We need to say no to evil and corrupt leaders.

    Posted by justice | February 13, 2012, 11:30
  22. Lisa you are right God is the answer to any problem on this earth, but how many people are going to accept the answer. Lisa You knows your bible so should know that many people do not listen to God. Remember Noah and the ark how may people listen to god? Remember when moses went up into the mountain,how many of the people start making idol gods? There are many people who will never see a church door and will never change their ways even if you pray for them 24/7. Satan has power over the people and his power is working because the people doesn’t want to listen to God. So what next Lisa, when people does not listen to God they will be destroyed isn’t that so? Therefore destruction comes in many forms. So if the Govt has to do what they have to do to wipe out wickedness, then it’s a form of destruction by not listening to God. Govt should have these criminals working up the agriculture lands,doing the hard work on the airport, road work, bridges, cleaning up Kingstown and any other towns or places need under the supervision of every arm guarded SSU. Lisa reply to me and tell me if what I said make sense.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 13, 2012, 13:18
    • The end result of not listening to and obeying the word of God is definately destruction….Eve in the garden of Eden along with Adam disobeyed God and brought sin into a perfect world…The people of isreal were led into exile because of their disobedience….Kingdoms were distroyed and people scattered because of diobedience to God..
      Hosea 4:6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children”….If we continue to reject God we will be destroyed no if ands or buts about it….Some people don’t want to hear anything about God,they refuse to subject themselves to his authority but the longer we refuse to obey the worse things will get for us………Read the book of chronicles and you’ll see whenever the people refused to obey God he set up Leaders who were wicked to lead them………I have seen where a lot of our people gravitating towards the things that are negative,the music,the television shows (i hardly watch our local television station anymore because there are hardly any shows to inspire people to live right and do right)…..Bars and rum shops are getting the right away to set up businesses while the churches are having a harder time to even aquire a piece of land…The dancehalls and the night clubs are growing while the church congregations are getting smaller..Parents are no longer intrested in sending their children out to sunday school..however the amount of children you’ll see participating in carnival and other secular shows is a shame……the human rights activist are more intrested in protecting criminals rather than victims…… The list goes on…..So how can we expect better when we don’t deserve it?????…If we want to see a change we have to cry out to the only one who can make a change for the better and change our ways….only then will God hear us….

      Isaiah 59:1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
      nor his ear too dull to hear.
      2 But your iniquities have separated
      you from your God;
      your sins have hidden his face from you,
      so that he will not hear.

      Posted by lisa | February 15, 2012, 15:45
  23. Marsha D thank you so much for for demonstrating your understanding of the situation. Marsha D The situation needs a general reshuffling. The Govt has to be the #1 active participant. Govt need to implement
    1.The 3 inevitables I mentioned
    2.Increase penalty for crimimals. Murder(rot in Jail.) Rape(25yrs exception husband/wife or commomlaw cases-may be less sentense). Attempted Murder 25yrs)
    3.Criminals need hardlabor,Govt don’t need to pay road worker and Towncleaners anymore when you have murders eating and not working for it.
    Gonsalves will get my proposal very soon.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 13, 2012, 13:37
  24. Once again Lisa you are so right every thing you said are the causes of the new generation of barbarians people. You see Lisa God creates sinless boys and girls from their mother’s womb,eventually as they grow they change and then comes the sins of the world falls on them makes it seems as if new kind people evolve. Now Lisa some may be good and some may be bad. The bad ones need to be punished,they will not listen to God, so what ever measure need to be taken to punish them must be done immediately and that’s is when Govt comes in. In any case God would have cause disasters to become them. I hope I get to meet folks like you, Marsha D, Muah, Olbap,Peter,Justice and others possible over the summer.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 16, 2012, 02:38
  25. Prof the only way we will all meet, will be if we become political prisoners, encaserated at Gonsalves Gulag at Belisle.

    Thanks God that the referendum failed, had it passed the gulag would be overflowing by now.

    We must keep in mind for the future the architects of that piece of crap referendum, and banish them to the wilderness in the future. They tried to sell the Vincentians down the river to please their Marxist master.


    Posted by Peter | February 16, 2012, 21:26
  26. I heard you loud and clear Peter. I really can laught some more.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 17, 2012, 09:44

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