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St. Lucia Murder: 5 Arrested in Death of British Man Aboard Yacht

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 12:08 PM

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Five suspects have been arrested in the murder of a British man in St. Lucia who was brutally beaten aboard his yacht last week, The Associated Press reported.

An autopsy found that 62-year-old Roger Pratt died from asphyxia, police said Tuesday.

Pratt's killing late Friday surprised many people and raised questions about safety on this island in the eastern Caribbean. His wife, Margaret Pratt, also was beaten and was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises.

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Police said Pratt found her husband's body floating in the water minutes after the attackers fled. She said her husband was not shot, contrary to some media reports.

"There were no knives, no guns, although of course, considerable violence in the attack," Pratt said in a brief interview distributed by the government information service. "We've not felt unsafe in St. Lucia until the events of those final tragic minutes, and have had considerable kindness from very many people."

Police Commissioner Vernon Francois said the Pratts apparently heard noises outside the yacht and were attacked when they went to investigate. He said the attackers demanded money and other items and had used a stolen small boat to get to the yacht.

The Warwickshire couple had been traveling aboard their yacht, the Magnetic Attraction, since June to celebrate her 60th birthday. The attack occurred while the yacht was anchored off the southern town of Vieux Fort.

Pratt said the couple had been in St. Lucia for nearly three weeks and were preparing to leave for Bequia, an island that is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Chester Nathoniel, part-owner of Action Adventure Divers, said in a phone interview Tuesday with the AP that he met the couple on Jan. 14 and took them diving twice.

"They were quite lovely people," he said. "It is really, really sad news. ... We've had some incidents in the past. It's not something that happens regularly, but it shouldn't happen in the first place."

"I remember telling my wife about the two of them," he added. "I told her, 'I wish we could be like that when we grow up.' They were happy together.

The St. Lucia Tourist Board issued a statement Tuesday saying the prime minister and other high-ranking officials had met with the victim's wife.

"As a country, we collectively condemn this random and heinous act of violence," the board said.

St. Lucia, an island of about 163,000 people, has seen an increase in violent crimes that authorities blame on drug trafficking. However, police reported 34 killings last year, the lowest in four years.

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