Four men found guilty of murdering Brit, 62, when he tried to defend the woman on the couple’s yacht in St. Lucia
Four men found guilty of murdering the British businessman, 62, trying to defend his wife aboard the couple’s yacht in St. Lucia
- Roger Pratt was traveling around the world when he was murdered in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
- Businessman, 62, struck eight times before he fell or was thrown into water
- Widow Margaret had two black eyes and bruises during an attack in January 2014
- Jeromine Jones, Richie Kern and Kervin Devaux have now been found guilty of murder
- Fanis Joseph was found guilty of manslaughter while sending a lifebuoy to Pratt
Four men were found guilty of killing a British businessman trying to defend his wife on their yacht in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia.
Roger Pratt, 62, and his wife Margaret, from Warwickshire, traveled around the world when they were brutally attacked on the evening of January 17, 2014.
Six years after his death, Jeromine Jones, Richie Kern and Kervin Devaux were found guilty of murder and Fanis Joseph guilty of manslaughter.
The jury members deliberated briefly before they returned a guilty verdict after a six-week lawsuit.
Roger Pratt, 62, and his wife Margaret, from Warwickshire, (pictured together) were on a trip around the world when they were attacked in St. Lucia in January 2014. Four men are now found guilty of murdering Mr. Pratt
“After six years and several interruptions, I am just very relieved that we are entitled to Roger after six years,” said widow Margaret Pratt after the conviction.
“I want to thank the jury for considering all the evidence and for their conclusion,” she added.
The process was extensive, with six weeks of witness statements from Margaret Pratt, the pathologist, investigators of the crime scene, the director of the forensic laboratory, counselors and a psychologist.
Joseph got a lesser conviction because of the role he played in sending a lifebuoy to Mr. Pratt when he fell into the sea after being hit by Kern several times.
Six years after his death, Jeromine Jones, Richie Kern and Kervin Devaux were found guilty of murder and Fanis Joseph was found guilty of manslaughter (Jones is depicted with a checkered shirt in 2014 alongside two of the men covering their faces)
Mr. Pratt was hit in the face eight times when he fell unconscious in the water and drowned.
Mrs. Pratt, who had been married to her husband for 37 years, had two black eyes and bruises on her cheekbones during the attack.
The four men were quickly arrested after Mr. Pratt’s murder in 2014, but the case was delayed due to a backlog of criminal cases he had to hear.
It was then delayed again due to renovations at the court that closed it for nine months, reports The Telegraph.
Mrs. Pratt, who had been married to her husband for 37 years, had two black eyes and bruises on her cheekbones during the attack (the pair is in the photo)
‘I am glad that the jury had a decent task and that they could return with a manslaughter verdict. I’d rather have a better result for my client, but the jury has spoken at the moment, “said George Charlemagne, Joseph’s lawyer.
“I was hoping for a different outcome in this case, it’s not really what I expected, but at the end of the day, the jury ruled and came to a verdict,” said David Moyston, Devaux’s lawyer.
Jones was represented by Alberton Richelieu and Sandy John represented Kern. The sentencing of the four men takes place on 6 April 2020.
For all four men, a conviction report must be submitted in advance, but a psychiatric evaluation must be performed for the three murdered persons.
The four men were quickly arrested after Mr. Pratt’s murder in 2014, but were held up for a backlog of criminal cases he had to hear and renovations (Mr. Pratt’s yacht is shown)