Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the untimely death earlier in the month of Canadian Linnea Veinotte, a Faculty member of St. George’s University.
Jean Anglais resident, Akim Frank has been charged with the death of the 36 year-old Veinotte who was reported missing on December 6 by her husband.
Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Keith Mitchell told the most recent sitting of the Lower House of Parliament that although Frank is facing a charge of non-capital murder in connection with the death, the police have indicated to him that they are not taking the alleged confession of the suspect as final.
“They (the police) are pursuing the investigation to ensure that no other person may be involved (in the death of Veinotte),” he said.
Dr. Mitchell told Parliament that the police’s perception, “there might be a little more in the mortar besides the pestle” and the lawmen will not leave any stone unturned in the pursuit of justice for Veinotte’s family.
The Prime Minister used the opportunity to reassure the nation and the rest of the world that Grenada is still a safe place.
He said despite the incident that took place with the Canadian woman, the island is still known to be “one of the most peaceful and safest countries in the hemisphere.”
“We have nobody walking into a school and just shooting down little people, we have nobody organising to go and shoot down a concert of people and killing hundreds of people. We have nobody plotting the destruction of the society… We have a very low violence rate in this country in comparison to other islands in the Caribbean and outside,” he added.
This is a clear reference to those recent acts of terrorism in France and the frequent shootings taking place in some major cities in the United States.
Veinotte who resided at Coral Crescent, Lance Aux Epines in the south of the island went missing on Sunday, December 6 while out walking the family dog, Nico.
Police mounted an island-wide search for the Canadian woman and five days later, Veinotte’s partially decomposed body was found at Golf Course, St. George’s.
A release issued by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) indicated that Frank led the lawmen to a wooded area in Golf Course where he allegedly disposed the body.
The murder-suspect has since been remanded to custody at Her Majesty’s prisons by Chief Magistrate, Tamara Gill, and is due back in court on December 30.