Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Written by Jermine Abel
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Police have indicated that they suspect two recent murders in the federation were connected to “hit for hire”.
“Hit for hire” or contract killing is where one person hires another for the sole purpose of committing murder and the hitman is then remunerated.
WINN FM posed the question to Acting Commissioner of Police in St. Kitts and Nevis, Hilroy Brandy at a one-day forum that wrapped up in the federation on Monday (February 25).
“We have seen persons coming out of St Maarten, coming from Anguilla to do jobs for members of the gangs here in St Kitts and vice versa members of the gangs from St Kitts flew to St Maarten and Anguilla and do hits for hire. In fact, a few of the gang members are incarcerated in St Maarten” Brandy said.
The problem of contracted hits is not limited to St. Kitts and Nevis.
Commissioner of Police in Anguilla, Paul Morrison also confirmed that it is a problem they have noticed occurring on the island saying, “We do endorse that we do think there are contracted hits, we have at least three murders in Anguilla which we linked to contracted persons being hired to carry out although not all successfully.”
Though Brandy is convinced that it is happening in the federation he did not give a specific case of the alleged ‘hit for hire’.