March 8 2014 Latest news:
By MARK BOGGIS
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Two more men have been arrested in connection with the killing of a Norfolk man who was holidaying with his wife in St Lucia.
Roger Pratt, 62, a retired engineer, died and his wife Margaret was injured after three armed men climbed aboard their yacht moored off the south coast of St Lucia on Friday.
Five people are now being held in custody over the incident and St Lucia’s police force said they will be charged soon.
A post-mortem found Mr Pratt died as a result of being beaten, police said.
His wife, who retired as a management consultant to go on the long-planned around-the-world holiday, was badly beaten but her injuries were not life threatening and she is recovering well, having returned to the couple’s yacht.
They met on the Norfolk Broads and were planning to return to live in the county after the dream voyage was over.
The new developments came as Mr Pratt’s widow Margaret, 60, spoke for the first time since they were attacked by armed robbers. She said in an interview with Saint Lucian media that she never felt unsafe in the country until the events of “those final tragic minutes”.
The couple, who left Lowestoft last July, were more than six months into a dream round-the-world sailing trip, when tragedy struck last Friday night.
Mrs Pratt, in an interview with the Government Information Service, denied that the couple were prevented from leaving the island, as some reports had suggested. She also spoke of the couple’s future travel plans, and how St Lucian people had shown great kindness to her as the investigation continued.
She said: “We have enjoyed our time in St Lucia. We have not felt unsafe in St Lucia until the events of those final tragic minutes.”