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The Director of Public Prosecutions is responding to public criticism about a 9 year delay of the trial for the murder of 12 year old Verlinda Joseph.

Eugene St Romaine who is the victim’s father has been accused of the crime and was remanded at the Bordelais Correctional Facility until Wednesday when bail to the tune of 60 thousand dollars was posted.

Director of Public Prosecutions Victoria Charles Clarke who spoke to RCI news earlier today noted that it would be unfair to blame the Prosecution primarily for the for what has been ruled as an inordinate delay in the case being tried.

Mrs Clarke has also responded to claims suggesting that this is the first time that someone charged with capital murder has been released on bail here. She explained that since the criminal laws of St Lucia had changed in 2005 to make such allowances.

While she would not comment on specifics relating to the case, Mrs Clarke noted that the decision of the judge to dismiss the defence’s motion to stay the trial, suggests that there is enough evidence to move forward with the case.

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