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The United Workers Party Women in Action (WIA) says it is concerned with the lack of technical expertise and capacity at the Forensic Laboratory, in light of the many murders that remain unsolved to date and has issued a challenge to the St Lucia Labour Party government

The statement comes following the slaying of a young woman who was killed at her Monchy home last week.

WIA says in a news release, that it understands that after the contract of the Senior Forensic Scientists responsible for Crime Scene, Trace Evidence and Forensic Biology was terminated in January 2012, the contract of a visiting American Forensic Consultant was also discontinued.

The statement adds that another senior scientist then proceeded on study and maternity leave, and the Lab has remained largely unmanned and idle except for the Director and two Junior Forensic Scientists who do not possess the necessary Case Work and Crime Scene Management expertise, to provide critical support to the Royal St. Lucia Police Force and the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

WIA has asked the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health, how many more women must die, without hope of resolution to their murder? The group has demanded that the St Lucia Labour Party government give the people of this nation some comfort with regards to crime management

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