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Canadian woman, 34, murdered in Caribbean home

A suspect has been arrested in the slaying of a Canadian woman living on Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.

Cops say Nicole Dempster — who was originally from Saint John, NB — was murdered sometime late Sunday.

“At about 11:10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, officers attached to the Gros Islet station responded to a report of a homicide at Beausejour, Gros Islet,” police said in a press release.

“On arrival, the officers noticed the unresponsive body of a female who has now been identified as 34-year-old Nicole Dempster, a Canadian national residing in Saint Lucia,” police said.

“A medical practitioner was called to the scene who confirmed death. A post-mortem examination is to be scheduled for a subsequent date.”

On Monday night, local police in Bexon announced that they had arrested a suspect. Sources told local media that the killer was known to the victim. However, he will not be named until he is formally charged, authorities said.

It is not known how long Dempster had lived on the island or what she did there.

She was one of four people murdered in a violent 48 hours on the island.

“Let me assure members of the public that notwithstanding the incidents of violence that we have had over the few days, we remain committed to ensuring that citizens and foreigners alike are safe during this festive season,” Commissioner Severin Moncherry told reporters Tuesday.

“It is indeed sad as we are in a time when people are supposed to be showing love and sharing love that within 48 hours we would have four homicides. It is something that bothers me. It is of concern to me.”

A number of Canadians have been murdered on the island over the past two decades.

bhunter@postmedia.com

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