By Steve Thomas

Observer Nevis Editor

(Basseterre, St. Kitts) – A man has been charged in the fifth murder committed in the Federation in 2008, according to the Royal St. Kitts-Nevis Police.

On Monday, April 7, Lionel Warner, alias “Shaggy” of Dieppe Bay was arrested and charged for the murder of Alphonso Richards, 25, alias “Bobo Hortical” of St. Pauls Village.

The murder was committed on Saturday, April 5..

The police investigation revealed that shortly before midnight on April 4, there was an altercation between Mr. Richards and Mr. Warner at the ‘Ghetto’ in St.Pauls, which resulted in Mr. Warner stabbing Mr. Richards in the abdomen.

Mr. Richards was taken to the Pogson Hospital where he died a short time later.

Warner subsequently surrendered himself at the Basseterre Police Station where he was arrested and was charged with murder.

An autopsy performed on the body of Mr. Richards on April 8 by Resident Pathologist Dr. Jesus Debrock and he reported the cause of death to be hypovolemic shock (a state of decreased blood volume) and hemoperitoneum (blood accumulating in the space between the inner lining of the abdominal wall and the internal abdominal organs.) which was caused by a wound to the abdomen.

The first murder in the Federation in 2008 took place Jan. 28 on Nevis, when Mr. Leon Westerman, 28, was shot to death; the second murder was that of Mr. Derrick Gumbs, Jr, 21, on March 11, who was shot death on St. Kitts; the third and fourth murders were of Mr. Leon Willock, 20, and Mr. Orlando Williams, 25, whose bodies were found on March 18 on St. Kitts. Both were shot to death. No one has been charged in these murders.

In other news from the police: An autopsy was performed on the body of Collin Thompson, 43, of Herbert Street Newtown, on April 8. The procedure was performed by Dr. Debrock.

He reported the cause of death to be due to asphyxia (a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body) as a result of the hanging by the neck. On April 1, at about 10 pm, Police responded to a report at Herbert Street Newtown. On arrival they found a male person hanging from a tree by a rope, which was tied around his neck. The person was identified to be Mr. Thompson. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the district medical officer.