St Lucia – Cathedral killers sentenced to life in prison

CASTRIES –– Two men accused of setting fire to worshippers 15 years ago, have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

After spending 14 years in jail during which a retrial was held, the sentence was handed down on Friday in the High Court.

The men –– Kim John and Francis Phillip –– were sentenced in the aftermath of the December 31, 2000 tragedy in which they stormed into the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception here, shortly after midnight dousing worshippers with gasoline and setting them on fire.

Kim John and Francis Phillip
Kim John and Francis Phillip

They also bludgeoned Sister Theresa Egan, 73, to death while Reverend Charles Gaillard, 62, died from severe burns to his body.

In all, close to a dozen worshippers suffered burns in the attack.

The men had pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the Privy Council overturned their death sentence for murder.

The crime was one of the most heinous in St Lucia’s history. The police said the men declared they were Rastafarian prophets sent by God to fight corruption in the Catholic Church.

Source: (Caribbean 360)

3 Responses to St Lucia – Cathedral killers sentenced to life in prison

  1. allison archer April 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    please this is not Christianity, this have nothing to do with LORD Jesus, any denomination brainwashing you to hurt another, live for self, money, health or success is of the devil, get as far away from it as possible

  2. Ryvan Bigman
    Ryvan Bigman April 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I always ask myself the same thing smh, what is it that they like???

  3. Maxine Hutchinson April 28, 2015 at 11:04 am

    When drugs are smoked or sniffed and chased with alcohol while the persons are listening to certain types of music, guides from the dark side take up positions within such persons and guide their thoughts accordingly. Those demons remain within them for years and when given the opportunity unawares, usually strike again.

    Too many people, especially our young people are demon possessed and they or they family members are not cognizant of this fact. Many of us who attend church and pray, are also victims of demons unknown to ourselves. We have to get into the habit of praying without ceasing on a daily basis.


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