Police probe continues into death of Roger Pratt in St Lucia

Roger Pratt, aboard Magetic Attraction, proudly showing the Tuna he had caught during the Atlantic crossing. Picture: SUPPLIED. Roger Pratt, aboard Magetic Attraction, proudly showing the Tuna he had caught during the Atlantic crossing. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Thursday, January 23, 2014
5:54 PM

Police chiefs leading investigations into the death of Norfolk man Roger Pratt in the Caribbean said they were “very confident” that there would soon be “a logical conclusion” to the case.

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Mr Pratt, 62, was killed and his wife Margaret, 60, was injured when three armed men attacked the couple last Friday night after boarding their yacht, Magnetic Attraction, off the coast of Vieux Fort.

Mr and Mrs Pratt, who grew up in Norfolk and met sailing on the Broads, were more than six months into a dream round-the-world trip, having set off from Lowestoft last July.

A spokesman for the Royal Saint Lucia police force said Mrs Pratt was badly beaten by the robbers and her husband, a retired engineer, was found floating in the water nearby.

A post-mortem examination found that he had drowned after suffering a heavy blow, with tests showing he died from “asphyxia secondary to blunt force trauma.”

Five people are now being held in custody in connection with the incident.

Today, Vernon Francois, the commissioner of the island’s police force, said they were “very confident” that there will be “a logical conclusion in the case.”

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