Murder of French Chef investigation continues

POSTED: 03/2/11 2:00 PM

Marine Trades Association offers to finance additional security

St. Maarten – A delegation from the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) have offered the police top brass to retain Checkmate Security to provide additional security during the upcoming Heineken Regatta. The offer was made on Tuesday at a meeting to discuss the way forward after what’s now been termed “the brutal murder” of Ludovic Guillevin. The body of the Frenchman who was a chef aboard Cheetah Moon was found at Mullet Bay Beach just after dawn on Saturday. He succumbed to his injuries at 8:00 p.m. that same day.

According to a joint statement the SMMTA will retain Checkmate at their expense so there can be additional surveillance patrols in Simpson Bay. Parties believe this is necessary to ensure the safety of locals and visitors who will flood the area for the upcoming Heineken Regatta.

“The Police and the SMMTA take this opportunity to remind everyone to be vigilant and safe while having serious fun on our otherwise Friendly Island,” the parties wrote in their joint statement.

No other specific controls were announced in the joint statement, but the police committed to looking out for gypsy taxis, increasing visibility, adding more security presence on the “Simpson Bay Strip” running from Tropicana Casino down to Portofino Marina and intensifying controls by the Maritime Division of the Police Force. The latter action will be done in collaboration with the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard unit stationed in Simpson Bay.

Police Commissioner Peter de Witte led the delegation into the meeting with SMMTA President Kass Johnson and the body’s government liaison Michael Ferrier. The other five ranking officers in the room were Commissioner Carl John, Inspector Ricardo Henson, Chief Inspector Denise Jacobs, Inspector Humphrey Giterson and Inspector Richard York.

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In order to attract people to come forward with information the police released a photo of Guillevin. One of them shows him in the navy blue polo shirt he was wearing on the night he was attacked.

“The Police Department needs the assistance from the public and is asking anyone who recognizes the victim and may have seen him that night in the Simpson Bay/Maho Reef/ Mullet bay area to call the police station and give that information,” the police spokesman Ricardo Henson wrote in a statement.

“The SMMTA is extremely pleased with the response and follow up by the St. Maarten Police Force. It is obvious that Chief Commissioner de Witte and his team will leave no stone un-turned or resource untapped in their efforts to bring the culprit(s) of this heinous crime to justice,” the SMMTA stated in the joint release.


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