0Monday, December 22 – Officers of the RVIPF Major Crime Team were joined by Neighbourhood officers as they revisited the scene exactly one week to the date and time after Paul Prentice’s murder to canvas as well as to reassure the community of their general safety in the Road Town area.
Yesterday evening, officers distributed leaflets asking for information that could assist with the murder investigation from anyone who may have been in or around one of the businesses prior to and during the time of the murder.
Acting Detective Inspector Vernon Larocque, who heads the investigation says the exercise was intended both to restore a sense of calm and security in the local area and to appeal to those who could help in advancing the investigation.
“We know that the ice cream parlour is very popular for families particularly on a Sunday evening. We also know there are churches in the area that hold evening services. Our hope is that the incident on Sunday will not discourage persons from coming out as usual and enjoying family time,” he said.
Larocque noted that officers also used the opportunity to canvas businesses and homes in the area to get the help needed to progress the investigation into Prentice’s murder. “We know a number of persons were in or around the area at the time of the incident. We need more than hearsay; we need persons that would go on record as to what they saw or heard,” he added.
Paul Prentice, 22, of Duffs Bottom, was pronounced dead at the scene following a shooting incident on Waterfront Drive on Sunday, December 14 around 7:15pm. The forensic post mortem carried out on Prentice over the weekend showed that he died from a single gunshot wound to the heart. The pathologist confirmed that he would have expired seconds after receiving the fatal wound.