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Two American sisters dead; found “unresponsive” in hotel room

The Seychelles' authorities are investigating the deaths of two American women who were found “unresponsive” in their hotel room yesterday, the police said.

The two sisters, aged 38 and 42, were on holiday in Seychelles and were staying in a villa at the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa.

“They were certified dead by the doctor at the Anse Boileau health centre where they had been transported for examination,” police spokesman Jean Toussaint said in a statement.

“Preliminary examination done by the police on the bodies of the two Americans is not showing any signs of violence,” adds the statement.

The incident was reported to the police at around midday by the management of the tourism establishment.

South African experts in forensics, search and rescue to help in Marvin Asba case

More than a month after being reported missing Marvin Asba has still not been found and on Thursday evening an expert in forensics and missing persons, Brigadier Leonie Ras from South Africa, arrived in the country to help in the case.

The expert, who was recommended to the Seychelles Police by Interpol following a request for help the local police made last month, is accompanied by two expert dog handlers specialised in search and rescue ‒ warrant officers Van Rooyen and Prinsloo whose dogs are trained in detecting a person on and below the ground as well as in the water.

Yesterday morning the team was briefed by police commissioner Reginald Elizabeth and the CID officer leading the investigation as well as other officers working on the case.

Speaking to the local press soon after the briefing, Commissioner Elizabeth said it has taken some time for the expert to arrive as there are procedures to follow and the expert had to conclude work on important cases she was working on before being granted authorisation from her superiors to travel here.

Commissioner Elizabeth said the experts have received a detailed overview of the case from the day the young man was reported missing, all the investigation that  has taken place up to now so they could add their input and decide on how to conduct their own investigation.

UNODC to assist in prison reforms and a juvenile and female detention remand facility

Prison reforms, setting a juvenile and female detention remand facility, reviewing the existing Prisons Act and the need to fully engage and set up a rehabilitation process within the prison system that engages as many inmates as possible were the focus of discussions held last week between a United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) expert in prison management, William Cullen, and Home Affairs Minister Mitcy Larue.

The meeting was attended by the Superintendent of Seychelles Prison Services, Vic Tirant, and the minister’s special advisor for prisons, Raymond St Ange.

The meeting provided an opportunity for Minister Larue to receive a briefing from Mr Cullen on progress made during his current mission to support of the Seychelles’ government efforts to reform the prison services.

In February this year, Superintendent Tirant submitted a Prison Reform Plan which details the strategic vision, aims and objectives of the prison services as well as seeking to reduce the financial burden on the government’s budget by becoming more efficient and self-sufficient.

The Prison Reform Plan aims for the Seychelles Prisons Services to set up a proper detention facility to manage female and juvenile remands.

Minister Larue commissioned a detention remand facility for male remands at the Bois de Rose police base this week.

“The new detention remand facility will manage male remands but work however continues as we now seek the assistance of the UNODC on how best to address the care and management of juveniles who are remanded into custody awaiting trial,” said Minister Larue.

Minister Larue admitted that the Seychelles Prisons Services lacked the necessary logistics to fully manage juveniles in a specialised setting and also taking into consideration the care and special needs of juveniles on remand as required by Prison Reform Plan.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is to work close consultation with the Ministry of Family Affairs and other partners such as the UNODC, the Seychelles Judiciary, the National Assembly and NGO’s with children’s care and child protection as their mission, to specifically address a purpose built facility for juveniles with the best suggested management practices in regard to the custodial care of juveniles.

“We simply cannot place guards and ‘manhandle’ juveniles and have to think to achieve the best results in reforming juveniles while in our care.  We must ensure that we have well caring, mindful persons who can play an active part in the efforts that we want to put in place,” Minister Larue said.

SPDF describes Cutlass Express 2017 a success

Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG) patrol ships Andromache and Constant sailed back to Seychelles from Port Louis, Mauritius late on Monday this week following their involvement in the sixth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express. 

The two ships left Port Victoria for Mauritius on January 25, 2017.

Maritime forces from Eastern Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organisations took part in Cutlass Express 2017.  

Besides the two ships, Seychelles also deployed one Dornier maritime patrol aircraft from the Seychelles Air Force (SAF). 

New fleet of vehicles 2016

Under a total grant of US $25 million announced by the government of India to Seychelles in 2012, a substantial amount was earmarked for the police department, with US $100,000 for police uniforms and US $600,000 for police vehicles. US $30,000 for drug rehabilitation and detoxification programmes in Seychelles were also included under the grant.

Conveying his and the police’s gratitude to the high commissioner and government of India, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who has helped them in making this donation possible, Compol Elizabeth said during the past years, Seychelles Police has worked diligently to reduce crimes in order to make Seychelles a safer place.

Six-month baby taken to hospital with eight bite marks

A six-month baby with eight bite marks all over his body was taken to a health centre on Saturday night.

According to a communiqué from the Seychelles Children’s Foundation (SCF), the incident occurred on Saturday evening at the President’s Village, Port Glaud.  It was a child support officer who found the six-month baby in his cot with eight bite marks all over his body.

The baby was taken to the Anse Boileau health centre where he was examined by a doctor and released the same night. The bite marks were not too deep and according to preliminary investigation possibly it was done by another child, the communiqué added.

It noted that the incident was also reported to the police and other agencies. 

Thirteen-year-old girl stabs own mother several times

The police are conducting an investigation in an incident where a 13-year-old girl from Carana stabbed her mother several times.

The incident happened on Friday April 22, 2016 and a report was made to the Beau Vallon police station on the same day at around 11.30pm.

According to the police, the mother sought help from neighbours who brought her to the hospital. She was treated and released from the hospital the same day.

As for the suspect, she was arrested later in the night by the police.  She appeared in court again yesterday after a first court appearance on Monday afternoon.

The suspect remains in police custody until May 4, 2016.

Marlene Lionnet dies in car accident

Marlene Lionnet died yesterday afternoon in a tragic accident at Anse Aux Pins.

According to the police, Mrs Lionnet was a passenger in a Kia Picanto, driven by her 35-year-old grandson. They were heading south.

She was certified dead at the Casualty unit of the Seychelles Hospital at around 4.30pm.

Apparently the driver lost control of the car which hit a tree just outside the fence of the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) bus depot in the junction leading to Reef Estate.

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Seychellois among two women jailed in London for another woman’s death

Seychellois Magdalena Agathine and another woman, Kinse Aidid, have been convicted at the Old Bailey following the death of a 27-year-old woman, Hamdi Jiumala, in a flat in London in September last year.

The two young women, both 21 years old, were found guilty and convicted on Friday April 8.

Aidid was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years while Agathine was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for nine years.

Hamdi Jiumala, of no fixed address, was found dead in a flat at Gainsborough House on Ayley Croft on September 17, 2015.

The court heard that police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 21:20hrs, to reports of a dead woman at the location. Officers attended and Jiumala’s naked body was found in a bedroom. She had suffered multiple injuries.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as blunt force injuries to the head and trunk.


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