The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force held a briefing to explain some of the circumstances surrounding the recent death of a British woman.

Fifty-year-old Hilary Hughes-Augustin, an AIDS expert who has done work for the World Health Organisation and other international agencies, died at Victoria Hospital on Friday, May 4 of this year, nearly three weeks after she was admitted for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

The British public health expert relocated to Saint Lucia three years ago, married Cleus Augustin, a Saint Lucian, and lived at La Guerre, Babonneau where she owned a house.

{CLICK FOR BIGGER} Since Hughes-Augustin’s death, speculation has been rife as to the circumstances that led to that outcome, especially in the British press.

During the press conference, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime and Intelligence) Frances Henry said she received information on Friday, April 27 around 2 pm regarding Hughes-Augustin. Based on that information, she said she immediately summoned members of the Vulnerable Persons Team Unit and the Major Crimes Investigation Unit. Following a briefing with those two units, ACP Henry said those two units were dispatched to the Victoria Hospital.

ACP Henry said that having been apprised about Hughes-Augustin’s name, nationality and address, it was later revealed by medical personnel at the hospital that the British AIDS expert had been admitted to Victoria Hospital on Sunday, April 15, 2012. After receiving that initial round of information, ACP Henry said the investigating team returned and was debriefed, following which she gave instructions that an investigation into the circumstances that led to Hughes-Augustin’s hospitalization would commence.

Periodic visits by the police to the hospital followed, ACP Henry told the press. However, due to Hughes-Augustin’s condition at the time, police were not able to speak with her. Nevertheless, the investigations went ahead, with police speaking to a number of other individuals. Meanwhile, the British national’s medical condition worsened. On Friday, May 4, 2012, the police were informed that Hughes-Augustin had succumbed to her injuries.

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