Hamilton man charged with shooting Huggins siblings

Raphael Wallace, 32, has been charged with the murder and attempted murder of the sister and brother who were shot in Hamilton Estate, Nevis on 24th May, 2024.

Wallace, a resident of Hamilton Estate, is accused of causing the death of Joelle Huggins and serious injury of her brother Julian Huggins. 

The siblings were also residents of Hamilton Estate.

According to the autopsy report conducted by pathologists Dr. Adrian Nunez and Dr. Naudica Phillip, Joelle, 36, died as a result of hypovolemic shock and massive hemothorax as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the back.

Julian, 37, was shot several times about the body but survived. He was taken to the Alexandra Hospital where he received treatment and was reported to be in stable condition.

Over the weekend, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) announced that two suspects were in custody. Shortly after, they revealed that one person, Wallace, had been charged with crimes connected to the siblings’ shooting.

The pair were reportedly attacked in front of their Poinciana Drive home.

The second suspect who was being questioned has not been identified.

Joelle was the mother of a teenage son. 

Following the shooting which caused Nevis’ first homicide this year, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Terrance Drew, and Premier Mark Brantley held discussions in which they agreed to increase police presence in Hamilton Estate and across the island of Nevis generally.

“In the aftermath of that violent confrontation in Hamilton, which led to the loss of a young woman and serious injuries to her brother, I have been in close contact with the Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Drew, who’s also the Minister of National Security. I’ve also been in contact with the High Command, the Commission of Police, Mr  [James] Sutton, and the Permanent Secretary and the Premier’s Minister, Mr [Wakely] Daniel, who normally engages in security matters. 

“We will be rolling out a number of new initiatives in the Hamilton area and the wider Nevis. We have already started with enhanced patrols and saturated patrols in Hamilton. We will also be engaging in some other efforts in Hamilton in order to bring greater comfort to the residents there. I believe that the people of Hamilton deserve better,” said Premier Brantley in the hours after the shooting.

Prime Minister Drew also confirmed that he is now chairing weekly meetings with the heads of all the country’s security agencies with a view to staying a step ahead of criminal activity.

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