The number of murders across the federation this year has now topped the total for the last three years of the last government.

When the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party was in the power, there was an average of 20 murders annually from 2012 until 2014.

Recent slayings in the country have taken the total to 23.

Added to this is a report from Police High Command that overall crime has increased by 56.8 percent since 2015 – the year that Timothy Harris led his Team Unity administration to power.

The latest murder victims are Theon Audain in St. Kitts and Japheth Brown on December 14 in Nevis.

A man was also shot an injured in Newcastle over the weekend, and police are investigating two attempted murders.