Police in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia have laid a murder charge in the death of a man from P.E.I.

Seventy-five-year old Colin Peter of Guernsey Cove in eastern P.E.I. died from injuries he suffered during a robbery on the beach. The attack took place on Nov. 15. Police said he was hit on the head with a piece of wood. He died in hospital several days later.

On Tuesday, St. Lucia police charged a local man, 42-year-old Curtis Joseph, with Peter's murder.

Peter was visiting the country researching one of his ancestors, William Peter, who was a successful businessman on the island in the late 1800s.

Peter's son, Andrew Peter, said the family sees the incident as a crime of opportunity and harbours no bad feelings about St. Lucia.