BREAKING NEWS: Police officer charged for murder of Kingshill man

Kerwin Prosper – file photo

Superintendent of Police, Matthew Cuffy, has been charged for the murder of Kerwin Prosper.

Cuffy, one of several police officers under investigation for the death of Prosper, appeared before Magistrate Pearl Williams today where the charge was read to him.

Since the matter is indictable —expected to be heard at the High court before a Judge and jury— the senior police officer was not required to enter a plea.

According to the charge filed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Richmond Valentine, on Monday February 15, 2021, “Cuffy of Riviere Cyrique did murder Prosper of Kingshill in Roseau”.

The prosecution’s case is led by Trinidadian Attorney, Keith Scotland and local attorney attached to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP),  Dianna Matthew.

Cuffy is represented by attorneys Gina Dyer Munro and Zeena Moore Dyer.

Since bail cannot be granted in the Magistrate Court for capital offenses, an application is currently ongoing for bail in the High court.

The matter has been adjourned to November 18, 2021, for Preliminary Inquiry.

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34 Comments

  1. Lin clown
    July 24, 2021

    Investigations are continuing and based on the evidence others will be charged.CUFFY was the one incharge.There was the storming of Police Headquarters by members of the Defence Force,where const.Mathias Alexander was shot and killed in December 1981.All members of the Defence Force were charged and convicted,only the LEADER was hanged.There was an incident in Colihaut where an INSPECTOR of Police ordered a constable to burn a Rastaman shack after marijuana was found,the constable burned down the shack.The Rasta sued the Police and the INSPECTOR was held responsible because the shack was on the Rasta property ,which at the time the Police didn’t know.Those UWP JACKA as ignorant as usual,just running their mouth.GOSSIP keep the blood flowing in the VEINS of UWP,especially IBO,VIEWS and %.

  2. knownsinner
    July 23, 2021

    ok ok….so check this….some ppl want to Paint Mathew as a non supporter of government or even a “blue boy” as if that might be ALL the reason you need to explain why he would ALLEGEDLY murder the man…but if he is blue …and he was the ONLY one charged…then that makes the police and government look like a set of victimizing, corrupt set of….JACK Ayyyyyyy…look at that….stupes….

  3. Hotblood police
    July 23, 2021

    Johnrose of mahaut was killed in the Rose… police “strangulation” Almost 40 years ago. You would think that by now things have changed! But when a country is riddled with poverty and unemployment all sorts of “drop-outs” are accepted in the police force. We are a tiny island so why are there so many police officers just idling doing nothing! I mean, absolutely nothing! It’s a damn shame. How does someone live peaceably with himself/herself after killing an innocent human being? That’s a punishment on its own. A life is very precious! Anyway, I feel for the victim’s family as well as for the officers family. God bless our country, Dominica.

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  4. Reality hits
    July 23, 2021

    i really hope those that murder Joshua Ettiene will be prosecuted as well.
    I see one of them roaming the streets like he did nothing

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  5. Goldy JB
    July 22, 2021

    What about the two police officers others who assisted him? They should all do some hard time but then again all this is just a charade.

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  6. Same old same old
    July 22, 2021

    This case reminds me of the Chocksi case. Same corrupt players playing the same game at a different venue with the same corrupt scorers and very corrupt umpires / referees. So expect when a batsman is bowled those corrupt referees to call NOBALL. A corrupt country with a very very corrupt government, a very corrupt police, corrupt judiciary and a very weak and at times very corrupt media.
    Its a country where justice is bought like hot bread

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    • Ibo France
      July 23, 2021

      I share the very same sentiments. Everything in this country is corrupt to the core. All organs, tissues and cells of government are decaying with corruption.

      The rest of civil society, that is, the media houses, churches, business sector, civic groups have all been infected with this corrupt virus. Only Q95 fm and a few individuals have been fully vaccinated and are immune from this mind decaying disease.

      From the number of persons who has been charged; from the abnormally quick bail; doesn’t this give us an insight where this case is heading? Even the man or woman with a modicum of common sense knows. Let’s not play ignorant.

      DNO might just refuse to publish this comment under the guise of inaccurate information even though this isn’t the case. They resent the naked truth. They love their PM even more now after they were handpicked to be on his Dog & Pony worthless, propaganda Show with the habitual LIAR.

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      • Knownsinner
        July 23, 2021

        DNO had you pegged right….even IF you recognized your failings that mindsets like yours are actually part of the problem, you would refuse to change….there is something weak and cowardly about wanting others to change but refusing to do it for yourself, no wonder you are so quick to accuse others of your failings.

        • We know what’s going on
          July 24, 2021

          So WE are the villains now, the ones that point out all the wrong doings of this gangster that calls himself PM of this country? You got to be joking. Is this your new tactic. Have you had advice from uncle Donald?

  7. Questions & Answers
    July 22, 2021

    According to Assistant Commissioner Valentine, “Cuffy of Riviere Cyrique did murder Prosper of Kingshill in Roseau”.

    That charge may sound bold but we know its very weak and maybe deliberate, and there is no way Mr. Cuffy will be convicted!
    But it seems that Mr Valentine knows about the intent of this murder charge so I want to ask him some questions:

    1. Sir, why do you believe Mr Cuffy murdered Kerwin Prosper? Did he do it to protect the interest of corrupt politicians and their friends?

    2. Do you sir think is because Assistant Commissioner Cuffy might soon become the Commissioner and as we have seen in the Skerrit cabinet one has to commit a crime to be promoted, so they cannot arrest Skerrit? Maybe you might have to ask Mr Corbet, Valarie and Christian

    3. Sir, was Kerwin murdered because they did not want him to talk about who he stole from, what he stole, if is cash then where that cash from and if it was passport money or proceeds of crime?

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  8. Megso
    July 22, 2021

    Is this the same dude that was supposed to be the savior of the Dominica police force??

    https://natureisle.news/news-desk/a-veteran-cid-police-officer-takes-charge-of-the-department-promising-continued-results/

  9. FBI Agent
    July 22, 2021

    “According to the charge filed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Richmond Valentine, on Monday February 15, 2021, “Cuffy of Riviere Cyrique did murder Prosper of Kingshill in Roseau”

    Boy is either this Assistant commissioner is a fool, an A.. hole or working in the interest of his boss to conclude that Cuffy murdered Prosper and charged him with murder. How can he conclude Cuffy murdered him when prior reports indicate that Prosper complained of chess pain and was brought to the hospital and was discharged? Mr. Valentine can you prove that it was intentionally done? Are you suggesting that you know one of the corrupt gods of Dominica paid Mr. Cuffy to willfully and deliberately kill Prosper? To charge the man with murder when you can’t prove his intent is an easy case to dismiss. Since Valentine charged him with murder then the commissioner should charge Valentine with Manslaught. “Voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person kills another without any premeditation”

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  10. Dañaron
    July 22, 2021

    With that one person charge they are setting up the prosecution to fail. Dyer will drill holes in that case. Then again maybe that’s what they want. It cannot be one person being charged. And I sure the superintendent was delivering the beating to the man..maybe it happen on his watch (I don’t know) but if you are charging one person they setting up the case to fail. Charge all of them that was involved. Also what happened to the Ettiene man which was killed in a portsmouth cell? See? Nothing! Setting up for an easy win for Dyer. This is not justice at all. Smoke screen. Smh.

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  11. Not a real country
    July 22, 2021

    So if there was not a lawsuit I guess no one would be charged man? Man in a real country not only officer Cuffy would be charged but every single officer present at the time of the arrest and murder of Mr Prosper, as well as both the commissioner and his deputy, the minister of national security, as well as the AG because I believe they all played a role in hiding and covering these police officers. In fact Skerrit, Charles Savarin and the entire DLP corrupt team should have been charged for creating that culture of theft and crime in Dominica. I would be shocked if the alleged stolen money which caused the death of Prosper is not connected to passport money and we know who those passport criminals are.

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  12. My little take
    July 22, 2021

    Along with the alleged “murderer” all the officers present at the time of the murder should be brought to justice so we could know what happened. Charging one officer is an easy way to get that case dismissed.

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  13. Ibo France
    July 22, 2021

    Why isn’t the autopsy made public? What about the independent investigation which was done? Where is the transparency? Only one man inflicted all those injuries?

    If other officers were present and did nothing to stop this brutal besting of the victim they too should be charged at least with aiding and abetting as they were complicit in the death of Kerwin.

    From the dubious record of the police force, DPP office and the court I have no confidence in them to mete out justice. A fish rots from the HEAD. When a government is corrupt the whole of society becomes corrupt. This is precisely the case in Dominica.

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  14. Life
    July 22, 2021

    They are dressing up like wolf in sheep’s clothing and want the public to assist them…they are not real….i am happy for the family’s…simple truth…do unto others what we want for ourselves or our families….very sad in Dominica ☹☹🙁

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  15. Original
    July 22, 2021

    “Superintendent of Police, Matthew Cuffy, has been charged for the murder of Kerwin Prosper.” this is a senior police officer who is the Fourth in command of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF), yet this is the behaviour which he has upheld. if this does not signify that we have a systematic issue of police brutality in the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force then i do not know what else could demonstrate this so clearly! Plus the bus driver and other protesters, who are before the courts on bogus charges after being brutalised by police officers. this is historic as it demonstrates that this is an action which has been condoned by these same senior officer who practice police brutality. where is the DPP and the judiciary in defense of the citizens of Dominica? what good is a constitutional right if the ones who are paid to uphold it are the same ones violating it?

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  16. Vanessa
    July 22, 2021

    Surely is not one person that beat slobby to death.
    What about the other officers ?

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  17. Mark
    July 22, 2021

    At least Mr. Cuffy will be convicted or has been convicted the Court of Public Opinion if the Judicial Courts are not going to do anything. I would not want to feel that way and live like that in that small society. At least Matthew Cuffy knows that he is not above the law- more to come – the long arm of Justice if not today next day or next election cycles- Fr the other copy cats you can run but you will not be able to hide- judgment day coming soon. Enjoy your impunity for now.

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  18. If we knew better
    July 22, 2021

    So a superintendent that did the dirty deed? And Assistant Commissioner of Police, Richmond Valentine, stating for a fact that on Monday February 15, 2021, “Cuffy of Riviere Cyrique did murder Prosper of Kingshill in Roseau”??

    A fall guy that there man? So if they know why did they try to hide it for so long? So Matthew Cuffy is now on remand at the State Prison? What is the scene with that? And who else ? because slobby was a big feller, it cannot be Cuffy alone.

    ADMIN: That is how the charge was worded when stated in court. It is common legal language, it is not the same as saying he was proven guilty.

  19. dissident
    July 22, 2021

    So the prosecution is led by a Trinidadian attorney eh!!!!
    the wording of the charge is striking to me.
    Basically saying Cuffy murdered prosper of Kingshill in Roseau!
    you mean to tell me that only one police officer was in direct contact with Prosper?
    what was de conclusion of de independent investigation?

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  20. Show hisface
    July 22, 2021

    Show his face if it was a ghetto man all yould have his picture big and bold

    ADMIN: A picture of the officer is available in this updated article: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/police-officer-charged-with-murder-granted-150k-bail/

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  21. Joseph charles
    July 22, 2021

    All this for money that was allegedly stolen from a party croonie..BTW

    was that money accounted for ?
    Was that money kickbacks on passport sales?

    Why all the urgency to retrieve that money?

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  22. %
    July 22, 2021

    I have referred to this police force as a failed institution. The business of mercilessly beating defenceless people, should never go unpunished..
    The entire world saw what happened to Esrom, the bus driver in public. Imagine what can happen to you when the public is absent.

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  23. Sensational
    July 22, 2021

    Let justice prevail. Is time Dominicans take a stand and let the wicked pay!!!!

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  24. Boom
    July 22, 2021

    This is not going anywhere- murder means you initially set out to kill that persons- the prosecutors will not be able to prove “intent” – this should have been charged as man slaughter, they would have a better change in holding him accountable

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    • Carnival Murder?
      July 22, 2021

      I agree with you … and that may have been deliberately done. Although I wonder what is “carnival murder”

      Another thing, the charge was filed on Monday, 15th February, 2021? But that was a holiday

      ADMIN: Point taken. The article has been corrected.

    • Garcon
      July 22, 2021

      You are a very intelligent individual. This was deliberate if you ask me; done so that he could get off. Let’s see where this goes.

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    • Bwa-Banday
      July 22, 2021

      There is still time to file a lower charge(s) of manslaughter “if” the DPP finds the evidence supporting the murder charge too weak after the review of the case file.

    • BJD
      July 22, 2021

      Good observation.

      I think though that the judge can direct the jury on the other options below.

      The prosecution can also ammend or add charges up to a certain point

  25. Military Police
    July 22, 2021

    Well, lets wait and see, one swallow doesn’t make a summer. I have NO confidence in the CDPF, DPP or the courts. Not to mention the government of Dominica and that so called PM. All of these institutions are controlled by him which is actually in breach of the constitution. But then again, the man himself uttered, NO law and NO constitution…

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      July 22, 2021

      @Military Police, I like you have no confidence in the legal institutions in Dominca. They have destroyed my trust by the things they have done also by what they have failed to do. I’m left with the impression that they serve their political bosses so they can get to keep their cushy jobs. That’s not how the system was designed to function, but alas the hands of corruption have extended to those who are supposed to be the gate-keepers of the rule of law. This is only the first step and I’m waiting to see how fast the rest will be delivered. All those who break the law shall be prosecuted and punished for the wrong things that they have done. At least that is the expectation. Let’s wait and see.

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    • July 23, 2021

      Where does Skerrit come in? Do you sleep at night. Are you obsessed with something? Do you need to see a doctor for check up? Man, the Supreme Leader, Roosevelt Skerrit is here to stay. Go find some constructive work to do in your life.

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