Four plead not guilty to murder

Four men indicted for murder have pleaded not guilty to the charges at the High court arraignment on May 7, 2021.

Emmanuel Mannie Azille of Cottage was the first to enter a not guilty plea.

Azile stands charged with the September 30, 2014, murder of 46-year-old Marilyn McLawrence in Portsmouth.

McLawrence’s lifeless body was found in a track near her home in Glanvillia, Portsmouth about 7:30 p.m. on the same day with serious wounds to her head.

Azille, who is represented by attorney-at-law Darius Jones, was further remanded in custody.

Heywood Augustine of Portsmouth also rendered a not guilty plea for the 2018 New Year Day murder of Derrick Peters who was  also from Portsmouth.

Peters’ death from a gunshot in the back of the neck marked Dominica’s first homicide case in  2018.

Augustine is represented by attorney-at-law Dawn Yearwood Stewart and his bail will continue in the sum of $150,000 with two sureties.

The court also reduced his reporting time from three times a week to once weekly.

Meanwhile, two brothers from Eggleston – Jeremiah Gustave and Rendolph Gustave – pleaded not guilty to the murder of Glen Alphonse of the same community.

Alphonse was shot whilst on a passenger bus in Eggleston on July 5, 2017.

The Gustave brothers who are represented by attorney Kondwani Williams were further remanded in custody pending a bail application hearing scheduled for next week.

The matters were adjourned to June 25, 2021, respectively, for case management.

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3 Comments

  1. Kev
    October 30, 2021

    all these years and they still can’t close these cases? a joke dat? how long again till something happen?

  2. Anson D. Pantz
    May 8, 2021

    A lot of murders in a small population.

  3. Ibo France
    May 8, 2021

    These murders were committed 7,3 and 4 years ago and haven’t been disposed of as yet. These matters were adjourned until June 25, 2021. Rest assured they will be additional postponements. Delayed Justice is Injustice.

    All systems of governance in Dominica are performing below par to put it euphemistically. The parliament, the court, the police, the executive, the electoral office, the AG’s office,, all of them are malfunctioning like a vehicle that has been on the road for far too long.

    The longer a case takes to go to trial the most likely evidence gets misplaced or lost; witnesses memory fades or they emigrate or even passed away; interest in the case wanes and the perpetrators most are likely to walk.

    Donald Trump has described Dominica best. A Borehole Country.

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