11 murder cases for January criminal assizes; most ever, says DPP

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gene Pestaina has confirmed to Dominica New Online that there are 11 murder cases for the 2012 January criminal assizes.

The assizes will open tomorrow (Tuesday, January 24) and according to the DPP this is the first time ever so many murder cases are going to be dealth with.

“This is the first time ever that we are seeing all these murder matters at one time on a courts cause list and it speaks volumes for the administration of justice,” he said.

The assizes will be held at the High Court on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard and will be presided over by Justice Bernie Stephenson Brooks.

One of the murder cases includes that of a family in Soufriere who is alleged to have beaten their brother, Harrison Williams, to death. Allegations are that on September 24, 2011 Lauretta and Herbert Xavier and Manuella Williams were involved in an altercation with their brother. It is reported that the altercation caused his death.

Other murder trials include those involving Albert Steven Jr, Shane Degallerie, Stebin Valentine, Sherman Webb, Garvin George and Kenrick Tyson.

Other cases to be dealt with are five wounding and five matters of a sexual nature.

Also listed are theft and burglary.

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39 Comments

  1. USA
    August 14, 2012

    As a present law enforcement officer and former federal agent for the U.S.A and with a Criminal Justice Degree from the U.S.A, the penalties and the laws need to be changed because if not Dominica will be worse than some Cities in the U.S.A , Laws need to be toughened and strengthened and enforced without hesitation. I am a Dominican by descent and very proud of it. I plan to move to Dominica shortly and come home to live. Maybe I can provide some assistance to the Criminal issues in which to curtail the crime and make it safer for the people of Dominica. The citizens deserve to be safe from harm and rely on the courts and the police to protect them.

  2. Country
    April 3, 2012

    What city or town in the USA that has 70,000 people like DA you seeing 2 or 3 people murdered each day? Please don’t say Brooklyn. I think it’s time to move not true?

  3. wa papa!!!
    January 24, 2012

    Had they not removed Behanzin from the Bench, six would have come last year, because he had almost completed six of them. The one the system is trying to drop is a very interesting one, the murder in wall house because of who accused father is! Let us see what the DPP does about that one

  4. Portsmouth- London
    January 24, 2012

    I was listening to the news and I heard of this gentleman who has to appear before the law for attempted murder.

    I would like to ascertain who this gentleman is by the name of Malcolm Sandy ( Hope I have the correct name and spelling).

    Thanks in advance

  5. Anonymous
    January 24, 2012

    11 murder cases at one sitting is frankly 11 too many.I see things getting to the point like my home town London and unless something is done very quickly Dominica will not only surpassed the rest of the Caribbean for crime, mainly murder but will be on par with certain parts of Britain and the united states of America.I would like to appeal whole heartedly to the government of Dominica that criminals who are found guilty must pay the penalty because softly softly approach does not work and will be the catalyst for total lawlessness.

    • Justice over Peace
      January 24, 2012

      Wow; Dominica is geting promoted in he most horrific way ever. I live in a large city in the USA and with four or five murders “Per Anum” Not very good news for “Crimeinica Long time ago ‘Lovely Dominica” How has “Lovely Dominica” turned into “Scuminica”

      God continue his blessing and watch over Dominica.

  6. rasta4life
    January 24, 2012

    NO SENSE DEALIING WITH MURDER CASE , THEY WILL ALL WALK OUT FREE LIKE THE MURDERER WHO KILLED MOUSE !!!!!!!! AH AH AH

  7. missy
    January 23, 2012

    what ever happened to that Edwards boy from canefield trial? The one who smashed his van after being slashed in the throat! Did the return to guadeloupe after bail?

  8. set me free
    January 23, 2012

    Superdan urs behind hope u can deal wit it when it come bless up

  9. bambi
    January 23, 2012

    What about the yanik lander he not havinb hisday in court

  10. Man
    January 23, 2012

    hope there will be 11 hangings

  11. Redz
    January 23, 2012

    Albert Stevens Jr. is charges for attempted murder and not murder. There is a big difference.

    • Anonymous
      January 24, 2012

      thank u 4 d correction

  12. January 23, 2012

    I do hope that the Dominican official will ask Canada Authority to take all 14 of them to Canada for help

  13. da massive
    January 23, 2012

    WHAT I WANNA KNOW IS ARE THEY EVER GOING TO CALL EDWARD ALCAPONE GREEN CASE OR IS THE MAN GOING TO STAY UP THERE WITHOUT EVEN BEING TRIED??? I MEAN IF HE REALLY KILL THE DORIVAL GUY TRY THE MAN AND THEN JAIL HIM

    • January 23, 2012

      They should all claim postpartum depression now

    • abroad
      January 23, 2012

      exactly wat i was thinkin, or wat about the newtown case with k.k, blackboi n fragger etc, when they lettin them man go for crime they didnt commit?

    • C. bruce
      January 23, 2012

      good point

  14. Devoted Dominican
    January 23, 2012

    WHILE WE ARE ON THE MURDER SUBJECT, WILL SOMEONE PLEASE ENLIGHTEN US AS OF WHO MURDERED GRIGO FROM PORTSMOUTH LAST MONTH? I FIND IT VERY STRANGE THAT THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY INVESTIGATION OF THAT MURDER BY THE DOMINICA POLICE DEPT. D.O.L PLEASE FOLLOW UP. THANKS.

    • Jespen
      January 23, 2012

      are you part of the rank and file of the police force? the police do not have to come on the radio to advise you on persons of interest in the matter or what has been unearthed. you will find out in time.

    • Blkqwn
      January 23, 2012

      That’s a great question. When he was alive every time something went down his name was broadcasted all over the media. Now that he is dead persons of interest (if there are any) are a big secret?

  15. we go see
    January 23, 2012

    We don’t need to ask how those are going to end now, do we??……look for them in the band Carnival Monday and Tuesday

  16. January 23, 2012

    WHY CAN’T WE MAKE GOOD USE OF INTERNET INSTEAD OF TALKING THROUGH OUR BEHIND ….LIFE IS VERY SHORT WHETHER IT GOES SUDDENLY OR TRAGICALLY …DNO IS THERE FOR A GOOD REASON NOT FOR PEOPLE LIKE DA4LYFE AND TINY .I DO NOT WISH BAD FOR ANY ONE BECAUSE WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND BUT I HOPE ONE DAY YOU MIGHT BE ON THE LIST FOR WHAT YOU A WISHING FOR OTHERS,,,,GET A LIFE STUPID OLD GOAT.

    • DA4LYFE
      January 23, 2012

      HMM…I guest you people don’t know the word sarcasm…

  17. Dominican Child
    January 23, 2012

    They will all walk away free just like that young mother who walked away after killing her 2 kids!!

  18. Morihei Ueshiba
    January 23, 2012

    :-D Since DLP in office crime escalating & laws breaking!

    • Dominican Queen
      January 24, 2012

      Mori, you need to watch the world news. If you live anywhere other than DA, please, open your eyes and ears. I live in a small city in the USA and young pple kill each other everyday, especially blacks. when there are two deaths in one day, we look at it as very good. So stop blaming the government for the crimes committed.

  19. DA4LYFE
    January 23, 2012

    FINALLY!!!Dominica catching up with the rest of the Caribbean sigh..finalllyyy..If we not catching up with progression we better catch up with something unfortunately it’s with crime and murder rate..OMG I hope we can surpass St lucia,St Kitts, Barbados with our murder rates..Dominica goal should be to surpass Jamaica and Trinidad murder rates..Yes,We Can..Yes, We Can.. strictly satire..U heard!!

    • DA4LYFE
      January 23, 2012

      I guest you people don’t know the word sarcasm..I’m being sarcastic..Since Dominica is not making any progression forward we choose to follow the rest of the Caribbean I go backwards with crime/murder rates.

      • Jespen
        January 23, 2012

        You are quite a jack behind a donkey

      • DA4LYFE
        January 23, 2012

        @ Jaspen..HA :/ LOLOL ..Sense of humor..People need to free up themselves..

    • Grand Bay Girl
      January 23, 2012

      Wow!God will help us all

  20. SuperDan
    January 23, 2012

    That’s 11 from different times last year not 11 this year.. Their cases are being dealt with this month.. This does not reflect 11 murders for 2012. We not even up to 5. Not saying it’s a good thing I just don’t like how they report this withought mentioning this is not 11 murdera for the year. This will have ppl thinkIng year just start n we up 11 already.. They need to do something bout these animals n stop feeding them in stockie n just hang their

    • Mybit
      January 23, 2012

      More than likely the eleven murder trials in the January assizes don’t stem from 11 murders committed in 2011. Murder trials hardly ever get to the high court within a year of the offence being committed.

    • Roseau
      January 23, 2012

      ohh i thought it was 11 for teh year.. :O

    • Dominican Queen
      January 24, 2012

      If those pple reading don’t have commonsense, of if they did not learn english, is whose fault. Everyone should know that January criminal assizes is for cases of the year before and beyond.

  21. open mind in possie
    January 23, 2012

    I really need someone to place this in context for me! “This is the first time ever that we are seeing all these murder matters at one time on a courts cause list and it speaks volumes for the administration of justice,” he said.

    • Dominican Queen
      January 24, 2012

      Its time to bring back an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.(when you kill, no question asked, just kill you except in self defence.) After they commit the crimes and some family lost a husband, son, daughter etc. tax payers have to pay to keep them alive. I say bring back hanging and you will see how fast the crime rate will drop

  22. Gee
    January 23, 2012

    11 ????? That’s really getting out of hand!!

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