Absolutely no interference in GON Emanuel fire investigation – Carrette


Dominica’s police chief has responded to concerns expressed by fire victim GON Emanuel about the “slow pace of police investigations” into the December 2010 fire that gutted his Goodwill residence and had his wife and himself taking prompt evasive action to save their lives.

Former magistrate Emanuel told Dominica News Online last week that he was very disappointed that the investigation had yielded very little to date, with no one arrested or charged for suspected arson.

However Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette has been telling DNO that the police “are doing all we possibly can with that investigation”.

In an interview on Wednesday, Carrette said: “We are investigating this matter, and there has been absolutely no interference by anybody in this matter”, in reference to suggestions that the matter was being influenced politically as has been alleged.

Describing lawyer Emanuel as a difficult person, the commissioner disclosed that the senior police official investigating the matter had to be changed after “Mr Emanuel complained about the person who was investigating”.

Commissioner Carrette said also that GON Emanuel had failed to cooperate fully with the police in the matter, refusing to be interviewed fully and also refusing to let his wife do the same.

“And if you do not cooperate with the police and you show resistance, then it will really impede the investigation.  He has not cooperated fully with the investigation,” the police chief emphasized.

Emanuel had a different take on the situation when he spoke to DNO earlier.

“Nothing has been done … because from the top, nobody wants to proceed,” he alleged.
Emanuel says there is an individual of interest who is currently in jail who is alleged to have confessed to the crime, and another currently in the United States also said to have been involved.

Carrette says some of what’s been alleged in the so-called self confession “have not been proven to be correct”.

Emanuel isn’t buying the police case – he told DNO that instead of actively pursuing those leads, the police have been investigating him – the victim of the crime.

“They have been trying to find anything that they can find out against me,” he said, adding that the investigation at one stage zeroed in on him, the suggestion being that he tried to kill his wife in a bid to get a $10 million dollar insurance payday.

“They have got nothing on this one, on this insurance business, they came out blank,” Glen Emmanuel said.

However Commissioner Carrette has denied the insurance angle mentioned by the former magistrate.

“That is the first time I am hearing that, but all we are saying is if somebody is a victim of any crime that person is supposed to subject himself or herself to interview by the investigator.  And anytime you fail to do that, we are going to have problems with the investigation,” Carrette said.

According to the Commissioner, GON Emanuel “wants to direct the police, he wants to be in control.  But he must subject himself to interview by the investigator”.
Emanuel says the police should charge the self-confessed individual currently behind bars “with attempted murder and arson”.

He says another individual who was interviewed on radio by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, an individual alleged to have been involved, should also be brought back to Dominica from the United States “to face the investigation”.

The commissioner told DNO, however that the investigation remains wide open, with the police optimistic that they will be able to make inroads and eventually take the matter to court.

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  1. karl
    March 8, 2012

    I do understand the the commissioners position is political. However chief, right is right and wrong is wrong. The chief needs to let the prime minister know that he has not experiencing in policing or security not even blackmore because he never did nothing in the department than dress. I know the chief personnally because I have worked with him and I am surprise at his submissive demeanor towards non esential individuals, meaning the individuals who dictate to him without knowing anything. This emmanuel case should have been sovled within a month. Instead they allowed the so called police officers to go to the prison without any authorization and interfere with an active police investigation. These individuals should have been charge. Dominica is begining to gain international interest and many will have a lot to answer.

  2. Anonymous
    March 8, 2012

    @Truth be Told. Are you serious about that comment you made? If someone tries to kill you and you survived the attack, does it minimize the fact that an attempt was made to kill you?

  3. Tony
    March 8, 2012

    Hi, My people Politics is a dirty business all over the World. So do not expect any better than what we getting from our Police Department because their position is beholding to one Politician or another.

  4. patriot
    March 8, 2012


    • karl
      March 8, 2012

      if the chief and taken a firm stand from day one he would not have been in this situation where he looks like he lack confidence in himself. From the time the gun issue came up where a firearm was return and weekes contradicted him on live radio I knew we were heading down hill.

  5. Mouth of the West
    March 8, 2012

    burn brun brun jus burn jus burn jus burn. DNO in de fire buring. But who is siko/seko ? I was always wondering why sye saying dat in the song.

  6. tiny
    March 8, 2012

    @ mystery

    here’s a scenario for you

    mr black orchestrated a crime but it didn’t work as planned
    yet mr black keep on badgering/harassing the police to solve the crime….mr black is even speaking to the media ever so often….

    hmmmm….if i were mr black i would just keep silent

    March 8, 2012


  8. Pat
    March 8, 2012

    Meaning: Nothing is being done > Read the man’s lips, how better can he put it to you?!

  9. angel
    March 7, 2012


  10. BIG
    March 7, 2012

    Is GON Emmanuel not a lawyer? Why didn’t he ensure his house?

    I smell something fishy from the start.

    • Hate ignorance
      March 8, 2012

      haha if it was insured you would say is for the money he tried burning it down . Typical Dominicans

  11. north man
    March 7, 2012

    Why is Denny not charged for making a false statement and or obstruction of justice. Listening to Denny on the tape I gather that Denny is not the ordinary Dominican criminal. He is definitely smarter than the average guy in the trade. Denny would not be so daring to go make a statement or statements so incriminating.

  12. Quik - Quak
    March 7, 2012

    So Dominicans are fools then? Are we not hearing the excuses and contradictory statements and seeing the shenanigans and the stalling tactics with that horrible criminal act? Did we not hear on radio, the slant by and thinking of Ministers of Govt.?

    Surprisingly, no word on the status of the investigation on the firebombing of the police officer. Money-laundering he is investigating. Who really interested in curbing crime? So we not seeing who defending and protecting whom? Make the connections. Remember the case Emanuel vs. Isidore that cannot begin yet. Did you all listen to Denny’s confession on radio? He mentioned “Seco”. He also spoke of someone else that he went to complaining about his money he had to get for the criminal act. One must have a Heart of stone to be lying so boldly and openly in such a heinous matter.

  13. T
    March 7, 2012

    This man lies fron the left, right and center of his mouth. Politics can turn man into beast.

  14. GOM
    March 7, 2012

    The biggest cancer plaguing the police force is politics. It’s a failed institution carrying on only selective justice.Fire will burn you all. Wicked! Where there is no justice there can never be peace.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. simple mind
    March 7, 2012

    Mr.Carrette,are you interested in the samples you sent to the B/dos forensic lab?the results are ready,go get them.

  16. ....................
    March 7, 2012

    Carrette what is the latest re the whereabouts of Sico/Seco?
    The persons who perpetrated this heinous act need to be brought to justice.

  17. burt dave
    March 7, 2012

    there are those who believe that this case is not going anywhere. Carrette is the oen who said that sicko secko was a person of interest, the senior counsel interviewed sicko secko and he was suppose to be coming back to take care of his business. To date absolutely nothing has been done to bring this person of interest back for questioning.Mr carrette do unto elders as you would like others to do unto you, because one day you may just reach the age of MrEmanuel and I would not like you to go through such an ordeal.Get on with the only agenda that you are paid for –DO THE PEOPLE’S WORK

    • ROSEAU!
      March 8, 2012

      Lord help us, will some one tell them calling someone, “A PERSON OF INTREAST” does not necessarily mean that the person is guilty of any thing. Any body that worth their salt knows that is EVIDENCE I repeat my people, it is facts and Evidence any matter before a court of law looks into. Not weather we love Blue, RED, GREEN,Black,Win,Loose, or Draw people its the Evidence the judge or magistrate and jury deliberating a case have to go by. I could sit here in North America and entertain myself by reading the news or the various comments on D.N.O.and then laugh my self to bed. But it hurts me to ponder what is happening to my people and their reasoning I am a proud Dominican and care about Dominica, therefor I cannot sit by and allow this to happen. When will we learn to agree to disagree without being disagreeable and throw this political cancer out of the minds of those who are affected.P.H.D.and still paying my dues to D/CA in case some one wants to remind me.

  18. Is That So!?
    March 7, 2012

    What is so so special about that case,compared to so many more crime cases you the so concerned ones are not so worried and concerned about?The MAN is alive.What about the many youths they just find dead?Why are you all not concerned and call for investigation?Politics not involve so you all don’t care!

    • burt dave
      March 7, 2012

      Let me agree with you all crime is crime and they should allbe investigated.But let us agree that there are crimes that have more publicity than others for a number of reason, This case in particular we had government ministers making public comments, the opposition made comments, Tony Astaphan and the list goes on, also the manner in which the police is handling this case leaves much to be desired. Officer A prejudice himself when he made premature statements in the very early stages of the investigation.
      Everything done in darkness be assured it must be revealed in the light, whoever one way or the other will have an apponitment with the truth

      • Is That So!?
        March 7, 2012

        No matter what..All crime is crime and they all ought to be investigated.Is this MAN more important than the many youths that are found dead? Where does publicity comes in? Only when politics plays its role.Stop being bias.Just check the comments and you’ll see.

    • ?????
      March 7, 2012

      I guess this one involves people whom you adore as your God, but they are criminally minded!

      • Is That So!?
        March 7, 2012

        It takes a thief to catch a thief..meditate on that?????

    • Peeping Tom
      March 7, 2012

      Is That So: “What is so so special about that case,compared to so many more crime cases you the so concerned ones are not so worried and concerned about?”

      I am tired of asking this same question. All who claim to be inteersted in justice, why aren’t you equally vocal and passionate in your fighht for justice for that policeman whose house was firebombed while he watched tv and his lady and daughter slept, or that Pierre lady who was murdered brutally many moons ago, or the Dalrymple fellar who was stabbed to death during a live public function, or the little boy from Pointe Michel who was, apparently, sodomised and murdered, or…..? Where are your voices? Is your sense of justice so loudly selective?

      As i have said before, justice has a special meaning for many loud-mouthed Dominicans and those who do not care to know better simply follow the loud-mouthed ones and the ignorance and incivility are perpetuated and justice is lost.

  19. vanassa
    March 7, 2012

    if is not so why there is not result as yet almost two years,tell your men do their jobs well

  20. Rule
    March 7, 2012

    The victim is under no obligation to subject himself and wife to any sort of interrogation.
    It’s the job of the Police to investigate this Arson/attempted murder incident.
    Carrette seems to be implying that Emmanuel is hiding something because of lack of cooperation. Carrette also speaks in a politically bias undertone by blaming the slow progress by his dept on the Victim

    • Peeping Tom
      March 7, 2012

      Rule: “It’s the job of the Police to investigate this Arson/attempted murder incident.” Well, what if part of the investigation entails learning certain details from the victim? Seems to me that you are agreeing with Mr. Carrette that GON needs to cooperate with the police but you simply choose to throw stones.

      Is it boredom that makes so many Dominicans see everything in political colours. You know, political debates and conspiracy theories usually add heat and excitement to a topic. Or,maybe we are simply too lazy to let our brain work.

  21. Yoke Free
    March 7, 2012

    DNO did you ask him where is Seco or when is the FBI going to hand him over to real and sincere investigators?

    • Concern Islander
      March 8, 2012

      You honestly think the FBI is going to get involved with a fire in da? My friend the FBI would only take a peak if an american died in the fire and they think it’s murder.

      • Yoke Free
        March 8, 2012

        Not if Dominica Law enforcement request cooperation my firend.As soon as Dominica make a request to have Siko/Seco Siko / Seco will be in the hands of the FBI ready for package and delivery

  22. Laughing
    March 7, 2012

    Carrette just like you arrested Wiltshire why don’t you arrest GON if he is a suspect. Carrette is yet to answer the question. Carrette if GON is really a suspect use the legal authority arrest him and take him in for questioning- you did that to Wiltshire Mr Carrette. How can you tell us there is no political interference when Tony , Ian and Government propagandist information officer got involved.

  23. Truth B Told
    March 7, 2012

    How can anyone take Emmanuel seriously?

    The article states “the December 2010 fire that gutted his Goodwill residence”, when in fact only a very small portion of the exterior of the house was blackened by smoke and there was virtually no fire damage.

    • Anonymous
      March 8, 2012

      u serious man? they burn the man suv to we!! papa met all you not easy

      remember the old saying eh sa mwen douvan saw deh yaire

    • Voice From The North
      March 8, 2012

      You are surely not living in Dominica.

  24. Realist
    March 7, 2012

    Carette is the most believable and greatest truth speaking commisioner Dominica has ever haved. This man is so straight talking that he should have been a priest instead.

  25. tiny
    March 7, 2012

    mr Emmanuel…let me advise you…please answer their questions no matter how humiliating they are…so at least they can’t blame you anymore for not cooperating…can’t you see they are getting you angry on purpose…just humble yourself and answer their stupid questions

  26. Voice From The North
    March 7, 2012

    This is the comment I made earlier and which was not posted.
    “Commissioner Carrette is correct- Absolutely no interference because he and by extension his officers have done nothing and taken a hands off approach to investigating the fire-bombing of GON Emmanuel’s residence. The only interference they have has so far seems to be subjecting Mr. Emmanuel to investigation as if he was the only suspect; after all, they have not made any arrests or do not have any other suspects and all the focus have been on Mr. Emmanuel himself. Isn’t this a case of implicating the victim and vindicating the perpetrator(s)? If this is how the head of the police force operates, can we expect anything better from his subordinates? If this is the caliber of the man at the helm of the police force then it is a sad and stinging indictment on the state of policing in Dominica.”

    Is any thing wrong with that comment?

  27. pants on fire
    March 7, 2012

    One Christmas morn, when Jesus Christ was born, another firebomb to kill Dominicans. Big up to the calypsonian for the truth in song. Carrette could shout from the mountain top about no interference in that horrible criminal act, but Dominicans already know what they know.

    Carrette told Dominicans that “Seco” was a person of interest whom the police wanted back in Dominica to be interviewed. No interview has been done, but all of a sudden Carrette retracts and claims that “Seco” is no longer a person of interest. Was the FBI, CIA, or Law enforcemnet in the US ever written to for help to get “Seco” back to Dominica? Were they told and when, that “Seco” is no longer a person of interest, so forget helping our police to find him and get him back? Shouldn’t the SC be brought in for questioning since he openly was speaking on radio with the alledeged facilitator of the crime who the police said they were looking for?

    Carrette’s conscience will disturb him for the rest of his life. He is in defensive mode. Everytime GON Emanuel speaks, he will be disturbed more and more. What about the forensic report from Barbados? Mr. Carrette? What does it reveal? How could some human beings be so heartless?

    Lies! Lies! Lies! Dominicans do not listen to those Lies. We are seeing and hearing all what is going on. That horrible crime will burden the minds of all those directly or indirectly involved, including all those supporting, defending and protecting God knows whom.

    • Peeping Tom
      March 7, 2012

      Pants on fire: “Lies! Lies! Lies!” What are those lies, pants on fire? And, what is the truth?

  28. March 7, 2012

    Follow the money and you will find the criminals and all those connected to the money.That is so basic.but when you have educated fools in high offices thats what you expect.the television and the internet is so informative i wonder where these people went to school or are part of a corrupt regime.

  29. Mark
    March 7, 2012

    Mr. Carrette please stop talking. You will be doing the police institution and all of us a favour by cutting our losses. You are not trusted or respected. You are not seen or viewed as a leader but as a follower. I feel for you, but more than that, I feel for my country and for Mr. Emanuel and his family. You have done yourslef, your force and our country a disfavour. How do you sleep at night Sir and When are you retiring? Good bye in advance. Thanks

    March 7, 2012

    MR DOH HAVE NO CONSCIENCE !!!! :lol: 8)

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  32. Derryck
    March 7, 2012

    Dear Police Chief, this is not the first time you are blaming the victim in this case. Do you expect to solve this issue by continuing to blame the victim? Is he the one responsible for you not being able to obtain credible evidence or following leads? Sir, you never cease to astound me whenever you speak. I may be wrong but you usually seem to contradict yourself. Also do you have effective communications with your officers? I really expect that to be the case; so therefore I am more perplexed.

  33. Marcus Hill
    March 7, 2012

    This is a former Chief Magistrate, World War II Veteran. During his stay on the Bench he was very severe with his punishment of criminals. He is a man whose character can not be questioned.

    So I doh know what Carrette trying.

    1. Get a sworn testimony from Denny.
    2. Get the FBI to arrest Seco and return him to Dominica for questioning on the matter.
    3. Get the sample test that matched the shoes with jerrycan from the Barbados lab.

    That is what Carrette needs to do.

    • Fairplay
      March 7, 2012

      “whose character can not questioned”???Why did MAMO fire him???

    • ROSEAU!
      March 7, 2012

      Friend, the commissioner in my opinion did a fine job as usual to be diplomatic in his answers to the media and what he said is right on the money the behavior of MR Emanuel who is the victim of this alleged crime against him is acting like he has no respect for the same police he wants to investigate his report and this is a big mistake if it continues will sink the investigations and trust me this case will never be resolved. As a former investigator nothing frustrate an investigating officer more than when a complaiant or the person making a report to the police does not want to co-operate with the police in the end we all loose cause that person/s who may have commited this crime might be still out there to strike again. Mr advise to MR Emanuel Sir, assist the police to help you do not get caught up with the fact that you know it all,we have to be careful when we live and experienced life in the more develop countries and may have seen or serve in Law Enforcement out side of Dominica the tendency is to behave the way MR Emanuel is behaving.Trust me I put it mildly cause my aim is to educate and learn from others even if I live outside of Dominica. Proud to have served in the Police Service it is an experience money cannot pay for. Long live our Police Force.

      • Peeping Tom
        March 7, 2012

        Well said.

        Let’s face it, GON has more to gain in cooperating with the police than not. A whole lot more!

      • LOL!
        March 8, 2012

        Stupid or senile mr senile? Such a good lawyer in the past has made a political party ruin his chance of justice. Worse people to get involved in your business is the Q-Crew, they destroy you then they leave you to die alone. Mano, cooperate according to Tiny, dont allow UPWEE to use you, when they done only the police will be there with you. The will dump you like they did to others before you when you are no longer useful to their cause. Peepin Tom is right, so many causes worth fighting for in this country.

  34. Copycat
    March 7, 2012

    Liar! Liar! Liar!…..

  35. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012

    Was Earl Grant (Seco) home for last Christmas or this Carnival. Is he coming home for Easter and for this Christmas.

    • Marcus Hill
      March 7, 2012

      The man has given his sister Power of attorney. So he has no intentions of coming home.

    • Been There Done That
      March 7, 2012

      The man was SXM to bury his son who died at birth. He could just go DA to clear his name, but NOOO, back to the US.

      • Tony
        March 8, 2012

        Hi, Which State is he in, NY, NJ, FL if so we should asked the FBI to question him about this vicious crime. Maybe we can get them to take away his Green Card.

  36. As I see it
    March 7, 2012

    I know commissioner Carrette is supposed to be a trained proffessional but he sure does not sound like one here neither does he sound convincing. With his own mouth he implied that GON Emmanuel is somewhat cooperating with the investigation, but not ‘fully’. What does he mean by that? If he is not fully cooperating but is cooperating some what, then can you not work with with what you have?
    My problem with mr Carrette is, almost a year ago, he told the nation that police had a perso of interst in mind but he was out of the island, and the police would work with police from that country, to have this individual return to Dominica. A year later, nothing from the police?
    Mr. Astaphan, who might be the secret investigator, had a radio interview with a young man who had just left the country, and during that interview, it was said that the young man would come back to clear his name. Again, a year later, this person has not put foot in Dominica. Although we have had major events like test cricket, creole festival, and canival and we know that he is a lover of all those events yet, he is yet to come!
    Also, surprisingly,a young man who is now in state prison confessed that he committed that paid crime and tolld the nation how he did it, who took him there, who paid him, and called the person by name, which is the same person Tony had that live arranged interview with and the same one the commissioner told us that they wer working with their coleagues to ensure that that same young man be sent back to DA, yet after almost a year now, Mr commissioner continues to tell us that GON is not fully cooperating and tells us nothing about this young man.
    Mr. Carrette, in closing let me say to you that the blood of this crime is on you and so is the blood of everyone who was inpired to do evil as a result of this poor investigation.

    • Tony
      March 8, 2012

      Hi, The Police know who committed this crime and it involved Politics therefore they have no interest in solving this crime. We need an independant Prosecutor with Subpoena powers who can bring the lead investigator and his supervisor infront of a Grand Jury to explain the status on their investigation and why they have failed to make an arrest. Anyway thanks your post has explained many of the troubling questions in this case.

  37. ron rainbow
    March 7, 2012

    things that make you go hmmmmmm!!!!!

  38. March 7, 2012

    The police force is a corrupt place now.Whenever you speak the truth they always want you to come up with evidence or facts, it have facts and when you present the facts now they want to condemn you and make you become the victim.But in my opinion their time while come , remember every thing is for time.All dogs have their day.

    • ROSEAU!
      March 7, 2012

      Sort ou Sort.

  39. over seas
    March 7, 2012

    Ih all the rumors I did not hear about 10 millions dollars. Seems Mano alone heard about it. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  40. D
    March 7, 2012

    If one is thoroughly investigating a crime wouldn’t all the suspects named be subject to questioning so that they can be either ruled out or implicated? Where is sicko/secko whatever you want to call him. Has he ever been questioned by the police after Denny S. accused him of being involved? Just asking.

  41. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012

    Liar, Liar, Liar

  42. Peeping Tom
    March 7, 2012

    So, at what point do the cops charge GON for obstruction of justice?

  43. 1979 eTErNAL
    March 7, 2012

    absolutely shameless…..

  44. silent patriot
    March 7, 2012

    check out the last sentence here..i guess they will do that when they ready..in their own precious time.”the wheels of justice sometimes turns slowly”

  45. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012

    Denny boy grant Dominicans this favor. Tell us where u went the night of the fire.

  46. tiny
    March 7, 2012

    Carrette between you and Emmanuel..who do you think would be afraid to take a polygraph test?

    • over seas
      March 7, 2012


      • Been There Done That
        March 7, 2012


  47. tata
    March 7, 2012

    Cooperate with the police,anser all qestions and will help you more that Q

  48. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012

    What does Carrette means when he said ‘so called self condfession?’ Is he implying that this person actually lied on himself? This man confessed…Why can’t the police act on this and move on with investigations? Mr Emmanuel was interviewed already so move on…What is so difficult about that. SMH

    • Mistery
      March 7, 2012

      OK here is a scenario!

      Blue confesses to shooting Black to death by using a .22 calibre pistol. The Gun found at the scene was a .37 Magnum and the autopsy revealed that Black was shot with a .37 Magnum.

      Blue said in his confession that he used a friend’s silver car to commitment the crime on that fateful day. However, the investigation shows that the car in question was out of commission for over nine months without tramsmission and packed in the yard of Yellow.

      Could it be that Black took his own life with a .37 Magnum?

      Please ponder on this.

      • Peeping Tom
        March 7, 2012

        Lol, Mistery! I see where you are going with this one. The thing is, many of the faceless cloned bloggers here or the loud mouthed “journalists” out there do not care about common sense. Facts only matter to them when the facts fit their cause. Otherwise, who cares about common sense and facts?

        Ah, Dominicans! Yes I.

  49. Referee
    March 7, 2012

    I have a hugh problem believing the police in this matter.

  50. tiny
    March 7, 2012

    ok …he is not a suspect…so why isn’t he cooperating then?….seems like the man is being aggravated…they are playing a game with him….i think they are indeed treating him like a suspect to get that type of reaction fromm him..so that they can later say that he isn’t being cooperative…

    • tiny
      March 7, 2012

      the man is not a fool…..he is reacting that way because of the questions that is being asked…then you want to say its the first time you hearing about the insurance theory…well it seems like you need to communicate with your subordinates

  51. LOL!
    March 7, 2012

    Fellow dominicans when you have a problem do not allow politicians to use you or your case for their benefit.

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